Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Verizon IndyCar Series
NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, March 28, 2015
RAHAL WILL START 15TH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
POLE: Will Power 1:01.4709 / 105.416 mph (Round 3; Group 2)
15th: Graham Rahal 1:02.1850 / 104.205 mph (Round 1, Group 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We just seem to struggle with power down. We were only a couple of hundredths (of a second) away from advancing to Round 2 so if we can figure out how to maximize power down and get off the corner well enough, we will be in a better position. In fact the lap before my best lap was a tenth (of a second) better down the front straight and that’s probably the tenth we needed to advance. It’s going to be a long day of work tomorrow starting from 15th. I think we’ll be okay in the race but starting from where we are is going to make for a long day.”
EIGHTH ST. PETE EVENT FOR RLL: This will mark the eighth IndyCar race for the team in St. Pete and the 13th car entered. The team prepared Indy cars for Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Buddy Rice (2005, 2006), Vitor Meira (2005), Jeff Simmons (2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2014) and James Jakes (2013) prior to this year. The team led 11 laps with Takuma Sato in 2012 and four laps with Hunter-Reay in 2008 (G. Rahal won w/NHLR) and has earned three top-10 finishes with the best being fifth by Meira in 2005. The highest starting position by the team is sixth place by Hunter-Reay in 2008.
NEXT UP: Morning warm-up will take place tomorrow from 12:00-12:30 p.m. ET and the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised live on ABC beginning at 3:00 PM ET Sunday, March 29.
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