Rahal Finishes Day One In 12th As Claman DeMelo Makes Competitive Debut

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals/Soldier Strong Honda ended the opening day of the final Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend of the 2017 season in 12th place with a fastest time of 01:16.8121s and speaking after the on track action Rahal commented by saying:

It was a challenging day.  We can’t quite seem to get a hold on the rear end of the car here. It’s very neutral and difficult to drive. We have thrown a lot of changes at the problem and have improved but there is a long way to go.  We are frustrated but we’re going to keep working hard.

Canadian Zachery Claman DeMelo made his competitive Verizon IndyCar Series debut on Friday in the No.13 PaySafe Honda, setting the 22nd fastest time of the day with a 01:17.9506s and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:

Yesterday I just learned the track and learned the car during the test day and tried to get used to everything as fast as I could.  It was more a learning day today than anything. I started to push the Paysafe Honda a bit more.  It was a good morning session. There was probably a bit more time in the car.  I struggled a bit in the afternoon with the hotter temperatures and the new tire but I’m still learning and I’m sure we will make good changes for tomorrow.  The pit stops were really different than I have done before but I think it came to me naturally. It was a lot of fun.  I’m looking forward to doing it in the race.

Claman DeMelo on track at Sonoma

Claman DeMelo on track at Sonoma

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