Graham Rahal Completed 205 Laps of Testing Over Three Days at Sebring With RLL

SEBRING, Fla. (December 13, 2012) – Graham Rahal, 23, completed a three-day test with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) today at the 1.65-mile Sebring Inter­na­tional Raceway short course.  After two days of inter­rupted testing due to rain, the team was able to complete 105 laps today to bring their three-day total to 205 laps with a best lap time of 53.480. 
“Today was good in the sense that we tried a lot of things but unfor­tu­nately I think there is some­thing in the car that has caused several issues all day, whether they be handling issues or braking issues that we could not get a handle on,” said Rahal. “We changed every­thing out that we could possibly think of but I think it’s some­thing that we will have to find back at the shop. Unfor­tu­nately we had a role reversal from the last couple of days where we felt the car was pretty good. The guys did a great job because we changed a lot of things in a short period of time today, really threw it at them and they responded well. They changed more in one day than I can ever remember changing; it was pretty busy.”
“It was a very diffi­cult and frus­trating day,” added race engi­neer Gerry Hughes.  “We strug­gled with the balance of the car in the morning and after­noon, having made some signif­i­cant changes over lunchtime. Over three days, we have had very change­able condi­tions and whilst we tried to react to them, in some cases we were second guessing what was going to happen to the circuit has led to a frus­trating three days. We strug­gled with brakes today and that certainly compounded some of the issues we’ve had. The circuit condi­tions over the three days were certainly pretty tricky.”
The team is currently formu­lating their test plans prior to the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season opener – the Honda Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg on March 24.  The 2013 season will mark the seventh in a top-tier open wheel racing series for the 23-year-old, who became the youngest winner in major auto racing history when he drove to victory in his first IndyCar Series race at the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg at the age of 19.  The following season he became the youngest pole winner at the same event – both while driving for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, a team co-owned by Michael Lanigan at the time.  Graham 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.
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