— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) May 25, 2019
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda had a great Carb Day practice on Friday. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner set the third fastest time of the day with a speed of 225.468MPH and speaking following the action he said:
I think we have a strong package, not the strongest package we’ve had, but I think we made good progress. We will have a look at data and compare the three cars to see if there’s anything we can squeeze out of the speed and stability for Sunday. I think the Indy 500 is tough year by year, month by month, hour by hour, it’s a different scenario. One thing you know is that you’ve been there, and you know how to get the job done and what to look for. I think the guys did a great job. I’m leading the engineering data toward what I want to and I think we’re getting really close to that.
Jordan King in the No.42 Honda was fourth fastest with a speed of 225.337MPH and speaking following the session he said:
Obviously we’re high up on the time screen. That’s a decent tow lap and it’s difficult to say with the track conditions, but I think we’ve got a good balance in the car just lacking in traffic. I think we’ll go back and work on a bit more of our traffic pace, but overall I’m reasonably happy. I think if we can just sort a couple things out we’ll be good. I’ll let you know if I’m comfortable about 50 laps into the race.”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was 17th with a speed of 223.541MPH and speaking following the action he said:
The United Rentals Honda was good there at the end, and I’m a cautiously optimistic person, so if I tell you it’s good, it’s good. I was able to pass a lot of guys, I was up there with the Penske boys at the end. If it stays like that and we get ourselves into a good position, then I think we have a good chance at this thing. There are some things we have to overcome but it felt good; it felt really good, so we’ll see.” (About brush with the wall): “The car was OK and then all of a sudden it just took off with understeer and brushed the wall. I had it one other time and I was actually leading a pack at that point and the front just gave up. With the wind like this, it gets a little bit gusty. I was behind two or three cars and if you get a crosswind and hit the wake, it’s going to go. I had one close call but the rest of the time the United Rentals car was really good.