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100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade
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PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 18, 2016
RAHAL 10TH FASTEST ON THE SECOND DAY OF PRACTICE FOR THE INDY 500; PIGOT UNINJURED AFTER A CRASH THAT WAS CAUSED BY PUNCTURED TIRES
1) Ryan Hunter-Reay 228.202 mph 94 laps
10) Graham Rahal 226.244 mph 97 laps
25) Spencer Pigot 223.667 mph 39 laps
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The day started off really good, we put some great lap times up there early in the day then we seemed to struggle. I’m not 100 percent sure what’s going on here but we’re struggling with mechanical grip. When we follow other cars obviously there is an aero effect but it seems like some others are a lot better than us. It’s a little frustrating because we’ve been working very hard at this the last two days trying to get a bit of a balance out of it but we can’t seem to make a dent but we’re going to keep trying hard. This month is fun, but it’s not. It’s fun because we’re here, the atmosphere is cool but it’s not (fun) because its stressful, there is a lot of work, a lot of commitments but we’re trying hard to stay focused on the task at hand. We love being here, there’s no doubt about that, and we want to win this thing more than anything in the world but we have a lot of work to do.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 16 RLL / Mi-Jack / Manitowoc Dallara/Honda/Firestone: (Said after his 1:56 p.m. ET crash:) “The car was feeling pretty good, I think we’d been making improvements. We’d just done our quickest lap I think the run before, so everything was feeling good. So not really sure what happened there, so we’ll just have to go and look to see what caused the spin. It’s obviously a big setback for me, for the team, obviously not what you want to happen on just the second day. Like I said, we’ll just try to put everything back together and then pick up where we left off.
(Said at 6 p.m. ET:) “After we looked at the data, we found that the right front tire went down followed immediately by the right rear so I must have run over something that cut the tires and caused the spin.”
NEXT UP: Practice will take place from 12-6 p.m. ET tomorrow.
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