Rahal Letterman Lanigan Team’s Graham Rahal driving the No.15 PennGrade Honda ended the opening day of practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 12th place. Speaking following his first day in the car, Rahal commented by saying:
Today was what we will refer to as a character builder. In the first session, I didn’t think that we were that bad. We just didn’t get a run on the second set of tires. We are definitely challenged for lateral grip, challenged to get the car to bite into the road surface. In the IndyCar Series right now, it’s so competitive. If you are three-tenths (of a second) off, that could be the difference between being first and 15th place. We have to be on top of our game each and every time we go out on track and today I’m not sure that we accomplished that goal. We will work hard tonight and come back stronger tomorrow.
Graham and his dad, team co-owner Bobby Rahal have never won here and the team will be hoping to change that this weekend.