Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was not too happy with how his opening day of practice went at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as preparations for next weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Rahal set the 26th fastest speed of 222.583MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“It was not the end of the day we hoped for. Obviously to be the quickest in the morning, we expected a little more this afternoon. We did a lot of race running. We struggled quite a lot with the balance of the car; it seemed to be throwing us quite a curveball from the test to coming back here. It did this morning as well, but we just happened to put in a good one (lap). It seems like it’s going to be a bit of a challenge for us to get things honed back in here but we have to reset. I think the track’s going to change a lot over the next couple of days and we’ll see how she goes. The United Rentals boys are hard at work; I think we’ll be just fine. We’ll be competitive. The car has got speed, we’ve just got to get the balance a little better.

Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic People Ready Honda ended the day in third place with the fastest speed of 226.132MPH and speaking following the action he said:

“It’s really good to be back at IMS, particularly with the fans. I could see so many fans smiling and over there (across the track) all day waiting – it was great to see that. Well first of all I think we shook down the car very nicely because the last test we had a small issue but everything is sorted, so I’m really happy to be back in the car. The PeopleReady car is beautiful; it looks awesome. It was a very productive day. We did a solo run with the wing sweep and ride height things and all the check list. But also the group runs in the end for two big group runs so that was very productive. We already learned the positive side and the not so positive side so hopefully we can carry over good things for tomorrow.

Santino Ferrucci in the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda was 32nd with a speed of 220.718MPH and speaking following the action he said:

It’s great to be back in Indy. Our Hy-Vee Honda is incredibly quick, even though we didn’t show it on the time sheets. We were down most of the afternoon session working on the car back on the pad. We went back out and ended the day in a pack of about seven cars and actually ended up going through it which was pretty awesome. It’s nice to be back racing with the guys. I’m looking forward to being back up on the top part of those (time) sheets in the next couple of days.

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