RAHAL - Post-Qualifying Practice Quotes
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 20, 2019
FINAL PRACTICE CONCLUDES AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; RACE PREPARATION CONTINUES UNTIL CARB DAY ON FRIDAY
1) Simon Pagenaud 228.441 mph
18) Jordan King 226.118 mph
22) Takuma Sato 226.017 mph
25) Graham Rahal 225.747 mph
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We’re not there right now but we’re going to work hard to get there. It seems like we've got a lack of pace and the car balance isn't great in traffic. It’s a little bit inconsistent lap-to-lap and it’s creating some challenges for sure. I'm a little bit baffled right now. The conditions are not ideal; they aren’t like anything we're actually going to have on race day. It makes it tough to understand what we can take from today into the end of the week for Carb Day and into Sunday. Most likely very little of it is going to translate but you still have to be strong on any given day."
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think it was a productive day. We learned so much running in the pack today. I was able to follow the cars due to the conditions being a lot cooler today. There are still a few things we need to get done before Car Day and I think we gathered quite good data today. I feel the conditions were pretty similar to the first three days of practice. But I don't expect it to be this cold for next weekend and if it is, I think everyone will be racing in a pack. I think the higher temperature will separate the field and I think we'll be on the positive end of that. I feel there is good potential but we need to work a little harder."
JORDAN KING, No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We had a bit of a cough and a splutter at the start of the session with a few issues but once we got going I had reasons to be happy with the car. On our own and in traffic we were pretty good. I closed up to the cars in front and managed to get past a couple. I think it's really tricky in a long train to get past just because it checks up a lot and everyone got the tow down the next straight. Maybe there's something we can try and work on Friday in a multiple car tow. Overall I'm much happier today in traffic actually overtaking people and making some progress. It was a solid end to the session, but obviously we need to sort out what happened at the beginning of the session."
NEXT UP: The full field will take part in media tours across the United States on Tuesday. Graham Rahal will be in Detroit, Takuma Sato will be in Columbus, Ohio and Jordan King will attend the annual rookie luncheon in Indianapolis and then travel to Dayton, Ohio. Final practice will take place from 11-12 p.m. ET on Carb Day on Friday, May 24.
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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:19 PM, 05.24.2019