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Rahal and Servia Focused on Race Setups Today Before Focusing on Qualifying on Fast Friday

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Indi­anapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 15, 2014

 

RAHAL AND SERVIA FOCUSED ON RACE SET-UPS TODAY BEFORE FOCUSING ON QUALIFYING ON FAST FRIDAY

1)         Helio Castron­eves    227.166 mph              50 laps

24)       Graham Rahal           223.478 mph              84 laps

30)       Oriol Servia               222.131 mph              90 laps

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We focused on race stuff all day, trying to improve, trying to find a little bit more speed. We made some improve­ment but there is still a little bit of work to do. At the end of the day I’m pretty happy with the balance we started the day with. As Oriol said, I think the biggest thing is that we’ve got to find some grip, find a better balance for us so that we can race with these guys and stay under­neath them on the track. You can see how close some of these guys can follow and both Oriol and I are strug­gling with that for now. I’m opti­mistic after today’s prac­tice. I feel like we found some stuff that is going to help but I think we have a long road ahead before we get where we ulti­mately need to be.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his seventh Indy 500… His best qual­i­fying posi­tion in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 after he led six laps… He ran in the top-five in four of his six previous races here… In 2008, with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he was the highest Indy 500 starter of the Champ Car tran­si­tioning teams with his 13th place qual­i­fying effort but made contact on L36 after driving high to avoid the slower car of Lloyd and retired in 33rd place… He qual­i­fied fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st… In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qual­i­fied seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish… He qual­i­fied 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps… In 2012, he qual­i­fied 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… In 2013, he qual­i­fied 26th and pitted from ninth place for his second to last stop and his outside rear tire changer had a mechan­ical problem and Rahal returned to the track in 21st place. He was in 17th with eight laps to go and lost control of his car in Turn 2 and made contact with the wall… His Indy car high­lights include a win (2008) and pole (2009) in St. Petersburg.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m still not as happy as I would like to be at this point. Obvi­ously tomorrow we are all going to the super-boost, super speeds preparing for qual­i­fying. At the end there I finally got the balance I want for the car although I still think we need to find grip. And that’s what we’re going to have to do.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy 500 race here and second with RLL at this track… His best finish is fifth in 2011 and best start is third the same season with Newman/Haas Racing… In 2013 he drove for Panther/DRR where he started 13th, ran as high as fifth and finished 11th… In 2012, he drove for DRR where he qual­i­fied 27th and finished fourth… In 2011 he started on the front row (third) with Newman/Haas Racing. He was on pole until the final two qual­i­fiers made their attempts. In the race, he led 18 laps and stayed in the lead pack the entire race to contend for the win in the last 50 laps but the fuel strategy of others limited his finish to a disap­pointing sixth place… Was running 10th in the 2009 race with Rahal Letterman Racing when a fuel pres­sure problem forced him to retire after 98/200 laps. He qual­i­fied 25th and retired in 26th… Ran as high as eighth and finished 11th in 2008 with KV Racing after he qual­i­fied 25th… His Indy car high­lights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005).

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT INDY The team’s highest start and finish in the event came in 2004 when Buddy Rice won from pole. In addi­tion, the team has earned a total of four podiums (2nd – Meira 2005; 3rd – Rahal 1994, 1995). The 2014 race will mark the 17th year for the team in the event. Prior to 2014, the team prepared a total of 30 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992 – 1995), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Jimmy Vasser (2002 – 2003), Kenny Brack (2003, 2005), Buddy Rice (2004, 2006; DNC 2005 due to prac­tice crash), Vitor Meira (2004, 2005), Roger Yasukawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010 and 2013), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012), Michel Jour­dain (2012) and James Jakes (2013).

NEXT UP: Prac­tice will resume with Fast Friday for the 98th Indy 500 tomorrow between 12 – 6 p.m. ET. Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commen­tary by the IMS Radio Network.

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