Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Verizon IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – June 1, 2018
RAHAL WAS SIXTH FASTEST OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX DOUBLEHEADERS; SATO WAS 13TH
1) Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:16.3598 / 110.791 mph
6) Graham Rahal 1:16.7098 / 110.286 mph (3rd in Practice 1)
13) Takuma Sato 1:17.1359 / 109.677 mph (12th in Practice 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “In the end, the United Rentals car was not bad. We certainly weren’t great but our pace is close. We struggled with the car being very, very lose compared to last year. We made a big change mid-session, before we had even done any real running. We just took a big swing at it just because we felt that with the red flag (King) we were going to lose time if we didn’t just try it. It was probably the wrong way to go so now we know that and we will go back and adjust for qualifying and hopefully we will be okay.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The day was a little bit of a mixture of results. We found some positives but mostly we were struggling with issue with the brakes and other things so and never really solved them. It never felt comfortable unfortunately and with the short sessions, that’s what we’ve got. At least we have been competitive here most of the time so we will see how it turns out in qualifying.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT DETROIT … This will be RLL’s 19th year to compete at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and the team’s 24th and 25th races. The team’s highest start of pole came last year in Dual 1 with Graham Rahal earning his first pole since 2009. Bobby and Graham Rahal have earned a combined total of three wins for the team here. Bobby won the inaugural race in 1992 and Graham won both races here last year. In total, the team has earned seven podiums (2nd – G. Rahal 2014, Jakes 2013 & Max Papis 2000), (3rd – G. Rahal 2015) eight top-five finishes and 16 top-10’s here (chart available). Prior to 2018, the team prepared a total of 28 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992-1998), Mike Groff (1993-94), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Kenny Brack (2000-01), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-08) Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2017), James Jakes (2013) and Oriol Servia (2017).
NEXT UP: Qualifying for Dual 1 will take place tomorrow from 10:55-11:25 a.m. ET and the 70 lap Dual 1 will take the Green Flag at 3:50 PM. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary by the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit Dual 1 will be televised live on ABC beginning at 3:30 PM ET Saturday, June 2.
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