Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Verizon IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES — Friday, April 21, 2017
RAHAL WAS 15TH FASTEST OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA
1st: Marco Andretti 1:07.7134 / 122.280 mph
15th: Graham Rahal 1:08.5585 / 120.773 mph
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a frustrating day. So far this season, we have struggled on the first day of practice and we need to find a way to be stronger out of the box. We will look at the data and work hard to rebound overnight and get to the Fast Six in qualifying like we did at the last race. We have a lot of work to do but I’m confident my guys can make it happen.”
RLLR AT BARBER: The 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will mark the sixth IndyCar Series race for the team at Barber Motorsports Park (BMP). The past two years, RLLR and Rahal played a major role in exciting races and earned the top finish for the team of second place each year (more details above). In 2014, Rahal finished 17th after running as high as 10th but was hit by two cars. Servia started 19th, ran as high as 14th and finished 20th. In 2013, Rahal set a lap time fast enough to progress to Round 2 and qualify in the top-12 if he had been in Group 2 but he was in Group 1 and ultimately qualified 21st. He had to pit for a new nose on the opening lap after the field checked up and he hit Oriol Servia. He moved up to 12th place but ran out of fuel on the final lap due to a malfunction in the fueling system and dropped to 21st. James Jakes qualified 11th in 2013 but had to pit early in the race when the camber shims fell out of the left rear upright which put him two laps down to the leader. He soldiered on through fueling issues, set the fastest lap of the race and finished 23rd. In 2012, Takuma Sato set the third fastest time in Friday’s first practice for the team and was fastest in the wet second session but traffic limited his qualifying performance to 16th. In the race he passed four cars for 12th place on red alternate tires but struggled on primary tires and ultimately retired in 24th place due to mechanical failure after 52/90 laps.
NEXT UP: Final practice will take place tomorrow from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. CT and qualifying will be 3:15-4:30 PM CT. NBCSN will broadcast qualifying beginning at 4:30 PM ET. The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama will be televised live on NBCSN from 3:00-6:00 PM ET Sunday, April 23.
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