Motegi: Newman/Haas Racing qualifying report

QUICK TRIM DRIVER RAHAL QUALIFIED 16TH FOR THE INDY JAPAN 300; FORMULA DREAM DRIVER MUTOH TO START 17TH FOR HIS HOME EVENT Graham Rahal, No. 02 Quick Trim Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Our out lap was pretty good but the car understeered so I tried...

QUICK TRIM DRIVER RAHAL QUALIFIED 16TH FOR THE INDY JAPAN 300; FORMULA DREAM DRIVER MUTOH TO START 17TH FOR HIS HOME EVENT

Graham Rahal, No. 02 Quick Trim Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Our out lap was pretty good but the car understeered so I tried to chase it. With only a couple of clicks of the weight-jacker I had a big moment. In Turns 3 and 4 on the first timed lap, the back of the car snapped on me. It was the biggest moment I've had since Homestead in 2008 (crashed in testing prior to the season-opener as rookie). After that, naturally for the second lap I wanted to get the deal done and bring the car home in one piece. I was really, really hoping for better. We haven't had the pace of last year in race trim. We definitely need to work overnight to figure it out. What worked last year isn't working this year."

Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It has been very, very busy for me but in a good way. There are a lot of fans in the grandstand and I am happy about that. I think the lap time was decent in qualifying but I was expecting to qualify around 12th. I think we have a quite decent race car. We don't have as much speed as we would like but the car is consistent. I think we can move forward in the race. For sure there is huge pressure since this is my home country."

-source: nhr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Hideki Mutoh