Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal had a strong opening day to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda ended the day with the fourth fastest time of the day overall with a time of 01:08.9295s and speaking following the session the Japanese driver commented by saying:
“We made good progress today. It was productive day until the end of the session. We have more work to do because the lap time is not representative of what we feel we can get out of it. We made good progress from the first session and hopefully we will continue that tomorrow.”
The team will be working hard to repair Sato’s car after he hit the wall in the final moments of the afternoon session.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Total Honda ended the day with the eighth fastest tome of the day with a 01:09.2728s and speaking following the day of track action Rahal commented by saying:
It was an okay day. I think the Total Honda was good right off the bat on blacks (Firestone primary tires) comparatively. When we went to reds I think we lost the handling a little bit. We also had a really poor out lap. We were trying to get a big gap (on track ahead). We went out too early and I didn’t even get to get any temperature in them and I think the reds are only spectacular on one lap and we just missed it. Unfortunately that was that. Saturday is a new day so hopefully we can improve the Total Honda slightly and go from there. We have some work to do to catch some of the guys up front but overall it was a good day. The car is not bad, but it’s not quite good enough but we will keep working away to try our best to get a car capable of winning here. It was a textbook Long Beach Grand Prix day; great weather and a great crowd.