Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America
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QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – June 23, 2018
SATO EARNED HIS BEST START AT ROAD AMERICA OF SEVENTH PLACE FOR THE KOHLER GRAND PRIX; RAHAL TO START NINTH
1) Josef Newgarden 1:43.2026 / 140.020 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
7) Takuma Sato 1:43.1108 / 140.144 mph (Group 2, Round 2)
9) Graham Rahal 1:43.1874 / 140.040 mph (Group 2, Round 2)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 GEHL Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We wanted to be further up and get the GEHL Honda in the top-six. We’ve started in the top six every year, but there was nothing more in the car today. For maybe the first time this year I’m confident saying that; there was nothing more. We only lacked one-tenth (of a second) over four miles from fourth (place) but that’s what Indy car racing is now. Yeah we qualified ninth but when you think that a tenth of a second over four plus miles can move you five spots, it’s crazy but that’s the reality of Indy car. We’ve just got to try to find a little more improvements for tomorrow, make the car a little more consistent for the race and hopefully we can go out there and attack. I think a lot of people have a lot of questions for the race. There is no warm-up this year so we’ll see how it goes.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was definitely a good day. The entire team worked extremely well. The 30 boys always have but it is great to give them back a nice position in qualifying. We were just four hundredths (of a second) off from the top six (in Round 2) and that shows how competitive the field is. I’m extremely happy to start seventh, which is the best position here so far. It’s a long race. We believe we have a strong car for the race so I’m looking forward to having a strong result.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ROAD AMERICA … The 2018 KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America will mark the 15th time for the team to compete in an Indy car race here and third since 2003. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races here from 1992-2003 and again since 2016 with a best starting position of pole by Kenny Brack in 2001 and best finish of second place by Bobby Rahal in 1996. The team has earned a total of five podium finishes here (2nd – B. Rahal 1996; 3rd – B. Rahal 1992-1993, Kenny Brack 2000, Graham Rahal 2016). The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA-sanctioned races here under the name BMW Team RLL since 2009 and has three wins (2009, 2010, 2012), three poles (2009, 2011, 2014) and a total of eight podium finishes here.
NEXT UP: The KOHLER Grand Prix will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 12:30 PM ET Sunday, June 24. The field will take the Green Flag at 1:12 PM ET.
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