Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – July 29, 2017
STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL MATCHED HIS BEST MID-OHIO QUALIFYING EFFORT WITH A FOURTH PLACE START FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO
1) Will Power 1:04.1720 / 126.672 mph (Round 3)
4) Graham Rahal 1:04.7959 / 125.452 mph (Round 3; P1 lap from R2 – 1:04.08)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “To have the Steak ‘n Shake Honda be the fastest overall in qualifying is special but we would have liked to be on pole. I messed up on my best lap in Q3 and obviously the two rounds before I put it all together but when it counted we lost a lot in the last turn, in turn 12, on the very start of the final lap. I don’t know if we had enough on used reds – Power was on used reds too – but I don’t think I had that sort of time in me but we were definitely better than fourth so I’m a little disappointed in fourth place. I lost four-tenths in one corners alone and then on the last lap I almost lost it. It’s great for our team and program to be up front once again. We’ve got a good starting spot and hopefully can battle from there. Last year you saw with the three-stopper that a lot of guys were on reds, even if they were used they were preferred. This year it’s a new tire so we haven’t run them a full stint yet. We’re in a really good spot in terms of tires. We didn’t use any new blacks and Helio used two sets in qualifying. So I thinking tomorrow morning we can use a set and then we can have a heyday in the race and run whatever we want.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT MID-OHIO … The Honda Indy 200 will mark the 20th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009-2012. The team has one win (G. Rahal 2015), three podiums (3rd: B. Rahal 1997, 1998) and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd). Prior to the 2017 event, the team prepared a total of 29 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2016) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned THREE podiums (1st – G. Rahal; 3rd – Rahal 1997, 1998), 12 top-five’s and 16 top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake entry for Graham Rahal will bring the Indy car total to 30 entries in 2016.
NEXT UP: The morning warm-up will take place tomorrow from 11:15-11:45 a.m. ET and the 90-lap race will take the Green Flag at 3:47 p.m. The Honda Indy 200 will be televised live on CNBC beginning at 3:00 PM ET Sunday, July 30. NBCSN will re-air the race beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
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