Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Barber Motorsports Park – OPEN TEST
Verizon IndyCar Series
TEST NOTES/QUOTES – March 18, 2014
FINAL PRE-SEASON TEST CONCLUDES FOR RAHAL AND SERVIA; COOL AND WET CONDITIONS LIMIT TESTING ON DAY 2 OF THE INDYCAR PRE-SEASON TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
1) Will Power 1:07.0608 / 123.470 mph (62 laps)
19) Graham Rahal 1:08.0803 / 121.616 mph (60 laps)
22) Oriol Servia 1:08.3943 / 121.063 mph (51 laps)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Pace-wise the day didn’t go quite as planned. I thought we would be more competitive, particularly coming off yesterday. We tried some bigger things today to try to learn a lot more and I think we learned, but unfortunately we didn’t find the pace. But at the end of the day, that’s what testing’s all about. We’re learning and I have all the confidence in the world that we’re going to be taking this thing in the right direction no matter how it looks here and now. Oriol and I both struggled with the same things and that’s why we brought him. We need some help getting this pointed in the right direction and I think he will be very influential in that process.”
ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We didn’t finish where we wanted, that’s obvious. Yesterday we only made one run due to different mechanical issues and we were P6. The same thing happened this morning. When we started we were P6, within half a second of the fastest guys, which had all run, so it was looking good but as the track gripped up we just couldn’t progress. We really missed working on the car yesterday. I just couldn’t make the car turn basically. We had a lot of understeer that we couldn’t really dial in. That’s what happens when Indy car racing is so competitive. It’s really my first day of testing and because of our limited running yesterday we really couldn’t try a lot of things as we usually would in a test like this. Because it was raining this morning, it was really a one-afternoon test. That’s all we had and it’s frustrating but we need to understand that we were very limited in the amount of time we had and the things we could try. It was a good warmup. I really like everybody that I worked with and I still have a good feeling that we can figure this out. Every member of this team has done it in the past so I’m sure we can do it again.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN 2014… Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing begins their 23rd consecutive season of competition in 2014. Graham Rahal will drive the No. 15 National Guard entry for the full season and Oriol Servia will drive the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry for four events with the intent of adding more as sponsorship details are finalized. Current plans call for Servia to compete in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500.
NEXT UP: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg season-opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series will take place on March 28-30.
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