Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Verizon IndyCar Series
NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, April 15, 2016
PENN GRADE DRIVER RAHAL THIRD FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
1) Will Power 1:07.5992 / 104.806 mph
3) Graham Rahal 1:07.8853 / 104.364 mph
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 PennGrade Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I couldn’t get a good lap in on the new tires; it took me way too long. I guess today is a good day to do that but it’s just disappointing because I knew that the car had the lap time in it. Finally we got a decent one in though. The PennGrade car seems to be good, the balance isn’t bad. We have a couple of things to work on but we’re in a good position right now. And we have one less set of tires than some so we didn’t run on new tires as much as some but I feel good about where we are right now. I feel good about what the car is giving me. We have a little more work to do but in terms of competitiveness but we seem to be very close.”
3 POLES, 6 PODIUMS FOR RLL IN 16 INDY CAR RACES AT LONG BEACH: This marks the 17th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) to compete in the event. Although the team didn’t compete in Indy car races here from 2004-2011 while they fielded a fulltime entry in the Indy Racing League (2004-2008), they did compete in the 2003 and 2004 Atlantic races with Danica Patrick and in the 2007 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race. In 2009, the team returned to the streets of Long Beach in the ALMS with BMW Team RLL and has finished on the podium each year since then which makes Long Beach the most successful venue for the team in the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since its inaugural season in 2009, the team has not failed to finish the race without at least one car on the podium at Long Beach. The team has won the race three times (2011, 2013 and 2015).
NEXT UP: Practice will take place tomorrow morning from 10:00-10:45 a.m. PT. Qualifying will take place from 2:00-3:15 PM PT and air on NBCSN at 6:00 PM ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be televised live on NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET Sunday, April 17.
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