Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Grand Prix of Portland – Portland, Oregon
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – August 30, 2019
SATO WAS THE 12TH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND AND RAHAL WAS 19TH
1) Colton Herta 57.4293 / 123.115 mph (5th in Warmup)
12) Takuma Sato 58.1906 / 121.504 mph (20th in Warmup)
19) Graham Rahal 58.4616 / 120.941 mph (7th in Warmup)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “While I’m worried about our outright pace a little bit, it seemed like our race pace was very good. It seemed like we were pretty competitive with the guys I was around in practice. In the afternoon session, we got off to a bad start. The car balance was actually very good but it seemed like we were down on power. We’ll be better tomorrow. We ended the day seventh in the race warmup, and almost matched our best time even with full fuel so I feel like we’re in a better place. We’ve just got to keep working on it tonight.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s nice to be back here. We have great memories from last year. It was a good day, I think. We had no major problems so we completed the program we wanted today. I don’t think we have the perfect handling at the moment but I think at least we understand the two types of tires more through medium-ish and long runs and that’s really important. For qualifying, I think we still need to work on it really hard tomorrow morning to get extra speed because it feels like we are still lacking speed. But at least the car felt pretty good on long runs.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here last year in Indy car racing’s returning to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007. The 2019 race will mark the 14th time for RLL to compete in an Indy car race here. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races at PIR from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Bryan Herta in 1998 and Max Papis in 2001 and best finish of first place by Max Papis in 2001 and Sato in 2018. RLL has earned a total of four podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 114 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69, Sato: 25). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogerty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa).
NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 11:00-11:45 a.m. PT and qualifying will take place from 3:00-4:15. NBCSN will broadcast qualifying coverage at 6 PM ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary. The Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 1.