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There were several teams on top of the world on Pole Day.
Andretti Autosport put five cars in the top nine. Then there’s Team Penske who also put all three cars in the top nine. And how about Ed Carpenter winning the pole with his own team?
Then there were teams that had bad days.
None had it worse though than Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing.
It took literally the second to last qualifier to put one of their three cars in the top 24 as James Jakes lived on the bubble all afternoon. He would be bumped out then put back in. Then he made another run to get back in only to get bumped back out.
He was the second to last qualifier with just three minutes to go in the session and bumped his way back in to qualify 20th at 225.809 mph.
Unfortunately, Jakes was the only RLL car to qualify as the other two will have to make the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Bump Day.
Graham Rahal was fourth quickest in the morning session and thought he had a decent car. That changed in the qualifying session as he was slower than normal and found himself deep in the field.
Rahal was bumped out by his teammate Jakes then tried to bump his way back in by knocking Jakes out. That didn’t happen and he failed to qualify on Pole Day for the second time in three years.
It got even worse when Michel Jourdain Jr. didn’t make the field as he was the last qualifier of the opening session. He barely reached 220 mph and looked scary slow in both qualifying attempts. As of now it looks like he may not even make the field as it looks like he’s dragging a weight on the back of his Honda.
It wasn’t just qualifying that RLL has been slow in either. All three cars have been near the bottom of the speed charts all month and nothing obviously changed Saturday.
The group has their work cut out for them as they need to get both cars in the field on Bump Day. Unfortunately with qualifying on Bump Day means two of their cars are behind the eight ball on race setup compared to the other 24.
It’s not looking good for RLL in Indy this month.
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