Round 03 Alabama

  • Sato, Rahal Sweep Front Row in Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying

    Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal led a 1-2 result for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, and a first-through-fifth-place sweep for Honda-powered drivers on the starting grid.


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Sato, Rahal Sweep Front Row in Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying

Alabama, April 06, 2019

  • Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal qualify 1-2 for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
  • Honda drivers claim first five qualifying positions, ten of top-12 grid slots

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 6, 2019) – Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal led a 1-2 result for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing today in qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, and a first-through-fifth-place sweep for Honda-powered drivers on the starting grid.

Advancing through all three rounds of “knockout” qualifying, Sato set his best time on his final lap in the “Firestone Fast Six” final round to claim his eighth NTT IndyCar Series pole and first on a natural road course.  Teammate Rahal, who will start second, produced his best qualifying result of the early season, after starting 10th in the opening two races of 2019.

Honda drivers Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe will fill out the second row of the starting grid after qualifying third and fourth, respectively.   Sebastien Bourdais rounds out the top five with his best qualifying result of the season.

Sunday’s 90-lap Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Comments

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) pole qualifier, eighth career IndyCar Series pole, first natural road course pole; 1-2 qualifying result for Rahal Letterman Lanigan with teammate Graham Rahal qualifying second:

“This is a dream result, a fantastic result for the team. Obviously, we drove absolutely on the edge but a huge credit for the team, awesome job.  We don’t really care which one is first…obviously I care that I’m ahead of Graham!.  Today we got everything together.”

Results

IndyCar Series 2019
Round 03: Alabama Qualifying

Rank Driver (Team)
1 Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
2 Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
3 Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
4 James Hinchcliffe (Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
5 Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan)
6 Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing)
7 Will Power (Team Penske)
8 Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)
9 Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing)
10 Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing)
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
12 Jack Harvey (Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
13 Marco Andretti (Andretti Herta With Marco & Curb-Agajanian)
17 Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing)
20 Marcus Ericsson (Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
23 Zach Veach (Andretti Autosport)

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