Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda said that the opening day of testing on Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking following the opening day of testing, Rahal said:
“I think it was definitely a good, solid start for us. I think the car (with the new aero kit) is going to race really, really well. I am definitely pleased with what I saw. Overall, I think it is going to be plenty quick. It’s still early days for sure, but all signs point us in the right direction. As a team, I think we had a really good, solid day. As you always do at Indy, we had times that we didn’t feel all that great about the situation, and in the race running at the end the United Rentals Honda felt really strong. We’ll see. It’s great to be back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Obviously, we had such a beautiful day today, so it was a great way to kick off the month of May.”
Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda was happy with his productive day. The Japanese driver commented by saying:
We had a very productive day today. We learned a lot for the first time (with the new universal aero kit), obviously, learning a new superspeedway package at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Talking about IMS, it’s just an unbelievable feeling and experience (to run here). It doesn’t matter what car or which number you are in, because the moment I did an installation lap, I flashed back to last year (to his Indianapolis 500 win). It’s so nice to be part of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s been a great day with gorgeous weather. We can’t ask for better than that. We did try quite a few directions to see which one works best, and I think Graham (Rahal) and I are both happy and I think we gathered a lot of good data, so it was a good day.