Iowa 300 – Iowa Speedway
NTT IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, July 19, 2019
SATO AND RAHAL QUALIFIED FOURTH AND SEVENTH FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S IOWA 300 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
POLE: Simon Pagenaud 2-lap avg. speed of 180.073 mph (L1: 17.8476, L2: 17.8979)
4th: Takuma Sato 2-lap avg. speed of 177.646 mph (L1: 17.9605, L2: 18.2733)
7th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 175.857 mph (L1: 18.3540, L2: 18.2484)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Practice didn’t go great and you could see that by the lap times. Qualifying was good, I thought we did a good, solid job. The car had a lot of understeer but compared to practice, I’ll take it. The One Cure car seemed to have pace; we’ve just got to refine that. And in 175-degree temps, it’s hard to refine. Now we move on to final practice in race time conditions and we’ll see what we’ve got.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The first lap was pretty good but unfortunately on the second lap I had a huge wash out in Turn 2 and had to lift. Considering we had a difficult practice this morning I think the team did a great job. Iowa is always special for me since I got my first pole position here. There is no rest here. The whole way, all 300 laps, is just very exciting and a hard battle. We had a good race last year and there is no reason why we can repeat that this year.”
RLL AT IOWA: The Iowa 300 will mark the 10th event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Iowa Speedway. The best finish for the team is third in 2018 by Takuma Sato and 2007 by Scott Sharp who also earned the top start for the team of fourth the same year. Prior to the 2019 event, the team prepared a total of 12 entriesfor drivers Scott Sharp (2007), Jeff Simmons (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012, 2018) Graham Rahal (2013-2018) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned two podiums (3rd – Sharp 2007, Sato 2018) and seven, top-10 finishes at the track.
NEXT UP: Final practice will take place tonight from 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT. The Iowa 300 will take the Green Flag at 7:15 p.m. ET. NBCSN will begin live coverage of the race at 7 p.m. ET. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.