Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
INDYCAR Classic — Circuit of the Americas
Round 2 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, March 23, 2019
1) Will Power 1:46.0177 / 115.759 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
10) Graham Rahal 1:46.9676 / 114.764 mph (Group 2, Round 2)
14) Takuma Sato 1:47.7109 / 113.972 mph (Group 2, Round 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The TOTAL Honda was competitive. After looking at those times, I don’t know if we had quite enough to advance to Round 3. We had a good start to the day and were P3 in Practice 3. In qualifying, Group 1 went really well but in Group 2 I made a mistake. I reached for a little bit extra at the end of the back straight and the left front brake locked up immediately and that was game over. Did we have enough to advance? I’m not really sure but we were on the cusp. The lap was showing to be a 1:06.3 which was what did advance but would we have gained or lost time in the last few corners? I’m not really sure but I’m disappointed. We do have a competitive car though and hopefully tomorrow we will get the TOTAL car in victory lane.”
- FAST FACTS: Will make his first start at this track … Has six IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and three poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015.
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We had an unfortunate qualifying session again. The practice session felt pretty positive and we made good progress. We were P3 on the first attack for the first run in qualifying on the black tire and felt we had a reasonably good pace. Then we put on the red tires and went out to do the lap times and unfortunately somebody spun in front of us and brought out the red flag so I couldn’t even manage one timed lap. The car would have had better balance. At that point I was P4 or P5 but wasn’t able to complete the lap on red tires and dropped out of the top six. It’s definitely a shame after the good progress we made. There is not a warmup for tomorrow because we did it yesterday so hopefully we can figure the parts of the car out that I didn’t like overnight. It’s going to be a long, exciting race because nobody knows what to expect.”
- FAST FACTS: Will be his first start here… Has three wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 Indianapolis 500; 2018 – Portland) and seven series poles (2011 – Iowa (oval); 2011 – Edmonton (street); 2013 – Houston Race 1 (street); 2014 – St. Pete (street); 2014 Detroit Race 2 (street); 2017 – Detroit Race 2; 2017 – 2017 Pocono (oval).
NEXT UP: NBCSN will begin coverage of the INDYCAR Classic at 1 PM ET Sunday, March 24. The field will take the Green Flag at 1:43 PM ET.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!