Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
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PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 14, 2014
INTERMITTANT SHOWERS PREVENTED PRACTICE FROM BEGINNING UNTIL APPROX. 5:15 PM EST; RAHAL AND SERVIA EACH RAN 33 LAPS IN THE ABBREVIATED SESSION
1) Simon Pagenaud 226.122 mph 36 laps
24) Oriol Servia 222.780 mph 33 laps
25) Graham Rahal 222.152 mph 33 laps
OVERALL: Intermittent light showers prevented running on a dry track until approximately 5:15 p.m. EST so the series extended the session to 7 p.m. Light rain returned at approx. 6:20 and the session ended.
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a short day. I didn’t think we were going out today but we got lucky. I hope we get lucky Thursday too. I think we’ve got a lot to work on. I was pretty optimistic the first couple of laps; I thought the car was pretty good but we just never really gained anything from there. Now its time to start digging deep and figure out what it is. Both of our cars did the same speed. We’ve got to find more and keep working hard.”
ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I went for a long run in the morning and caught up on some emails during the rain delay. The engineers were working and honestly, sometimes a day like this is a good time to catch up and analyze what you have done. If not you just keep testing and testing and its hard to really analyze everything you test. We will take the last day and a half of rain but now we are ready to get back at it. We just did a couple of runs and the car felt good. It was almost just a reset of the setup but now we want to try more things. Its all good, we keep improving.”
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).
NEXT UP: Practice will resume for the 98th Indy 500 tomorrow between 12-6 p.m. ET. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary by the IMS Radio Network.
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