Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place
Verizon IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, July 14, 2017
RAHAL SET THE FOURTH FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO
FASTEST: Simon Pagenaud 1:00.2573 / 106.702 mph
4th: Graham Rahal 1:00.6388 / 106.031 mph
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Rousseau Metal Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We started right where we left off in Detroit and that setup seems to carry over pretty good. Obviously the Rousseau Metal Honda is pretty competitive. We have a little bit of stuff to work on overnight to improve though. We actually had a lap going that was significantly better than what ended up being our fastest but I had to lift for someone in the runoff in Turn 8. I feel decent with where we are right now. I would like to improve overnight to be a little more confident but we’re headed in the right direction.”
- FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th Indy car race here and 12th overall including his 2006 Atlantic race… In 10 Indy car races, his best Toronto start is third in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and his best finish is fifth in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing. Year-by-year results are available per request… His best finishes this season are two wins in Detroit and best start is pole for Detroit Race 1… Rahal is ranked sixth in series point standings with a total of 337. He is 66 points behind leader Scott Dixon (403), 58 behind second place Helio Castroneves (395), 35 behind third place Simon Pagenaud (372), 13 behind fourth place Will Power (350), and 10 points behind fifth place Josef Newgarden (347).
RLLR AT TORONTO: The Honda Indy Toronto will mark the 18th year of Indy car racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) here. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series races here in 2003 and 2004. The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal. Prior to the 2017 event, the team prepared a total of 30 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), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013 x 2; 2014 x2; 2015-2016), James Jakes (2013 x 2) and Luca Filippi (2014 x2). The team also prepared three Toyota Atlantic entries (Danica Patrick 2003-2004; Chris Festa 2004). The team has earned FIVE podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 17 top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 Rousseau Metal entry for Graham Rahal will bring the Indy car total to 31 entries in 2017.
NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 10-10:45 a.m. ET and qualifying will begin at 2:15 and will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBCSN beginning at 6:30 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 INDYCAR Radio Network. Timing and Scoring information for qualifying is also available live with commentary.
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