Monthly Archives: May 2013

Jakes Earned a Career-Best Start of Fourth for Detroit Dual 1; Rahal Qualified 14th But Will Serve a 10-Grid Penalty for an Unapproved Engine Change

Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit – Raceway at Belle Isle Park
IZOD IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES for DUAL 1 – Friday, May 31, 2013

JAKES EARNEDCAREER-BEST QUALIFYING POSITION OF FOURTH FOR DUALOF THE CHEVROLET INDY DUALS IN DETROIT; RAHAL QUALIFIED 14TH BUT WILL SERVE A 10-GRID PENALTY FOR AN UNAPPROVED ENGINE CHANGE

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Rahal and Jakes Return to the Streets of Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit

Pre-Race Notes
Chevrolet Indy Duel in Detroit – Raceway at Belle Isle Park
Round 6 and 7 of 19 in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series
 
DATE:                                           May 31 – June 2, 2013
QUALIFYING BROADCAST:       None; LIVE on www.indycar.com (timing & scoring with audio commen­tary)
RACE BROADCAST:                   Live on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 – both at 3:30 p.m.  ET on ABC
RADIO BROADCAST:                  The race will air on IMS Radio Network, XM channel 94 & Sirius channel 212
TRACK LAYOUT:                         2.36-mile, 13-turn tempo­rary street course
RACE LENGTH:                            70 laps / 164.22 miles (each race) 
2012 WINNER:                              Scott Dixon
2012 POLESITTER:                      Scott Dixon (1:10.5036; 2.07 mile layout)
 
RAHAL’S BEST ROAD/
STREET START/FINISH:              Pole at St. Pete (street) 2009 / 1st at St. Pete in 2008
RAHAL’S BEST DETROIT
START/FINISH:                             6th / 13th – both in 2008; will be his third start here
 
JAKESBEST ROAD/
STREET START/FINISH:              8th at Motegi (road) in 2011 / 8th at Toronto (street) in 2012
JAKESBEST DETROIT
START/FINISH:                             25th / 23rd (DNF; mechan­ical) – both in 2012; will be second start here
 
RLL’S BEST START/
FINISH AT DETROIT:                    2nd / 1st – both in 1992 by Bobby Rahal in the inau­gural Belle Isle event
 
 
 
NEWS & NOTES:
 
WIN, 1 FRONT ROW START, 2 PODIUMS IN 13 BELLE ISLE RACES FOR RLL RACING
The Chevrolet Indy Duel in Detroit will mark the IZOD IndyCar Series’ fourth visit to Detroit, and it’s second since 2008. The Motor City hosted Indy car racing from 1989 – 91 in Down­town Detroit. The race moved to Belle Isle Park from 1992 – 2001 and 2007 – 2008 and returned in 2012.  
 
The 2013 event will mark the 14th year for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) to compete at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.  The team’s highest start of second place and highest finish of first in the event came in the inau­gural running on Belle Isle in 1992 by Bobby Rahal.  In total, the team has earned two podiums (Max Papis 2000 – 2nd), three top-five finishes and nine top-10’s here (chart avail­able). Prior to 2013, the team prepared a total of 21 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992 – 1998), Mike Groff (1993 – 94), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996 – 99), Max Papis (1999 – 2001), Kenny Brack (2000 – 01), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007 – 08) and Takuma Sato (2012).  Last year Sato qual­i­fied 12th and was sixth when he hit a curb that wrenched the steering wheel from his hands and retired in 20th place after he hit the wall.  The No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts entry for James Jakes will bring that total to 23 in 2013.
 
BOBBY RAHAL IN DETROIT
Bobby Rahal competed in down­town Detroit from 1989 – 1991 with two second place finishes to his credit.  When the series moved to Belle Isle, he won the inau­gural event in 1992 and went on to compete there through 1998.  In total, he competed in Detroit 10 times (three down­town, seven on Belle Isle) with one win (1992), three podiums (2nd — 1990, 1991), four top five finishes and five top-10’s. A chart is avail­able upon request.
 
