Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 31, 2019
RAHAL WAS FIFTH FASTEST OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX DOUBLEHEADERS; SATO WAS 15TH
1) Alexander Rossi 1:15.1367 / 112.595 mph
5) Graham Rahal 1:16.0757 / 111.205 mph (5th in Practice 1)
15) Takuma Sato 1:16.7481 / 110.231 mph (10th in Practice 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think we had a decent day today. It seems like the Fifth Third Bank car has good pace. The race is going to be interesting. Qualifying is going to be important but I think there are going to be guys throughout the race that are really going to struggle. The tires seemed to be designed to fall off very quickly. We’re just going to go out there and see what we get but the car has pace. Tomorrow morning (qualifying) is going to be important and we’ve got to put a good lap together and go racing.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough day. Detroit is always a fun place. It’s the bumpiest track in the series and the fans are always very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We really want to carry the momentum after the Indy 500 but today the 30 car struggled a bit. We need to find a new solution and direction. We split the program between the two cars and the 15 car seems to be happier so we have a big job tonight to get the car better.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT DETROIT … The 2019 event will mark the 20th year for RLL to compete at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and the team’s 26th and 27th races here. The team’s highest start of pole came in 2017 with Graham Rahal earning his first pole since 2009 in Race 1. 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 is the only driver to have won both races on the same weekend, which he did in 2017. 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.
NEXT UP: Qualifying for Dual 1 will take place tomorrow from 10:45-11:15 a.m. ET and the 70 lap Dual 1 will take the Green Flag at 3:50 PM. Qualifying for Race 1 is live on INDYCAR Pass from 10:45-11:15 a.m. ET and tape-delayed on NBCSN from 12:00-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Qualifying for Race 2 is live on NBCSN and INDYCAR Pass from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2. Also live on the AAPIRN and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis). The Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit Duals will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3:00 PM ET Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.
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