Herta pips Rahal to Mid-Ohio pole while RLL cars shine again

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - JULY 01: #26: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday July 01, 2023 in Troy Township, United States of America. (Photo by Jake Galstad / LAT Images)

Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Colton Herta scored his second straight pole position of the IndyCar season, but the talking point of qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio came from Rahal Letterman Lanigan, who saw Graham Rahal and Christian Lundgaard make it into the Firestone Fast Six.

Firestone Fast Six

Alex Palou Palou and Herta elected to attempt their bids for pole position using fresh primary tires, while Graham Rahal started the session on primaries but then pitted for used reds. RLL teammate Lundgaard set a banker lap on used reds – a 66.7805s – then pitted for more used reds.

Rahal produced a 66.3528s to go top, with Palou’s first shot at him falling 0.0638s short. That was enough of a gap for Kyle Kirkwood to slot into second, just 0.0165s adrift from Rahal.

Then Herta spoiled the Ohio party, shaving 0.0432s from Rahal’s time to score his second consecutive pole with a 66.3096s on his primaries an average speed of

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