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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
IZOD IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, April 14, 2012
SATO QUALIFIED 13TH FOR THE
POLE: Ryan Briscoe 1:08.6089 (set in Round 3)
13th: Takuma Sato 1:09.9000 (set in Round 1)
TAKUMA SATO, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I am disappointed to not make it through to Round 2. The track was quite slippery in the beginning of qualifying and unfortunately I kissed the wall a little bit and bent the toe-link. Because of the limited time I had to continue and improved the lap time but I couldn’t make it through to Round 2. We will go through the data from today and hopefully have a good package for the race. We just need a trouble-free race and we can get a good result.”
FAST FACTS: Will make his third start at this track. Previously, his best start here was 19th and best finish is 18th – both for KV Racing Technology in 2010… His best road/street course qualifying was pole at
GERRY HUGHES, Race Engineer for Sato: “We were seventh quickest in our qualifying round and a tenth-and-a-half (of a second) would have put us in sixth place and we would have managed to go to Round 2 so we are very disappointed given where we felt we could be. And for the first time this year we felt we had the potential to go to Round 2 so it’s been a disappointing afternoon. I suppose the only positive to come out of that is that with all the engine penalties that Chevy-powered cars will have for tomorrow’s final grid, it means that we will be bumped up in the order but it would be nice to get there on our own merits instead of other people’s misfortunes.”
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NEXT UP: Morning- warm-up will take place tomorrow from 9:15-9:45 a.m. PT the 85-lap Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will take the Green Flag at 1:17 p.m. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com. NBC Sports Network will begin their race broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, April 14. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be televised live on NBC Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, April 15. “INDYCAR 36” will air on the same network before the race broadcast at 3:00 p.m. ET and will feature team-owner Bobby Rahal’s son, Graham