DOUBLE THE FUN
The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will mark the first of three double­headers on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. The series will race a pair of 70-lap races Saturday and Sunday on the 2.36-mile tempo­rary street circuit, posing a unique chal­lenge for IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams. In addi­tion, SONAX will offer a $50,000 bonus to any driver who can win both races through the SONAX Perfect Finish Award.
            “There are a lot of chal­lenges for the teams and drivers phys­i­cally, however I feel its nothing but posi­tive for the fans,” said Rahal. “I really hope they all enjoy the show we will put on, and most of all feel they are getting their moneys worth. It will be a very demanding and phys­i­cally tiring weekend, but I am up for the chal­lenge.”
 
THIRD TIME THE CHARM FOR RAHAL?
The event will be Graham’s third here.  He qual­i­fied seventh with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2012 but had a 10-grid penalty for an unap­proved engine change and started 17.  He was eighth when he made his final stop on Lap 45/60 but during the red flag to repair the track, a clutch problem surfaced and he was unable to continue and retired in 19th place. In 2008 he drove for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and progressed to the Fire­stone Fast Six in qual­i­fying for the first time in his series career and qual­i­fied sixth.  The team chose the same pit strategy as then race leader Dixon which almost worked but a late race fourth caution botched the plan and he had to stop for a splash of fuel with three laps to go and dropped to 13th. Rahal hopes to earn his second podium finish of the season in Detroit after a second place finish in Round 3 at Long Beach.
            “We had a great race, marched through the field, passed a ton of cars, but unfor­tu­nately the clutch failed under the red flag there­fore we couldn’t get it restarted and fell to the back,” recalled Rahal. “It was very frus­trating as we were extremely quick last year!”
 
AFTER MECHANICAL WOES IN 2012, JAKES LOOKS FORWARD TO DETROIT RETURN
The 2013 event will be his second here.  He qual­i­fied 25th at Belle Isle last year with Dale Coyne Racing and had gained seven spots by Lap 14 before a problem surfaced and he retired in 23rd due to mechan­ical failure.
                “Last years race was very short lived. I had a brake master cylinder problem and stopped early into the race. I did struggle a little bit with the track, with learning it and figuring out which was the best way to get around so I’m hoping to improve that this weekend.”
 
RAHAL AND JAKES ON THE CHALLENGES OF THE COURSE
“It’s always a tough circuit because of the mix of high and low speed corners, as well as the various different types of asphalt,” said Rahal. “Detroit has always typi­cally been very bumpy, although by the sounds of it Roger has done a tremen­dous job to repave a lot of the circuit. Its one of the toughest, highest commit­ment street circuits we go to.”
                “It’s a fun track to drive,” added Jakes. “It will be nice to be back on a street course after spending such a long time on an oval. We were compet­i­tive in Long Beach and obvi­ously Brazil so hope­fully we can get a good result in Detroit.  We’ve shown good pace on a number of occa­sions and it has been frus­trating not to capi­talize on it but we are close. We will be pushing as hard as ever. I am looking forward to it.”
 
RAHAL ON HIS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE DETROIT DUELS
“We want to run up front, there is no reason we can’t, and I think this team is up for the chal­lenge,” said Rahal. “We know we need to improve and now is a good time to score a lot of points. We are looking forward to the next four weeks in a row, and this is the start of it all!”
 
RAHAL AND JAKES ON THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE COURSE
“I have heard nothing but good things, and I think this new circuit will really improve the passing zones and oppor­tu­ni­ties. For us with a 10 place grid penalty for the first race it will be some­what of a chal­lenge, but by the sounds of it we should be able to pass our way forward if need be.”
                “We know there have been improve­ments and I can’t wait to check them out,” said Jakes.  “It was very bumpy last year and obvi­ously the setup was quite crucial. They have repaved areas and extended the straight so it will be nice to check it out.”
 
