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RLL Gained Valuable Experience at Today’s Road Course Test at IMS; Rahal’s Day Ended Early Due to an Engine Issue

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Verizon IndyCar Series – Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course

TESTING NOTES/QUOTES – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING GAINED VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AT TODAY’S ROAD COURSE TEST AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; RAHAL’S DAY ENDED EARLY DUE TO AN ENGINE ISSUE

 

1)         Scott Dixon                  1:09.5969          126.161 mph     82 laps

15)        Oriol Servia                  1:10.3473          124.815 mph     60 laps

23)        Graham Rahal              1:10.7026          122.456 mph     41 laps

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “This is one of the best road courses we go to. I had a blast out there. The last section – Turns 7, 8, 9 and 10 are a hoot.  The speed on the straight is up over 190 mph and it’s the fastest place we go already and we didn’t expect that at all. When we pulled out to do our install lap I came in and told them I thought we were out of gear already so that’s why we didn’t run the first hour and 20 minutes. I think the race will be really good, there will be a lot of passing. We (drivers) all gave our input. I told them what I thought and Kanaan clearly had a lot of voice in this as did Briscoe who was here with me at the initial test and gave Derrick (Walker) some ideas of what we thought needed to be done. Pretty much what we mentioned then is what we have now. It is really fun. I hope we get a great crowd because I can tell you we will put on a good show here. The thing that makes this different is that it’s IMS. This place genuinely cares about making a good race track. The curbs are phenomenal as is the layout. Unfortunately our day ended early when we had a problem with something engine related.”

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I think the track is a lot of fun. Its what we drivers always ask for; long straights so you can make passing spots, hard braking areas that are challenging and create overtaking possibilities and some interesting corners in the middle. They are fast and challenging so I think it will be a good race for sure. We did a lot of work today and now we need to go through all of the data to understand which things, and why they were better. I still think we got close to the front which is definitely what we wanted to do but we still have a little bit to improve but overall it was a good day.”

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