Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal’s No.15 United Rentals Honda unloaded extremely fast on the opening day of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. Rahal who won both races here last year was sixth fastest at the end of the opening day of practice with a fastest time of 01:16.7098s and speaking following the session he said:
“In the end, the United Rentals car was not bad. We certainly weren’t great, but our pace is close. We struggled with the car being very, very loose compared to last year. We made a big change mid-session, before we had even done any real running. We just took a big swing at it, just because we felt that with the red flag, we were going to lose time if we didn’t just try it. It was probably the wrong way to go, so now we know that and we will go back and adjust for qualifying and hopefully we will be OK.”
Takuma Sato in the No.30 Fifth Third Bank Honda ended the day with the 13th fastest time of 01:17.1359s and speaking following the action he said:
The day was a little bit of a mixture of results. We found some positives, but mostly we were struggling with an issue with the brakes and other things, so and never really solved them. It never felt comfortable, unfortunately, and with the short sessions, that’s what we’ve got. At least we have been competitive here most of the time, so we will see how it turns out in qualifying.