Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
DXC Technology 600 – Texas Motor Speedway
Round 9 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, June 7, 2019
SATO EARNED HIS SECOND POLE OF THE SEASON, NINTH OVERALL AND FIRST AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; RAHAL WILL START NINTH FOR THE DXC TECHNOLOGY 600
POLE: Takuma Sato 2-lap avg. speed of 220.250 mph (L1: 220.433, L2: 220.067 mph)
9th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 218.449 mph (L1: 218.607, L2: 218.291 mph)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The run was good, the Fleet Cost & Care Honda was pretty good but I had a little bit of understeer and sixth gear was a little long so it didn’t pull. We didn’t trim as much as I think a lot of these guys did by the looks of it but I thought I would be relatively satisfied if we could start in the top 10. Takuma trimmed a little more than I did and he made a good run so congrats to him on pole. I think our race car is pretty good. We’ll go race tomorrow and see what happens.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Great job from the team. The car was a rocket ship. Coming from the Indy 500, this feels like a really short lap. I love the high-banks of Texas, the track is iconic for INDYCAR. It was an absolute team effort for the No. 30 ABeam car. The engineers worked so hard, Honda gave us great power and even Graham gave me a tip for the conditions. I was dreaming about it. Tomorrow will be completely different, the conditions will be different because it’s a night race but I’m looking forward to it. .”
RLL AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: The DXC Technology 600 will mark the 17th event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) 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 today by Sato and the 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 10, top-10’s at the track.
NEXT UP: 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.