1) Robert Wickens 1:01.6643 / 105.085 mph
5) Takuma Sato 1:01.8821 / 105.625 mph
24) Graham Rahal 1:04.0990 / 101.094 mph
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m obviously disappointed. I got good signs out of the car in the back section and I knew that the first lap on the reds (Firestone alternate tires) was supposed to be the really good one. Yesterday we didn’t get a good feel for that but obviously I wanted to go out there and push hard and I just came out of Turn 10, stood on it. It seemed okay and the next thing I knew, it just went around. I’m disappointed clearly for everybody. I don’t know what the pace would have been but it was giving me positive vibes. I thought that on the used blacks, when others were on new blacks, we were pretty competitive so I felt like going forward we should be half decent. I’m disappointed for the first race to start off this way but we can’t get too down on ourselves. We’ve just got to stay focused. Tomorrow is a new day and we are going to work hard to get the United Rentals car to the front. Bourdais started last here last year and won. With the pit windows and the fuel strategy and everything else now there are big opportunities so we’ve just got to think through it.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I enjoyed qualifying. Obviously it was tricky conditions and I wish I could have been little higher but I’m not complaining. The Firestone Fast Six is just the best place to be for the race. The guys did a tremendous job in very tricky conditions. They sent me out in the perfect time. It’s a little bit of a shame because being on the front row would have been nice but the important thing is to have a strong car in the race which I believe we have.”
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