Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Grand Prix of Portland – Portland, Oregon
NTT IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 31, 2019
RAHAL WILL START 15TH AND SATO 17TH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
1) Colton Herta 57.8111 / 122.302 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
15) Graham Rahal 57.9648 / 121.977 mph (Group 1, Round 1)
17) Takuma Sato 57.9668 / 121.973 mph (Group 1, Round 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We go on about impeding progress and that’s a big thing in qualifying. The first lap, second lap maximum are where these tires are their best. To start my first flyer, I was six seconds behind him (Veach) and to finish it, I was under one second. To be five seconds off on your first flyer is ridiculous and it killed our run. And the lap was solid, it was a low nine (57.9) so I knew I had to finish it but then I was up his gearbox and that was it. I’m disappointed. On the blacks (primary tires) in particular, I thought our car was very good. I think we were less than a tenth off. The One Cure machine is going to have some work to do tomorrow. I think our race car will be good though.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We tried to have a good qualifying but it seems that we didn’t have enough speed to get into the next round. The field is extremely tight. We’re talking about two-hundredths of a second to make it to the next segment. We thought we had quite a good car today so its shame that we didn’t move on but I feel very positive for the race. We will try to make tomorrow a good one.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here last year in Indy car racing’s returning to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007. The 2019 race will mark the 14th time for RLL to compete in an Indy car race here. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races at PIR from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Bryan Herta in 1998 and Max Papis in 2001 and best finish of first place by Max Papis in 2001 and Sato in 2018. RLL has earned a total of four podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 114 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69, Sato: 25). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogerty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa).
NEXT UP: The Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 1.