RAHAL - Tuesday 5/15 Practice Notes
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 15, 2019
RAHAL, SATO AND KING MADE PROGRESS WITH THEIR RACE SETUPS ON THE SECOND DAY OF PRACTICE FOR THE INDY 500
1) Josef Newgarden 228.856 mph
14) Graham Rahal 227.008 mph
17) Takuma Sato 226.765 mph
31) Jordan King 225.291 mph
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We ran in race trim all day. I feel like we're pretty competitive. We need to get some understeer out of the car to be a little bit quicker. In general, I think we're close. It seems like a lot of guys are good on one run and struggle the next. It's going to be one of those deals where we have to stay committed to it, try to work through it, and find ways to improve. I think all three of our cars are very similar on balance so the good sign is we can all work together at it. (On coming close to the wall on a few laps:) The one felt close (to the wall) behind Spencer (Pigot). I knew that what happened to Fernando could have easily happened to me. I could sense it was coming so luckily I lifted before it got bad. Unfortunately, it seems like when you get in the wake and the car decides to understeer, it goes pretty big.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We were only working on the race setup today. This place is so different considering its only four corners and the speed range is 220 mph but it changes a lot, day to day. By yourself, it felt good, but in traffic it was a very different feeling. The track is getting more rubber laid down and everyone is getting more competitive and the whole pace is raised. It's even more difficult to follow. In fact, trying to overtake is extremely difficult. I think we learned quite a few things today and hopefully we can translate it into tomorrow for a better result."
JORDAN KING, No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We were up to speed much better today, starting to feel the car, and actually work the car well. We made some good progress. Our no tow time is not too bad obviously in traffic I'm still struggling myself inside the car. It's kind of a double whammy, there's a few people who put in some quick times in traffic which is unfortunate. We need to work on that for the race and obviously work on it for qualifying. Those are the two things were trying to work on and making small progress.”
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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 5:06 PM, 05.16.2019