1) Scott Dixon 219.308 mph 25 laps
2) Takuma Sato 219.262 mph 36 laps
3) Graham Rahal 218.311 mph 30 laps
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Right off the bat, the Fleet Cost & Care car was pretty competitive. The speed was there which was nice. When I saw the speed flash up on my second or third lap, it was a 215 (mph) already which was a little bit of a surprise. It wasn’t a great tow and yet the speed was there so the car’s got some pace. I think both of ours (Sato) do so we’ve just got to do some tweaking overnight. The race is going to be a big guess at this point because it’s going to be hotter and the truck race is before ours, but in general I feel pretty good.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “You want to see exciting racing here at Texas like it used to be – two-wide, three-wide, but I understand the safety issue. That’s why I think Firestone made a great commitment to bring this tire here. It seems to be working pretty well with the addition of the downforce. Tonight I felt pretty comfortable. Still there is a lot of work to be done in traffic so I don’t expect the race to be huge pack racing but somewhat more closer racing than last year for sure. Especially towards the night when everything is cooling down and the second lane opens. I tried to take that lane today and there was no way but hopefully Saturday night we will be able to go side-by-side like oval racing is meant to be.”
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 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: There will be a 30-minute tire scuffing / pit stop practice session from 1:30–2:00 p.m. CT and practice from 2:00–3:00. Qualifying will take place from 5:45-6:45 PM CT with live coverage beginning on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. CT. 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.