Practice for the Baltimore GP Was Limited Due to Track Modifications; Sato Completed 19 Laps and Set the 21st Fastest Lap

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Baltimore Grand Prix – Baltimore, Maryland
IZOD IndyCar Series]
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES — Friday, August 31, 2012

FASTEST:         Will Power         1:21.0185 / 90.646 mph             
21st:                 Takuma Sato     1:23.0918 / 88.384 mph                        
TAKUMA SATO, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a short day in terms of practice time. We had to try quite a few things like ride height – particularly over the bumps which you have to fight.  We need to look into the data but there are a number of things we have to improve quite a lot to get the balance right and get a little bit more grip overall. Let’s see how the chicane will change for tomorrow too. We will evaluate a few things and hopefully we are closer to having the right balance tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: This will be Sato’s second race at Baltimore. He qualified 26th and finished 18th here in 2011 with KV Racing Technology… His best road/street course qualifying is pole at Edmonton in 2011 and his best finish is second in Edmonton this year… Sato led two street races this season (St. Pete & Long Beach) and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he nearly won with a last lap pass. Has led 58 laps to date in 2012… In 34 starts in 2010-2011, has 17 career top-10 starting spots including four top-five starts and two poles (Edmonton and Iowa 2011). He has earned eight top-10 finishes including three top-five spots (fourth at Mid-Ohio, fifth at Texas and St. Petersburg in 2011).  Led a total of 61 laps from 2010-11.

FIRST INDYCAR RACE AT BALTIMORE FOR RLL RACING: The Baltimore Grand Prix will mark the first IndyCar race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here and SECOND overall after competing in the ALMS race last year. Last year at Baltimore, the team’s ALMS GT program – BMW Team RLL — qualified on pole (No. 55) and in third (No. 56). The No. 55 car was taken out of the lead by contact from a Corvette and the team finished fifth (No. 55) and second (No. 56).  The No. 15 entry for Takuma Sato will be the first Indy car entry in this race.
NEXT UP:  Practice will take place tomorrow from 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET and qualifying will take place from 12:05 – 1:20 p.m.  Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from  The qualifying show for the Baltimore Grand Prix will be televised on NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET Saturday night and the 75 lap race will air live on the same network at 2:00 p.m. ET Sunday, September 2.