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Rahal Fastest Honda-Powered Driver in Both Sessions on Day 2 of the IndyCar Pre-Season Open Test at Barber; Seventh Fastest Over the Two Days and Top Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Barber Motor­sports Park – OPEN TEST

Verizon IndyCar Series

TEST NOTES/QUOTES — March 17, 2015

 

RAHAL FASTEST HONDA-POWERED DRIVER IN MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS ON DAYOF THE INDYCAR PRE-SEASON OPEN TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

 

Overall Times for the Test (4 sessions over two days)

1)         Will Power (Chevy)                           1:07.3118 / 123.010 mph      (set in Prac­tice 3)

7)         Graham Rahal (fastest Honda)       1:07.6203 / 122.448 mph       (set in Prac­tice 4)

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It’s nice to finish in the top five here, which has been a place we have strug­gled at before.  We’ve got a little work to do for sure though but I’m pleased with our result because a lot of the guys had a lot more tires than us at the end. They just kept running new tires and we had one shot at it and to do a 1:07.62 felt nice.  It should have had a five in it but that would have been about it. I’m proud of these guys. Today our objec­tive was to try a ton of stuff as learn as much as we could about the aero and I think they’ve done a heck of a job. We test at Sebring on Monday and Tuesday and its going to be an inter­esting animal with the fact that it’s going to be pretty grippy after the 12 hour race but at the end of the day I’m just looking forward to turning some laps. It’s going to be good for the dura­bility of these cars, to test how it shakes, rattles, where any weak points are and all of that sort of stuff. At the end of the day, we’ve got to just trying to turn laps in these things and test them and Sebring’s next up.”

  • FAST FACTS: In the morning session (Prac­tice 3), Rahal set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers and was P4 overall with a lap time of 1:07.6992. He also set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers in today’s after­noon session with a lap time of 1:07.6203 and was P5 overall… Rahal, 26, will compete in his ninth season in a major open wheel series and his third full one with RLL.  His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 128 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 23 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Peters­burg — 53 top-10’s, and led a total of 150 laps.  In addi­tion, he won poles at St. Peters­burg (street course) and Kansas Speedway (oval) in 2009. Rahal came close to winning again in 2012 as he led the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway before a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place. He finished second again in Long Beach in 2013 and Detroit Dual 1 in 2014.

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BMW Celebrates 40th Anniversary of 1975 Sebring Victory With Original Team and Drivers: Commemorative Livery to Race on Both BMW Team RLL Machines

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 17, 2015… BMW Team RLL will enter­tain very special guests and race with a commem­o­ra­tive livery on both BMW Z4 GTLM machines at the 63rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 21st. The race marks the 40th anniver­sary of BMW’s first major sports car race victory in the US. Intro­duced last Friday evening by Ludwig Willisch, Pres­i­dent and CEO, BMW of North America, at his BMW Legends dinner during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, BMW Team RLL will run a special livery on its two BMW Z4 GTLM race cars to honor the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL, which intro­duced BMW Motor­sport GmbH to the US four decades ago.

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Rahal Pleased With Progress During Day 1 of Barber Test; Fastest Honda in Session 1, 10th Overall for Day

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Barber Motor­sports Park – OPEN TEST

Verizon IndyCar Series

Test Notes/Quotes — March 16, 2014

 

1)         Scott Dixon (Chevy)                                     1:07.4805 / 122.702 mph

6)         Ryan Hunter-Reay (fastest Honda)             1:07.8494 / 122.035 mph

10)       Graham Rahal (3rd fastest Honda)             1:07.9317 / 121.887 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Today was good. We got through a lot of things we wanted to test. It’s kind of frus­trating not being the quickest Honda now that we have been a couple of times. I think we’re creeping up on this though. At the end of the day, on the theo­ret­i­cals, we’re quickest so we need to put the lap together. I think one of the things we’re suffering with a little bit is the consis­tency of the car from one lap to the next and that’s what we’re going to have to work on tomorrow. We’re working through a lot, the guys are working extremely hard and I think things are looking pretty good.”

  • FAST FACTS: In the morning session, Rahal set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers and was P8 overall with a lap time of 1:08.6550… Rahal, 26, will compete in his ninth season in a major open wheel series and his third full one with RLL.  His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 128 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 23 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Peters­burg — 53 top-10’s, and led a total of 150 laps.  In addi­tion, he won poles at St. Peters­burg (street course) and Kansas Speedway (oval) in 2009. Rahal came close to winning again in 2012 as he led the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway before a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place. He finished second again in Long Beach in 2013 and Detroit Dual 1 in 2014. 

NEXT UP:  The Open Test will resume tomorrow from 10 – 1 and 2 – 6 CT. Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

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BMW Unveils Tribute Livery for 40th Anniversary of First US Win at the 12 Hours of Sebring; Z4 GTLM CSL Homage Livery Unveiled at 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. –  March 14, 2015… Today, BMW of North America publicly unveiled a special livery, which pays homage to the IMSA 3.0 CSL, for the two BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM cars that will race in the 2015 edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 21st. The unveiling took place during “Cars & Coffee at the Concours” which is part of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend in Northern Florida. 1975 12 Hours of Sebring winning drivers Brian Redman, Sam Posey and Hans Stuck,  1972 –1980 BMW Motor­sport Manager Jochen Neer­pasch and current BMW Motor­sport Director Jens Marquardt were on-hand when BMW ace driver Bill Auberlen drove the car onto the show field to the applause of show goers and BMW Motor­sport fans.

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D-A Lubricant Co. Joins RLL as Primary Sponsor for New Orleans Indy Car Race and Becomes a Multi-Year Major Associate Sponsor

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 10, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that D-A Lubri­cant Co., a privately owned heavy duty, and indus­trial lubri­cant compounder/blender, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal at the inau­gural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana April 10 – 12 at NOLA Motor­sports Park.  In addi­tion, D-A Lubri­cant Co. has joined the team as a multi-year, major asso­ciate sponsor of the entry.

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Rahal Completed Day 1 of a Two Day Test at NOLA Motorsports Park; Called Track Physically Challenging

AVONDALE, Louisiana (February 10, 2015) – Graham Rahal joined the majority of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series field today at a test at NOLA Motor­sports Park, the track that will host the inau­gural Grand Prix of Louisiana April 10 – 12. Like most other drivers, it was Rahal’s first time on the course in an Indy car although the 26-year-old visited the track in May 2014 during a media tour to promote the Indi­anapolis 500. Many changes have been made since then.

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First Test Day of 2015 in the Books for Graham Rahal

SEBRING, Fla. (February 3, 2015) – Graham Rahal, 26, completed his first test day of 2015 today at Sebring Inter­na­tional Raceway in prepa­ra­tion for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season. He ran a total of 121 laps around the 1.65-mile short course in the No. 15 Dallara-Honda-Firestone entry and was encour­aged with the end result.

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