Rahal Completed His First 2013 IndyCar Oval Test at TMS And Ran A Total of 94 Trouble-Free Laps

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 28, 2013) – Graham Rahal completed a trouble-free day of testing his No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Honda-Dallara-Firestone race car last night at the 1.5-mile high-banked Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) oval.  He completed 94 laps between 2 – 10 p.m. CT with a best lap time of 214.058 mph. 
 
It was Rahal’s first time back at TMS since his near win there last year where he led 27 of the final 29 laps before a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place. The Fire­stone 550 will take place at TMS on June 8.
 
“The test went really well,” said Rahal, 24. “We worked through some items that we wanted to try on the Midas / Big O Tires car and it worked out to be pretty bene­fi­cial. I think we found a good direc­tion so hope­fully when James (Jakes) comes back here after Long Beach we will have a good place to start with him and then move on to the race.  We tried several things for Honda and some things for ourselves that Gerry and Eddie had planned, some of which were based on Eddie’s previous expe­ri­ence with other teams. There were some ques­tions that we had and I think we found some good answers.  We are pretty opti­mistic about coming back here for the race weekend.”
 
“Given the condi­tions which were very windy in the first part of the session and cooling off in the second, we had an inter­esting test,” added Race Engi­neer Gerry Hughes.  “We made a couple of advances in terms of the setup for Texas Motor Speedway and I think it was a construc­tive test for us. We have a good degree of confi­dence for Barber in respect to the elec­tronics system and the prob­lems that we had in St. Pete so that was also construc­tive.” 
 
Acorn Stair­lifts driver James Jakes was sched­uled to test but the team elected to reschedule for mid April in the hope that track condi­tions will be more in line with what the series will expe­ri­ence in June.  The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season resumes with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7 at Barber Motor­sports Park in Birm­ingham, Ala.  The race will be broad­cast live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET.  The IMS Radio Network will also carry the race live on Sirius and XM chan­nels 211. The next Fire­stone Indy Lights race is the Legacy Indy Lights 100 on April 7. It will be tele­cast by NBC Sports Network imme­di­ately preceding the IZOD IndyCar Series race.
 
For more infor­ma­tion, log on to www.rahal.com, www.grahamrahal.com www.jamesjakes.com or www.indycar.com.
 

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