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Rahal Set the Tenth Fastest Time in Practice for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit

Verizon IndyCar Series

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 30, 2014

RAHAL SET THE TENTH FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE CHEVROLET INDY DUAL IN DETROIT

1)         Simon Page­naud      1:17.6502 / 108.950 mph      

10)       Graham Rahal           1:18.6137 / 107.615 mph      

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The National Guard car seems to be very compet­i­tive and that’s all we can ask for. It seems we’re right in the thick of it. I’m pretty happy with our pace. I brushed the wall in Prac­tice 2 and ended our day about 15 minutes early but we’re pretty quick and compet­i­tive. I think the things we found in Long Beach with the setup are starting to pay off.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his fifth and sixth races here. He qual­i­fied 14th for Dual 1 in Detroit in 2013 but started 23rd due to an unap­proved engine change at Indy. He gained three spots on the opening lap and another two on the first restart on Lap 4. The team elected for an alter­nate strategy and the timing of the caution flags worked in the team’s favor and Rahal was able to climb 14 spots to finish ninth. He qual­i­fied 15th for Dual 2 in Detroit and finished ninth… In 2012, he qual­i­fied seventh with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing but had a 10-grid penalty for an unap­proved engine change and started 17th. He was eighth when he made his final stop on Lap 45/60 but during the red flag stop to repair the track, a clutch problem surfaced and he was unable to continue and retired in 19thplace. In 2008 he drove for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and progressed to the Fire­stone Fast Six in qual­i­fying for the first time in his series career and qual­i­fied sixth. The team chose the same pit strategy as then race leader Dixon which almost worked but a late race fourth caution botched the plan and he had to stop for a splash of fuel with three laps to go and dropped to 13th. 

1 WIN, 2 FRONT ROW STARTS &PODIUMS ON BELLE ISLE FOR RLL RACING: The 2014 entry will mark the 15th year for the team in the event as well as the 16th and 17th races. The team’s highest start of second place and highest finish of first in the event came in the inau­gural running on Belle Isle in 1992 by Bobby Rahal. The team also started second in 2013 with James Jakes (Dual 2). In total, the team has earned three podiums (James Jakes 2013, Max Papis 2000 – 2nd), four top-five finishes and 12 top-10’s here (chart on back page). Prior to 2014, the team prepared a total of 23 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992 – 1998), Mike Groff (1993 – 94), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996 – 99), Max Papis (1999 – 2001), Kenny Brack (2000 – 01), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007 – 08), Takuma Sato (2012) Graham Rahal (2013) and James Jakes (2013). The No. 15 National Guard entry for Graham Rahal will bring that total to 24 in 2014.

NEXT UP: Qual­i­fying for Dual 1 will take place tomorrow morning from 8:35 – 9:35 a.m. ET. Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com. The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit – Race 1 — will air on ABC on Saturday, May 31 and race 2 will air on ABC on Sunday – both shows begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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