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2014 Milwaukee: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 17, 2014 - 06:36 AM
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2014 Milwaukee: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap

POLE: Will Power 2-lap avg. speed of 169.262 mph (L1: 21.6577, L2: 21.5180)
14th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 166.032 mph (L1: 21.9950, L2: 22.0206)


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GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “On the very last run in practice I thought we found some good stuff and I think that carried over into qualifying. I was really struggling with the rear of the car and I think we improved it significantly. We had an issue with a tire so we had to change to our second set early so we didn’t really get a fair shake on our qualifying simulation but on old tires we were running low 23’s at the end of the session which was pretty good compared to what I’ve seen. It’s tough though; there is no grip for anyone. Everyone is in the same boat and sliding around. I think the tires are going to be a key factor in this race. To follow in traffic is difficult but we’ll see what happens. This place is extremely hard because it’s a flat one-mile track and we typically don’t run on flat places other than street and road courses so it is different but I feel good about the National Guard car. We have a lot of very smart people on this team and I think you guys have all seen that lately its starting to come together. It didn’t right away but I think we have honed in on what we need to work on and we’re starting to get there. We didn’t have a very good test here but we’re coming off what should be four top-10s and a couple of top-five’s in a row had we not had the gearbox issue in Toronto too. We’re on a bit of a hot streak and we definitely feel pretty good about where we’re at. The National Guard guys are working really hard and we’ve just got to keep our head down and have a really good day tomorrow.”

· FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth race here. Missed winning his first pole in 2008 by 2/10ths of a second over a four lap average and started a career best second to Andretti in what was the first Andretti/Rahal front row since 1992 in Loudon, NH. Ran between second and fourth until L130 when he drove over “marbles” and lost control of his car after trying to go around the slower car of Manning. Retired in 25th place. Qualified 2nd in 2009 and briefly took the lead at the start but dropped to third by the end of the lap and ultimately finished fourth, his highest finish on an oval at the time. In 2010, he ran a partial season and did not race at Milwaukee. In 2011 he qualified 12th and finished 2nd. He qualified 17th, started 11th after many ahead served an engine change penalty and finished ninth in 2012. In 2013 he qualified 23rd but started 24th due to a 10-grid penalty for an unapproved engine change. The team constantly worked to improve the car with each stop and he finished 16th… His best finish this season is second place in Detroit Dual 1 and best start is fourth in Race 2 of the 2014 Houston doubleheader.

RLL AT MILWAUKEE: The ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 will mark the 20th event for RLL at the legendary Milwaukee Mile oval. The team WON here twice (Kenny Brack 2001 & Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003), started from POLE three times (Bobby Rahal 1992, Kenny Brack 2001, Vitor Meira 2004), made four FRONT ROW STARTS (2nd – Jourdain Jr. 2003) and earned FOUR PODIUMS (2nd: Rahal 2004, Rice 2004). Prior to the 2014 event, the team prepared a total of 36 entries for drivers such as Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1993-94), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Kenny Brack (2000-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03), Buddy Rice (2004-06), Vitor Meira (2004-05), Danica Patrick (2005-06), Jeff Simmons (2006-07), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned 10 top-five finishes and 19 top-10’s at the track. The No. 15 National Guard entry for Graham Rahal will bring that total to 37 in 2014.

NEXT UP: NBC Sports Network will begin coverage at 3:00 p.m. ET Sunday and the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 will take the Green Flag at 3:50 p.m. ET. Streaming video and Timing and Scoring information is available for all practice sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the IMS Radio Network.

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