Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
REV Group Grand Prix at Road America
NTT IndyCar Series – Round 10 of 17
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – June 21, 2019
SATO AND RAHAL SET THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH FASTEST TIMES IN PRACTICE FOR THE REV GROUP GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA
1) Alexander Rossi 1:43.1206 / 140.131 mph Practice 2
7) Takuma Sato 1:43.8244 / 139.181 mph Practice 1
8) Graham Rahal 1:43.9772 / 138.977 mph Practice 2
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 GEHL / Manitou Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “At the end of the day we showed the at the GEHL / Manitou Honda has got pace. We need to put it together a little bit better to close the gap on a couple of the Penske guys and a couple of the Andretti cars but it’s close. You look at us at a 1:43.9 and then you look on backwards, and its going to be close. We should be okay. We’re changing engines tonight. Thanks to Honda and their reliability, we made it to the end of the mileage. We’ll move on to a new bullet for tomorrow.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It seems that we lost pace significantly in the afternoon session and I don’t know why at the moment. I didn’t feel good in the car, it was sliding a bit too much. We tried various setup changes but it just seems like we need to work a little harder for tomorrow. It was a tough session and I don’t know whether it was the conditions or something we did. We will look at the data from the day and come back strong tomorrow.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ROAD AMERICA … The 2019 The 2019 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will mark the 16th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing to compete in an Indy car race here and fourth since 2003. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races here from 1992-2003 and again since 2016 with a best starting position of pole by Kenny Brack in 2001 and best finish of second place by Bobby Rahal in 1996. The team has earned a total of five podium finishes here (2nd – B. Rahal 1996; 3rd – B. Rahal 1992-1993, Kenny Brack 2000, Graham Rahal 2016). The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA-sanctioned races here under the name BMW Team RLL since 2009 and has three wins (2009, 2010, 2012), three poles (2009, 2011, 2014) and a total of eight podium finishes here.
NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 11:00-11:45 a.m. CT and qualifying will take place from 3:00-4:15. NBCSN will broadcast qualifying coverage on a tape delayed basis at 5 PM ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary. The REV Group Grand Prix will be televised live on NBC beginning at 12:00 PM ET Sunday, June 24.
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