SATO QUALIFIED NINTH AND RAHAL 20TH FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
POLE: Josef Newgarden 2-lap avg. speed of 220.613 mph (L1: 220.444, L2: 220.782 mph)
9th: Takuma Sato 2-lap avg. speed of 218.578 mph (L1: 218.703, L2: 218.453 mph)
20th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 216.092 mph (L1: 215.487, L2: 216.092 mph)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We’re not as good as we should be on these super speedways right now. It’s kind of been our weakness over the last handful of years. This team has been good everywhere else but we struggle on this type of track. The out lap was super loose, I had a lot of understeer on the first lap and the second lap was better. It was just an inconsistent balance which is the same as I had this morning. Takuma is doing a good job but I am just unhappy with the car. We didn’t have a great practice and it just carried over to qualifying. We’ll see what practice brings tonight and try to bounce back Saturday night.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a little sketchy in Turns 1 and 2 and I had to lift a little bit because the car was sliding over the bumps; it was a little bit too neutral. But in Turns 3 and 4, I was happy certainly after today’s practice session, I am happy with the speed I achieved. I’m happy that qualifying went extremely well with the 30 car under the circumstances. For the race, we are way over 400 pounds down on downforce from last year so obviously you can expect that the pack will be a little bit stretched out and it will be very difficult to follow as you observed in the Indy 500. With the banking here, typically Texas is a good two-wide race. Once the sun sets, I think you will be able to use the second lane and it will still be an exciting race.”
RLL AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: The DXC Technology 600 will mark the 16th event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) at the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval. The team’s highest start of pole with Scott Sharp came in 2007 and highest finish of first came in 2016 with Graham Rahal. The team earned another front row start in 2004 when Buddy Rice qualified second. Overall the team has earned five top-five finishes and eight top-10’s at the track.
NEXT UP: There will be a 30-minute practice session from 6:15-7:15 p.m. CT tonight and the DXC Technology 600 will take the Green Flag at 7:45 p.m. CT Saturday. Live coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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