Rahal and Jakes Continue to Work on Race Setups in Preparation for the Honda Indy 200

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy 200 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
IZOD IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, August 2, 2013


FASTEST: Will Power 1:05.4332 / 124.231 mph
19th: Graham Rahal 1:06.2438 / 122.710 mph
21st: James Jakes 1:06.5809 / 122.089 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We got through a lot of work today. People have to remember that today is our test day because we didn’t get to run on Wednesday so we’re really a day behind every­body here. Obvi­ously the track is pretty similar because the times are very similar to what they were on the test day. Unfor­tu­nately we’re just trying to come from behind a little bit here. It’s extremely compet­i­tive. With three minutes to go in the session I was ninth fastest and I ended up 18th. Obvi­ously we have a bit of time to find to close the gap but we’re going to keep working on it here.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy car race here but first for his father’s Indy car team. He has competed in many other series at his “home track.” In 2012 he qual­i­fied 22nd, started 21st (engine penalty ahead on grid) and finished 11th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). In 2011 he qual­i­fied sixth, stalled in the pits after his first stop and finished 24th with SCCGR. In 2010, he qual­i­fied 25th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) and had moved up to 14th when he attempted to pass Wheldon for 13th on Lap 61/85 in T2 and went off course and dropped to 21st. Finished 20th. In 2009, he started fourth with NHLR and looked likely to finish fourth before an off-track excur­sion while fifth late in the race led to an eighth place finish. In 2008, he started 14th with NHLR and ran as high as eighth, but an off track excur­sion on lap 53 limited him to a 16th place finish. At the age of 16 in 2005, he became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic cham­pi­onship at the SCCA National Cham­pi­onship Runoffs here by a domi­nant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9). Tested a Grand Am car here in 2007… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th also in Long Beach… Is ranked 17th in series stand­ings with 221 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “This morning was quite diffi­cult. We were just trying to dial the car in really. We were slightly compet­i­tive in the test on Wednesday but we weren’t quite where we wanted to be so we were trying to make improve­ments and I think we have made some today. It doesn’t look well on the time sheets but we know what we’ve got under­neath us. We still can make a few improve­ments but I’m pretty confi­dent of getting in the top-10 and work from there. The session doesn’t really corre­late to where we are competitive-wise. You’ve just got to be patient and work on it tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his third event here and first with RLL. In 2012 he qual­i­fied 21st, started 20th after a competitor ahead was penal­ized for an unap­proved engine change and finished 19th. In 2011 he qual­i­fied 24th and finished 23rd. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… His best series start to date is 2nd at Dual 2 in Detroit and best finish is 2nd also at Dual 2 in Detroit… Is ranked 18th in series stand­ings with 215 points.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT MID-OHIO The Honda Indy 200 will mark the 16th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009 – 2012. The highest IndyCar finish for the team here is two third place finishes (Rahal 1997, 1998) and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd). Prior to the 2013 event, the team prepared a total of 24 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992 – 98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996 – 99), Max Papis (1999 – 2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jour­dain Jr. (2002 – 03) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007 – 2008) and Takuma Sato (2012). The team has earned TWO podiums (3rd – Rahal 1997, 1998), 9 top-five’s and 13 top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal and No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts entry for James Jakes will bring the Indy car total to 26 entries in 2013.

NEXT UP: The final prac­tice will take place from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. ET tomorrow and qual­i­fying will be 2:00 – 3:10 p.m. NBC Sports Network will air a qual­i­fying recap at 5 p.m. ET Saturday, August 3. The 90-lap Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will take the Green Flag at 3:40 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be tele­vised live on NBC Sports Network at 3:00. Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

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