Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 19, 2017
RAHAL QUALIFIED SEVENTH FOR THE ABC SUPPLY 500 AT POCONO RACEWAY
POLE: Takuma Sato 2-lap avg. speed of 219.639 mph (L1: 220.045, L2: 219.235)
7th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 218.099 mph (L1: 218.252, L2: 217.947)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a good, solid run for us but we’re obviously very lucky because we had a pretty bad puncture. You can hear the air coming out from the puncture from here it’s so big. The car balance wasn’t bad in Turn 3 but I noticed in Turn 1 that there was a lot of bottoming which was upsetting the balance on entry. We have a right rear that’s flat so we’re just lucky the tire didn’t go and the car is in one piece. Its looks like by the time I finished the run it was down six pounds on air. We didn’t have the easiest run of it in the first practice but we found some things that helped us late in the session. Now we can turn our attention to putting a good car on the track tomorrow and trying to get a win. This is an important race for us, a huge race for us in the championship.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT POCONO AND IN 500 MILE RACES… Will be the fifth race for the team at this track. The team entered cars for Graham Rahal and James Jakes in 2013 and Rahal in 2014-2016. Rahal earned the best start for the team here with fifth place in 2015 and the best finish is 12th by Jakes in 2013. The team’s highest 500-mile start is pole by Buddy Rice in the 2004 Indy 500 and the team has three 500-mile wins – 2004 Indy 500 by Buddy Rice, 2002 by Jimmy Vasser and 2015 by Graham Rahal – both at Auto Club Speedway.
NEXT UP: The 200-lap ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will take the Green Flag at 2:46 p.m. ET Sunday. NBC Sports Network will begin live coverage at 2 p.m. ET.
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