Rahal warns IndyCar rivals “our race car is better than our qualifying car”
Graham Rahal, a 34-year-old native of Ohio, secured his second pole position of the season in Saturday’s qualifying session. He was the only driver in the Fast Six to use the harder primary tire compound, while the others opted for the softer alternate compound. Rahal compared his pace to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race, where he also started on pole but finished second due to a different strategy. He believes that his race car will perform better than his qualifying car and that his team’s decision to use fewer sets of tires in practice will work in their favor. Rahal’s last IndyCar win came in Detroit in 2017, and he hopes to finally get another victory after several close calls. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has had success at this particular road course in the past, and Rahal feels that the cooler track temperatures on race day could create a different outcome in terms of tire strategy.