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2014 Fontana: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 30, 2014 - 06:14 AM
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2014 Fontana: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think our run was good. In the practice earlier, our car struggled in the heat. But at night, the other night in the test, I felt our car was really strong compared to those I was around. It’s hot here obviously for qualifying; everybody knows that the track temp is probably the hottest that we’ve seen.


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The wind was picking up and it made it tricky in Turns 1 and 2. And in Turns 3 and 4 it was pretty loose because the wind was on the nose (of the car). But our National Guard car is good. I thought the 17.0 (qualifying lap 1) was strong and on the second lap I had to lift too much in Turn 1 but I think at night we’ll have a pretty good race car. We’ve just got to do well tomorrow. Its not only the last race for us with the National Guard, it’s also their last race in Indy car racing and we want to make them proud.”

· FAST FACTS: Will be his third Indy car race here. In 2013 he qualified 18th but started 22nd after grid penalties were assessed. He was in 14th place, one lap down to the leaders, when a mechanical failure ended his race and he ultimately finished 15th. He qualified 11th in 2012 with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR), started 18th after a penalty for an unapproved engine change and finished sixth. He is looking to close the season with a top-five performance… 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 FONTANA: The 2014 MAVTV 500 will mark the 13th IndyCar race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here. The team was entered in seven CART/Champ Car races from 1997-2003 but the 2003 event was cancelled due to wildfires. In total, the team competed in six CART/Champ Car races (all scheduled as 500-mile races; five run as such) and six Indy Racing League/IndyCar Series events (2002-2005, 2012-2013). The team won ONE RACE (Jimmy Vasser 2002), made TWO front row starts (2nd: Max Papis 1999, Kenny Brack 2003), earned FOUR podiums (2nd - Papis 1999 & 2001; 3rd - Vitor Meira 2005), and led 407 laps (chart available). The team entered cars for Bobby Rahal (1997-1998), Bryan Herta (1997-1999), Max Papis (1999-2001), Kenny Brack (2000-2001, 2003), Jimmy Vasser (2002 – both CCWS & IRL), Michel Jourdain (2002-2003), Buddy Rice (2004-2005), Vitor Meira (2004-2005), Danica Patrick (2005), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013) and James Jakes (2013). The No. 15 National Guard entry for Graham Rahal will bring that total to 23 Indy car entries in this race.

NEXT UP: NBC Sports Network will begin coverage at 9:00 p.m. ET Saturday and the MAVTV 500 will take the Green Flag at 7:20 p.m. PT.

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