Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda had a strong start to his home race weekend at Mid-Ohio on Friday.
Rahal finished the day in third place with a fastest time of 01:05.4141s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
“It was a good day. In the end I think we got the Fifth Third Bank car pretty close. We still have some work to do over night to try to figure out what this car wants on the red (alternate) tires and all of that stuff but so far it’s been a pretty strong day. We will get with Takuma tonight, look over the data, and see what we need to keep making progress. It just makes life so much easier to qualify well. The year that we won, yeah we struggled in qualifying and got blocked and started 13th but it turned out to be ‘Lucky 13’ but that’s no fun. This year we have not done a good job of just starting in the front and having a normal day. It would be a nice thing to have happen. There have been a lot of circumstances that have bit us this year and there have been times that there have been opportunities that we haven’t taken advantage of. We want to have a good weekend and put it all together.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda finished the session in 16th place and speaking following the session he said:
The day started pretty good. There were several red flag interruptions in the first practice but the car worked pretty well and I think we were competitive. We tried some setup changes in the second practice session that I thought were initially good but it looks like we needed to shift in another direction for the red tire. We might not have had the ultimate speed we wanted today but we made good progress.