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2013 Toronto II: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Jul 13, 2013 - 03:44 PM
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2013 Toronto II: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap

POLE: Scott Dixon 58:9686 / 107.142 mph (Group 2)
20th: Graham Rahal 59:9216 / 105.438 mph (Group 1)
21st: James Jakes 1:00.7204 / 104.051 mph (Group 2; made contact which brought out the red flag and deducted 2 fast laps)


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GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The car is just lacking a bit of overall grip. People have to remember that the times are so competitive. Yesterday we were ninth in our group and were maybe a little more than four-tenths (of a second) off. To advance it only took two-tenths, its so competitive. Unfortunately here this weekend we don’t seem to have the mojo we had at Long Beach. We are struggling. Its frustrating but we just have to keep working at it. Today we are going to get our first chance at starting in the back and tomorrow we will get another chance. Without a doubt its not where you want to start. The standing start is going to be interesting. We’ll see what happens. At Newman/Haas, I started in the back in 2010 and finished fifth so it can be done. It just takes a lot of work, that’s for sure.”

· FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth and seventh Indy car race and he also competed in one Atlantic race. He set the 10th fastest time in his group (1) in qualifying for Race 2 of “Two in T.O.”… Started from pole in the 2006 Atlantic race but was hit by Raphael Matos on the first lap. Repaired the damaged suspension and returned to the track a few laps down, set the fastest race lap but later retired in 15th place. Started 15th in the 2007 Champ Car race as a rookie for NHR but an evasive move to avoid a pile up on Lap 1 led to him hitting the wall and a subsequent stop for a new front wing. Had to pit again for another front wing later in the race after running as high as second. Retired in 11th place after he made contact for the third time due to a broken steering rack. There was not a race in Toronto in 2008. In 2009, he started third but was hit by second place starter Will Power, who squeezed him to the wall on the opening lap before T1. A forced stop to replace his front wing dropped him to the back but he charged through the field into seventh place. He held his position behind Patrick but flat-spotted his tires which led to losing three positions before his next stop. He tried to pass the lapped car of Ed Carpenter on the inside on a right-handed turn but the contact ended his race in 20th place after 57/85 laps… In 2010, he started 14th with NHR and earned his best finish since his 2008 win in St. Pete of fifth place… He competed for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011-2012. In 2011 he qualified fifth, led 23 laps and finished 13th… In 2012, he qualified 12th, started 10th after penalties were served to two competitors ahead on the grid and was sixth when contact in Turn 1 forced him to retire from the race in 23rd… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th also in Long Beach… Is ranked 16th in series standings with 194 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The session was going okay. We didn’t quite make the improvements that we wanted but I still think we had a top-five car, I just made a mistake pushing a little bit too hard. We’ll see what we can do starting in the back, which is a shame, but we will put a good strategy together and work our way forward."

· FAST FACTS: Will be his third event here and first with RLL. He was on a fast lap near the end of qualifying for Race 2 of “2 in T.O.” but made contact with the Turn 5 wall and brought out the red flag, which eliminated his two fastest laps to drop him from seventh (at the time) to 11th in his group… Earned his best series start and finish of 2nd at the previous double-header races on the streets of Detroit (June 2). He qualified 19th here in 2012, started 24th due to a penalty for an unapproved engine change and earned his best finish at the time of eighth place. In 2011, he qualified 23rd and finished 18th. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… His best series start to date is 2nd at Dual 2 in Detroit and best finish is 2nd also at Dual 2 in Detroit… Is ranked 17th in series standings with 190 points.

1 POLE, 5 PODIUMS FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT TORONTO… It is the 14th (and 15th) Indy car races for the team in Toronto and second/third since 2003. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series races here in 2003 and 2004. The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal. Prior to the 2013 event, the team prepared a total of 22 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03) and Takuma Sato (2012). The team also prepared three Toyota Atlantic entries (Danica Patrick 2003-2004; Chris Festa 2004). The team has earned FIVE podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 17 top-10 finishes at the track.

NEXT UP: Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto “2 in T.O.” will take the Green Flag at 3:33 p.m. ET today and be televised live on NBC Sports Network at 3:00.

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