RAHAL ON HIS 10-GRID PENALTY
RLL made an unap­proved engine change on the No. 15 entry for the Indy 500 and will be assessed a 10-grid penalty for Race 1 in Detroit. Rahal is hopeful that he can move to the front like he did in Long Beach where he finished second after starting 11th.
                “It certainly makes the road ahead more diffi­cult; however we have started from the back and marched forward before. I feel strongly that our team and our cars should excel in Detroit. I am looking forward to what’s ahead of us.”
 

 – RLL -

Jakes Led Five Laps But a Pit Penalty Led to a 20th Place Indy 500 Finish; Rahal Was 9th When a Pit Problem Occurred and Contact Later Resulted in a 25th Place Finish

Indi­anapolis 500 – Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway
IZOD IndyCar Series
RACE DAY NOTES/QUOTES — Sunday, May 26, 2013

JAKES LED FIVE LAPS BUTPIT PENALTY DROPPED HIM ONE LAP DOWN AND HE FINISHED 20TH IN THE INDY 500; RAHAL WAS NINTH WHENPIT PROBLEM AND CONTACT LATER LIMITED HIS FINISH TO 25TH

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Rahal and Jakes are Ready to Compete in the Indy 500 After Strong Carb Day Runs

Indi­anapolis 500 – Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway
IZOD IndyCar Series
CARB DAY NOTES/QUOTES — Friday, May 24, 2013

 
RAHAL AND JAKES ARE READY TO COMPETE IN THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 AFTER STRONG CARB DAY RUNS
 
1)         Simon Page­naud                  225.827 mph / 39.8536          41 laps
7)         James Jakes                          224.622 mph / 40.0674          39 laps
23)       Graham Rahal                       223.307 mph / 40.3033          35 laps
 
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “The Midas / Big O Tires car feels pretty good. I’m pleased with where we’re at – handling wise. In traffic, it felt pretty comfort­able. We will keep working at it. I don’t think we’re far off at all.  Now it’s just a matter of going racing in the biggest race of the year.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy 500 and he will start 26th in 2013.  He ran in the top-five in four of his five previous races here.  In 2008, with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he was the highest Indy 500 starter of the Champ Car tran­si­tioning teams with his 13th place qual­i­fying effort but made contact on L36 after driving high to avoid the slower car of Lloyd and retired in 33rd place.  He qual­i­fied fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st. In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qual­i­fied seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish. He qual­i­fied 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps. In 2012, he qual­i­fied 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… This is Rahal’s first full season at RLL, sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series and seventh in a top open wheel racing series (CCWS 2007)… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th — also in Long Beach… He is 14th in the series point stand­ings with 74.

 
 
JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We’ve got a great car. The Acorn Stair­lifts car has been good all through the latter part of the testing week here and we’re excited about the race. I’d be happy to go out and race right now to be honest. We’ll see what happens on race day. The Honda guys have been back in the shop last week working very hard. We’ve worked hard since we got here and now there are no more setup changes needed. We knew that going in. We may make a slight adjust­ment here and there but nothing big.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here and he will start 20th in 2013. He qual­i­fied 17th and finished 15th in 2012. In 2011, he attempted to qualify but the car was not fast enough. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… Jakes is competing in his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL. In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011 – 2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 11th at Barber and best finish is 12th at Long Beach although he had the poten­tial to finish higher in each race… Is ranked 22nd in series stand­ings with 53 points.

 
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT INDY The team’s highest start and finish in the event came in 2004 when Buddy Rice won from pole. In addi­tion, the team has earned a total of four podiums (2nd – Meira 2005; 3rd – Rahal 1994, 1995). The team was in contention to win the race as recent as 2011 when Bertrand Baguette led laps 139 – 140 and laps 189 – 197 of the 200 lap race. Had a caution come our before Baguette was forced to pit for a splash of fuel, he might have been the victor. The race ulti­mately ended under caution when JR Hilde­brand crashed on the front straight while in the lead on the final lap… The 2013 race will mark the 16th year for the team in the event.  Prior to 2013, the team prepared a total of 28 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992 – 1995), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Jimmy Vasser (2002 – 2003), Kenny Brack (2003, 2005), Buddy Rice (2004, 2006; DNC 2005 due to prac­tice crash), Vitor Meira (2004, 2005), Roger Yasukawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012) and Michel Jour­dain (2012).  The No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts entry for James Jakes will bring that total to 30 in 2013.
 
