1) Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:00.8295 / 106.527 mph
10) Takuma Sato 1:01.3491 / 105.625 mph
20) Graham Rahal 1:01.9993 / 104.517 mph
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We went down a path in testing at Sebring and unfortunately Sebring is a high grip circuit, which we knew, and I think it just misled us. I fully believe that overnight we will find some changes and get ourselves pointed in a much-better position. We are struggling with the rear of the car which is very strange. We did at our first test as well but in general I think it hasn’t been an issue to this magnitude. We have a lot of work to do. Obviously Taku did a good job putting a lap in and I just didn’t. We are going back to the drawing board for tomorrow and make the United Rentals car quicker. ”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It always feels great to get on track for the opening race of the season. I love the atmosphere of St. Petersburg. There are already a lot of fans here on a Friday; it’s fantastic. We didn’t quite have as good of a first session as we wanted. A few things about the car were a little bit unexpected. Practice 1, I couldn’t do as many laps as I wanted. The second practice was a good improvement. We still need to work hard on some things but hopefully we can improve again for tomorrow.”
NEXT UP: Practice will take place tomorrow from 11:10-11:55 a.m. ET and qualifying is 2:20-3:35 PM. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised live on ABC at 12:30 PM ET Sunday, March 11.
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