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GRAHAM RAHAL'S #30 QUICK TRIM/RLR SPECIAL READY FOR TOMORROW'S INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING
INDIANAPOLIS - Mother Nature cut teams a break Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the gloom and doom predicted by every meteorologist in the Hoosier State never showed up, giving teams a full day of practice for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Graham Rahal and the Rahal Letterman Racing team continued their progress heading into tomorrow's Pole Day qualifying as the #30 Quick Trim/RLR Special turned 54 laps and hung up a quick time of 39.9749 seconds (225.141 mph), putting him 11th among those cars practicing on Friday.
Even more encouraging was the fact that the RLR squad did the closest thing to a full qualifying simulation run as it had run all week, and turned a quartet of lap speeds that all fell between 225.1 and 224.9 mph. Matching those speeds in tomorrow's four-lap qualifying would give the #30 Quick Trim/RLR Special a strong opportunity to make it into the Pole Shootout at the end of the day, which pits the fastest nine qualifiers against each other to set the order for the first three rows in the field for the May 30 Indy 500.
"I think we made a lot of progress today with the car," Rahal reported. "We've always been pretty happy with our pace but we were struggling to maintain that speed throughout a full run. But we've made gains over the day and now we're consistent to within two-tenths of a second through the run and that's an encouraging sign. I think we're awfully competitive now and we should have a pretty good shot to do well this weekend."