NEXT UP:  The 97th Indi­anapolis 500 race will be Sunday, May 26 and will be tele­vised by ABC at 12 a.m. (ET) and broad­cast by the IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com.
 
PHOTO AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: Media members who register on the IndyCar Series media site have access to photog­raphy as well as video. Register for access to photos at: http://www.indycarmedia.com/pages/ApplyforAccess

StemCyte Inc. Joins RLL as Associate Sponsor of the No. 16 IndyCar Program for Jakes Beginning with the Indy 500

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 23, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Stem­Cyte Inc., a global leader in human cord blood stem cell banking, has become an asso­ciate sponsor of the No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Indy car driven by James Jakes in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the remainder of the 2013 season.  
 
Stem­Cyte, Inc. and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) will work to support aware­ness of umbil­ical cord blood banking and its educa­tional initia­tive ‘Stars for Stem Cells’. Cord blood stem cells are poten­tial cures for over 80 illnesses, including cancers, blood disor­ders, immune and genetic diseases, and continue be a key element in regen­er­a­tive medi­cine research.
“We are very excited about our rela­tion­ship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Calvin Cole, Stem­Cyte Pres­i­dent for Commer­cial Oper­a­tions, North America. “We believe StemCyte’s brand aligns with the pioneering image of Indy Car and the cham­pi­onship spirit of Bobby Rahal. Supporting driver James Jakes and getting the word out on options for expecting parents, to secure their baby’s cord blood for future life-saving treat­ments, is very impor­tant.“
“We are always looking towards inno­va­tion in our ongoing efforts within the world of motor­sports,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Working with Stem­Cyte to promote aware­ness of cord blood banking and the incred­ible medical research that can advance future health­care, keeps all of us on the leading edge.”
“As drivers we take lots of risk doing what we love,” said RLL Indy car driver James Jakes. “New parents love nothing more than their chil­dren, and Stem­Cyte helps them better manage that risk by banking their babies cord blood to protect against life-threatening illnesses today and in the future.”
 
Stem­Cyte continues to educate expec­tant parents about the value of banking their child’s umbil­ical cord blood stem cells and devel­op­ment of new ther­a­pies to cure deadly and debil­i­tating illnesses. They have been adding cham­pi­onship caliber voices like RLL and deco­rated US Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller to promote aware­ness of this option to expecting fami­lies.
 
In February 2013, the team announced the addi­tion of James Jakes, 25, to the full season IndyCar Series season that will be spon­sored by Acorn Stair­lifts.  Jakes currently sits 22nd in the points standing through four events in 2013 including St. Peters­burg, Barber Motor­sports Park, Long Beach and Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
 
About Stem­Cyte Inc.
Located in the US, India and Taiwan, Stem­Cyte has estab­lished one of the largest, most racially diverse, and highest quality cord blood stem cell banks in the world.  Stem­Cyte has supplied over 1,800 cord blood units to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases in over 300 trans­plant centers world­wide.  Stem­Cyte is actively involved in the devel­op­ment of new umbil­ical cord blood-based cell ther­a­pies, supporting the largest clin­ical study for using unre­lated cord blood trans­plan­ta­tion for Thalassemia, one of the most common genetic diseases in the world, and the devel­op­ment of trials inves­ti­gating regen­er­a­tive spinal cord ther­a­pies.  Stem­Cyte is one of the only for-profit compa­nies contracted by the US Depart­ment of HHS to help contribute clin­ical grade cord blood units to the public National Cord Blood Inven­tory for unre­lated trans­plants.  Its head­quar­ters are in Covina, Cali­fornia.  To learn more visit www.StemCyte.com.
 
