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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
IZOD IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES - Saturday, July 7, 2012
SATO QUALIFIED 11TH FOR THE HONDA INDY
POLE: Dario Franchitti 59.3510 / 106.451 mph (Group 2; fastest time set in Round 3)
11th: Takuma Sato 59.8197 / 105.617 mph (Group 1; fastest time set in Round 2)
TAKUMA SATO, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Overall it was a good day and a good qualifying session but unfortunately we had a penalty which was quite harsh. Obviously I don’t want to impede anyone of course. I went wide in Turn 1 and there were a lot of marbles. I went back on track when the
FAST FACTS: This will be Sato’s third race in
GERRY HUGHES, Race Engineer for Sato: “In the morning session we didn’t manage to get a clean lap on new tires at the end of the session so it was disappointing not to be able to evaluate all the changes we made overnight in dry conditions. Going into qualifying, we were fairly confident that we got a direction with the car in terms of the balance with the changes we made and it was nice to see that we could progress from Round 1 into Round 2. We made some changes on the car between rounds and they helped us improve our overall lap time to the tune of four-tenths (of a second) but we weren’t quite quick enough to stay in the top six to progress to Round 3. To have our two fastest times taken away because of impeding other drivers, I can’t really make comment on that as I haven’t seen the video to analyze it myself but those calls are always difficult. The series decided to take our two fastest times away so we finished 11th in the session. Given the two engine penalties of the people that finished in front of us, we should line up on the grid tomorrow ninth which is not too shabby either but I think there is still more time to come from the car in qualifying trim. We will work hard to give Takuma a good race car tomorrow and try to collect some championship points tomorrow and try to boost our performance and ranking.”
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NEXT UP: The morning warm-up will take place tomorrow from 8:30-9:00 a.m. ET and the Honda Indy Toronto will be televised live on ABC beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 8. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com.