A Strong Day For Rahal In Long Beach


Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Total Honda had a strong start to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend on Friday. Rahal set the fourth fastest time in the opening session with a time of 01:08.3496s.

In the afternoon session, Rahal set the seventh fastest time with a 01:08.1289s and speaking following the track action he said:

“It was a decent day for the TOTAL team. I think in the end our pace is OK. I think we’ve got to find a couple of tenths (of a second) to be comfortable. We probably could match what the top guys did. We caught a little traffic on our first lap on reds (Firestone alternate tires) and just didn’t get it all. We had to bail out of the second lap, too, which hurt us, so we did our best time on our third lap and it wasn’t a pretty lap. I think we’re competitive, but like always, it’s going to be super, super tight. We finished seventh and were only a couple of tenths off. We’ve just got to keep digging and try to find a little more.”

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner Takuma Sato in the No.30 Mi Jack / Panasonic Honda ended the day with the 17th fastest time with a 01:08.6274s and speaking following the action he said:

The view from pit out is quite good. Being there should be a good advantage for the race. It was a tough day. We did try a couple of different directions. Graham (Rahal) and I split the workload, but it feels like we are a step behind at the moment and trying to catch up. We’re learning all the time how to do a proper back-to-back (race weekend). There is a lot of work to be done tonight.

(Video courtesy of IndyCar via youtube,com)

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