Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Iowa Corn 300 – Iowa Speedway
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 7, 2018
SATO AND RAHAL WILL START 10TH AND 12TH IN SUNDAY’S IOWA CORN 300 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
POLE: Will Power 2-lap avg. speed of 182.391 mph (L1: 17.6810, L2: 17.6112)
10th: Takuma Sato 2-lap avg. speed of 178.708 mph (L1: 18.0678, L2: 17.9507)
12th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 178.410 mph (L1: 18.0323, L2: 18.0463)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Luther Automotive Group Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The Luther Automotive Group car accelerates pretty darn well so I expected to be in the first few rows so I’m definitely disappointed. We had a huge amount of understeer and that hurt us but we’ll keep chasing it. It was weird; it felt like the front tires weren’t even on the ground which isn’t anything like this morning. We knew with the hotter track temp we would be chasing that a little bit but it’s not overly hot here today. In race trim, up high we’ll be perfectly fine. But in the car, what do you do? I softened the bar and went left on the jacker which is all the tools you have. Other than that, just hang on.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were in a relatively better position in qualifying than we were in the first practice but the conditions were quite a bit different. Since we skipped the test here, it was a quite hectic first practice. We struggled with both speed and balance. There was a sketchy moment with some push. It’s quite challenging. I was quite surprised at how hard it is to get a good balance with the new aero kit and am not really satisfied at all with it currently but we will try to get it better for the race.”
RLL AT IOWA: The Iowa Corn 300 will mark the ninth event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Iowa Speedway. The best finish for the team is third in 2007 by Scott Sharp who also earned the top start for the team of fourth the same year. Prior to the 2018 event, the team prepared a total of 10 entries for drivers Scott Sharp (2007), Jeff Simmons (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012) Graham Rahal (2013-2017) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned one podium (3rd, Sharp 2007) and five, top-10 finishes at the track.
NEXT UP: Final practice will take place tonight from 5:45-6:45 p.m. CT. The Iowa Corn 300 will take the Green Flag at 1:40 p.m. CT. NBCSN will begin live coverage of the race at 2 p.m. ET. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the Advance Auto Parts NDYCAR Radio Network.
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