Munoz, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifying in Texas

* Carlos Munoz, winner of last Saturday’s race in Detroit, will start fourth
* Graham Rahal, fifth in the drivers’ championship, qualifies sixth

Carlos Munoz, winner of last Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Belle Isle Park, led the Honda field in qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Firestone 600. Munoz recorded the fourth-fastest speed in his Andretti Autosport Honda during single-car qualifying for this weekend’s first night race of 2015.

5-6 June, 2015, Fort Worth, Texas USA Carlos Munoz ©2015, Russell LaBounty LAT Photo USA
5-6 June, 2015, Fort Worth, Texas USA
Carlos Munoz
©2015, Russell LaBounty

Graham Rahal, currently fifth in the drivers’ championship standings after podium finishes in three of the last four road course events and a fifth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500, qualified sixth for his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team. Munoz’s teammate, Marco Andretti, posted the 11th fastest qualifying run while James Jakes rounded out the top 12 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Saturday’s 248-lap run, the second oval race of 2015, starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live television coverage on the NBC Sports network.

Carlos Munoz (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) 4th fastest in qualifying: “I thought the first lap was okay, and at least the top four weren’t all Penske cars! I’m really happy. I think here, qualifying is quite important in order to stay in the front, because passing is so difficult. You have to have a good car for the race, a consistent car. It was good to have my teammates (Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti) qualify in front of me. That’s the good thing about qualifying [last], your teammates can give you information on how they did, what they did. I need to give a big thanks to them for their help, and especially my crew. Tomorrow is a long race, so we’ll keep it clean the whole time.”