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Rahal Set the 13th Fastest Time Overall in Practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Mid Ohio Sports Car Course

Verizon IndyCar Series

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, August 1, 2014

 

RAHAL SET THE 13TH FASTEST TIME OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY 200

 

FASTEST:    Ryan Hunter-Reay      1:06.5316 / 122.180 mph            (set in Prac­tice 1 of 2)

13th:             Graham Rahal             1:07.0099 / 121.307 mph            (set in Prac­tice 1 of 2)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “After the morning session we tried a couple of different things and I think we lost a little bit of our compet­i­tive­ness. We need to take a step back. I think we know what direc­tion we need to head now but we only have one prac­tice session left until it counts in qual­i­fying. Some guys ran new tires at the end of the session and we didn’t so we’re prob­ably a top-10 car but we need to be ahead of that. The car is just sliding around too much. If I get the rear of the car comfort­able then the front of the car is poor. Then if I get the front comfort­able to where it really grips (the track), then the rear is poor. The ques­tion is how to get them both to work together. We have some work to do overnight.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his seventh Indy car race here and second for his father’s Indy car team. The Columbus, Ohio native has competed in many other series at his “home track.” In 2013, Rahal qual­i­fied 22nd, and ran as high as eighth on a three pit stop strategy but finished 18th after being held up by drivers on a two-stop strategy. 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 Detroit Dual 1 and best start is fourth in Race 2 of the 2014 Houston doubleheader.

RLL AT MID-OHIO: The Honda Indy 200 will mark the 17th 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 2014 event, the team prepared a total of 26 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), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013) and James Jakes (2013).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 National Guard entry for Graham Rahal will bring the Indy car total to 27 entries in 2014.

NEXT UP: Prac­tice 3 will take place tomorrow from 10 – 10:45 a.m. ET and qual­i­fying will be from 2:00 – 3:10 p.m. and will be tele­vised on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Honda Indy 200 will take the Green Flag at 3:50 p.m. ET Sunday and be tele­vised live on NBC Sports Network begin­ning at 3:00 p.m. ET. Streaming video and Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all prac­tice sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commen­tary by the IMS Radio Network. Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion for qual­i­fying is also avail­able live with commentary.

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