About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Browns­burg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  In 2013 the team will begin their 22nd year of open wheel compe­ti­tion and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team also competes in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT cate­gory in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 — Manu­fac­turer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Cham­pi­onship and third in the Manu­fac­turer Cham­pi­onship.
 

 – RLL -

 

Jakes’ Third Attempt Yields a 20th Place Starting Spot for the Indy 500; Rahal and Jourdain Jr. Will Be “Bump Day” Qualifiers

Indi­anapolis 500 – Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway
IZOD IndyCar Series
POLE DAY NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, May 18, 2013

THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM FOR JAKES WHO QUALIFIED 20TH FOR THE INDY 500; RAHAL AND JOURDAIN JR. WILL BEBUMP DAYQUALIFIERS DESPITE RAHAL SETTING THE FOURTH FASTEST TIME IN THE MORNING PRACTICE

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Rahal, Jakes and Jourdain Jr. Focused on Qualifying Setups Until Rain Brought an End to the Day

Indi­anapolis 500 – Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway
IZOD IndyCar Series
FAST FRIDAY NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, May 17, 2013
 
 
RAHAL, JAKES AND JOURDAIN JR. FOCUSED ON QUALIFYING SETUPS UNTIL RAIN BROUGHT AN END TO THE DAY AT APPROX. 3 PM
 
1)         E.J. Viso                     229.537 mph / 39.2093          15 laps
20)       Graham Rahal           226.152 mph / 39.7963          43 laps
27)       James Jakes              224.632 mph / 40.0655          23 laps
30)       Michel Jour­dain Jr.   223.266 mph / 40.3107          16 laps
 
 
OVERALL: “Fast Friday” had another meaning today as drivers got a boost for the seventh day of prac­tice for the Indi­anapolis 500 Mile Race as they tran­si­tioned from race setup eval­u­a­tion to mostly qual­i­fying simu­la­tions.  As with the 2012 race, the boost level was upped from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for “Fast Friday” as drivers/teams focused on qual­i­fying setups and the two days of qual­i­fi­ca­tions. The boost level to the 2.2-liter, turbocharged V-6 engines will return to 130 kPa for the one-hour final prac­tice May 24 and Race Day on May 26.  Rain brought an end to prac­tice at approx. 3 p.m. ET.
 
 
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Our plan for “Fast Friday” was to get as many new-tire runs in that we could to see how the balance is and to see how much speed we could get out of the car and I think we found some good stuff. We made some changes today to the Midas/Big O Tires car that will not only improve the car for qual­i­fying but also in the race.  It’s always good when you find things like that.  We’ll just keep moving forward. I feel good about where we are.  I think we’re certainly amongst the best of the Honda’s. There is a little bit more room to go but we’re close.
(On getting nervous for qual­i­fying:) “I think every­body gets nervous, its just part of the deal. It’s one of the biggest days of your life every year to come here and qual­i­fying at Indy. We’ll be giving it our all, I know that.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy 500.  He ran in the top-five in four of his five previous races here.  In 2008, with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he was the highest Indy 500 starter of the Champ Car tran­si­tioning teams with his 13th place qual­i­fying effort but made contact on L36 after driving high to avoid the slower car of Lloyd and retired in 33rd place.  He qual­i­fied fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st. In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qual­i­fied seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish. He qual­i­fied 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps. In 2012, he qual­i­fied 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… This is Rahal’s first full season at RLL, sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series and seventh in a top open wheel racing series (CCWS 2007)… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th — also in Long Beach… He is 14th in the series point stand­ings with 74.

