Rahal and Jakes Completed a One-Day Manufacturers Test at Sonoma Raceway in Preparation for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (August 14, 2013) – Graham Rahal and James Jakes each completed a trouble-free day of testing at the 2.385-mile, 12-turn Sonoma Raceway road course yesterday at 5 p.m. PST. Once the morning fog burned off, the skies cleared and temper­a­tures approached 90 degrees Fahren­heit. Both drivers are looking forward to returning to the area next week for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, August 23 – 25.

The test went okay,” said Rahal, who completed 92 laps in the No 15 Big O Tires Honda. “We tried a lot of different things and have ideas for others to work on during our test next week. I think we’re headed in the right direc­tion, but there is still a long way to go.”

Gener­ally I feel we made great improve­ments during the day,” added Jakes, who completed 74 laps in the No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Honda.  “Sonoma is always tricky because the track is changing so much. For the after­noon session the wind had completely shifted 180 degrees so you can end up chasing condi­tions a lot but I feel we made some great improve­ments. It’s great to get some track time there before the test next week. We should be in a great posi­tion for then and the race weekend.”

An IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test is sched­uled for August 21 at Sonoma Raceway and the first prac­tice session is from 11 – 11:45 a.m. PT August 23. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be tele­vised live on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, August 25.

For more infor­ma­tion, log on to www.rahal.com, www.grahamrahal.com www.jamesjakes.com or www.indycar.com.

- RLL -