"Qualifying Saturday [for Sunday's Honda Indy 200] will be important, because passing cars can be hard here," Rahal said. "You want to start in the top 6, because it makes your job a lot easier. It feels good to start the weekend off this way, for sure. I think we showed the grip is low, but at the end of the day, it felt pretty good. We're definitely sliding around a lot, but I felt like I had a pretty strong car. "