Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway
Verizon IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, September 15, 2017
RAHAL SET THE 12TH FASTEST TIME OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA INDYCAR SEASON FINALE; ROOKIE CLAMAN DeMELO WAS 22ND
1) Josef Newgarden 1:16.2485 / 112.605 mph
12) Graham Rahal 1:16.8121 / 111.779 mph
22) Zachary Claman DeMelo 1:17.9506 / 110.147 mph
ZACHARY CLAMAN DeMELO, No. 13 Paysafe Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Yesterday I just learned the track and learned the car during the test day and tried to get used to everything as fast as I could. It was more a learning day today than anything. I started to push the Paysafe Honda a bit more. It was a good morning session. There was probably a bit more time in the car. I struggled a bit in the afternoon with the hotter temperatures and the new tire but I’m still learning and I’m sure we will make good changes for tomorrow. The pit stops were really different than I have done before but I think it came to me naturally. It was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to doing it in the race.”
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals / SoldierStrong Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a challenging day. We can’t quite seem to get a hold on the rear end of the car here. It’s very neutral and difficult to drive. We have thrown a lot of changes at the problem and have improved but there is a long way to go. We are frustrated but we’re going to keep working hard.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT SONOMA … The 2017 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma race will mark the 10th Indy car event for RLLR here. The highest start for the team here is fifth by Graham Rahal in 2016. The highest finish is second place by Buddy Rice in 2005 and Graham Rahal in 2016. Prior to the 2017 event, the team prepared a total of 15 Indy car entries for drivers Buddy Rice (2005-2006), Vitor Meira (2005), Danica Patrick (2005-2006), Jeff Simmons (2006), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-2008), Takuma Sato (2012), James Jakes (2013) and Graham Rahal (2013-2016). The team has earned two podiums (2nd – Rice 2005, Rahal 2015), two top-five’s and five top-10 finishes at the track.
NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 11:00-11:45 a.m. ET and qualifying will be 3:30 – 4:45. NBCSN will air qualifying live beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions not televised from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, September 17.
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