Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
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PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 11, 2014
RAHAL AND SERVIA MADE SHORT RUNS TO SHAKE DOWN THEIR RACE CARS ON OPENING DAY FOR THE INDY 500
1) Will Power 223.057 mph 82 laps
18) Oriol Servia 219.150 mph 5 laps
21) Graham Rahal 217.454 mph 16 laps
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think we have a good starting point for the National Guard car. We didn’t want to run a lot today. Our plan was just to run an install lap and a couple more and move on. Hopefully tomorrow will be a good day weather-wise and we will run a lot of laps.”
ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The plan was to do an install check and one run and that’s what we did. I have to say the car felt really good. We had a decent speed. Without being too optimistic I have to say this was the best first run I ever had here so I am very encouraged. The car felt really good. Tomorrow we plan to run a little more and start going through the things we want to test for the month and prepare for the race especially seeing that there is some rain coming early this week. We need to get the best out of it tomorrow probably. ”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT INDY … The team’s highest start and finish in the event came in 2004 when Buddy Rice won from pole. In addition, the team has earned a total of four podiums (2nd – Meira 2005; 3rd – Rahal 1994, 1995). The 2014 race will mark the 17th year for the team in the event. Prior to 2014, the team prepared a total of 30 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992-1995), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Jimmy Vasser (2002-2003), Kenny Brack (2003, 2005), Buddy Rice (2004, 2006; DNC 2005 due to practice crash), Vitor Meira (2004, 2005), Roger Yasukawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010 and 2013), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012), Michel Jourdain (2012) and James Jakes (2013).
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