 
JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We did a lot of good work today.  We were obvi­ously hindered by the weather but I think we are in good shape. If we put every­thing together we should have a strong package for qual­i­fying tomorrow.  Obvi­ously now it gives us a chance to look over some data, some extra time. We’ll see what happens. All guns blazing tomorrow. All three cars have worked well together all week. I’m excited to get out there tomorrow.
(On pref­er­ence for qual­i­fying draw:) “It would be great to be the late teen’s. I don’t want to be the first out and I don’t want to be the last out. To be honest I don’t care, it doesn’t really bother me. You have to go out at some point right? Here qual­i­fying is so different to every­where else. It’s not too dissim­ilar to a test session apart from the fact that you are the only car on track. Let’s see if we can get all three cars Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars inside the top-10.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here. He qual­i­fied 17th and finished 15th in 2012. In 2011, he attempted to qualify but the car was not fast enough. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… Jakes is competing in his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL. In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011 – 2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 11th at Barber and best finish is 12th at Long Beach although he had the poten­tial to finish higher in each race… Is ranked 22nd in series stand­ings with 53 points.

 
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR, No. 17 Office Depot Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We didn’t get as much done before the rain came as we wanted to.  We wanted to run five new sets of tires. We had a little problem with the weight jacker that they had to fix this morning so we were delayed a couple of hours so we were only able to run one set of tires and do our first trim so we are a little behind schedule but better than last year.  It’s tough because its so compet­i­tive.  It’s going to be really tough for me to be in the top-24 but we will see where are tomorrow.  In the pre-qualifying prac­tice we have to do two steps of trim­ming (the aero­dy­namic settings of the car) and we’ll see if we can get them done in the morning and see what we have for qualifying.”

  • FAST FACTS: Jour­dain is making his third attempt at the Indy 500 and second with RLL… His No. 17 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry is spon­sored by Office Depot Mexico with asso­ciate spon­sor­ship from Grupo Indi and Grupo Multi… He started 22nd in his second Indi­anapolis 500 race in 2012 and finished 19th with RLL. He was called into a closed pit then penal­ized with a drive-through which put him one lap down after he ran in the top half of the field mid-race.  He qual­i­fied eighth and finished 13th in 1996.  When he partic­i­pated in the 2012 Indy 500, Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway was the site of his first laps behind the wheel of an Indy car since 2004… He made 152 starts in the CART/Champ Car World Series and three in the IRL/IndyCar Series (1996/97 season) between 1996 – 2004… His highest finish in the IRL/IndyCar Series is second place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1996 and he earned two wins in CART/CCWS in 2003 at Montreal and Milwaukee while driving for Team Rahal… With support from Ford Motor Company, he moved to NASCAR’s Nation­wide Series from 2005 – 2008 and also competed in the Camping World Truck Series in 2006. Since then, he competed in various rally and sports car series. 

 
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT INDY The team’s highest start and finish in the event came in 2004 when Buddy Rice won from pole. In addi­tion, the team has earned a total of four podiums (2nd – Meira 2005; 3rd – Rahal 1994, 1995). The team was in contention to win the race as recent as 2011 when Bertrand Baguette led laps 139 – 140 and laps 189 – 197 of the 200 lap race. Had a caution come our before Baguette was forced to pit for a splash of fuel, he might have been the victor. The race ulti­mately ended under caution when JR Hilde­brand crashed on the front straight while in the lead on the final lap… The 2013 race will mark the 16th year for the team in the event.  Prior to 2013, the team prepared a total of 28 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992 – 1995), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Jimmy Vasser (2002 – 2003), Kenny Brack (2003, 2005), Buddy Rice (2004, 2006; DNC 2005 due to prac­tice crash), Vitor Meira (2004, 2005), Roger Yasukawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012) and Michel Jour­dain (2012).  The No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts entry for James Jakes and No. 17 Office Depot entry for Michel Jour­dain will bring that total to 31 in 2013.
 
NEXT UP: Prac­tice will resume tomorrow from 8 – 10 a.m. ET.  Qual­i­fying for Segment 1 will take place from 11 – 4 p.m. with Segment 2 taking place from 4:30 – 6:00 to deter­mine the top nine qual­i­fiers.  NBC Sports Network will air qual­i­fying action from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  The 97th Indi­anapolis 500 race will be May 26 and will be tele­vised by ABC at 12 p.m. (ET) and broad­cast by the IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com.
 
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