LEXINGTON, OH – Graham Rahal is always excited to return to his hometrack of Mid-Ohio. His win here in 2015 was a career achievement that can only be topped by an Indy 500 triumph. Rahal, is usually giving his Buckeye fans a treat. He has four top five finishes in his last five tries on the 2.258-mile road course including five consecutive top 10 results.
On the season, the Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing driver has six straight top 10 finishes in his No. 15 Honda. That’s why he had high hopes for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (4 p.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Instead, he’ll have to come from mid pack.
Rahal, qualified 15th on Saturday. It’s his worst starting spot since Belle Isle 2. But, while he’s happy to make gains from Friday to Saturday, he’s disappointed in not having a better starting spot.
See, Rahal narrowly missed out on Q2. Plus, mix the field having just six-hundredths of a second between them, he’s on the wrong side of the scoring monitor when it matters the most.
“Four cars were within six-hundredths of a second in our group and we weren’t on the right end of that to progress to Round 2,” Rahal said. “Obviously, we’re disappointed to not be faster. Gearing cost us two-tenths alone just down the straightaways. We’re going to have to find more speed for tomorrow. We made progress this morning from yesterday and we hoped to continue that in qualifying. We won from 13th here, so we’re just going to have to try to do the same from 15th.”