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.