Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 12, 2017
RAHAL TO START 20TH IN THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
1) Will Power 1:07.7044 / 129.687 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
20) Graham Rahal 1:09.0985 / 127.071 mph (Group 2, Round 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We struggled in qualifying for sure. This morning we were pretty confident because the car was good. And as the track temp has come up like this – which we saw with the car in Alabama too – for some reason we lose a significant amount of front grip. I saw that on the primary tires at the start of qualifying but I was hoping it was kind of an oddball thing. And when we went to the reds, we just didn’t have the pace. Unfortunately in the two practice sessions before, we couldn’t build fuel pressure so we weren’t getting full power so our guys have been chasing that. And we hadn’t made many chassis adjustments because the car was pretty close but nowadays when advancing (the next round in qualifying) or not is a couple of tenths (of a second), we didn’t advance. It’s a frustrating day. (On starting in the back the past two years and finishing high:) Yes, we can do it again but I hate making our lives this difficult.”
RLL AT INDY ROAD COURSE…. The INDYCAR Grand Prix will mark the fourth Verizon IndyCar Series race on the 2.439-mile road course. The team’s best finish here is second in 2015 by Rahal and best start is 12th in 2014, also by Rahal.
NEXT UP: The pre-race warm-up will take place tomorrow from 11:00-11:30 a.m. ET and ABC will begin their broadcast of the INDYCAR Grand Prix beginning at 3:30 PM ET.
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