Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda endured a tough day on Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of next weekend’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Rahal ended the day in 33rd pace with a fastest speed of 226.811MPH completing 54 laps and speaking following the day of action he said:
It was a tough day for us. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We don’t seem to have the pace. We’re trying everything we can possibly but we’re just not quite there yet.”
Oriol Servia in the No.64 Scuderia Corsa/Manitowoc Honda ended the day in fourth place with a fastest speed of 230.247MPH with the Spaniard completing 40 laps and speaking following the action he said:
Fast Friday has come and gone. The day goes quicker than you want. We still had a couple things to try for tomorrow’s qualifying but I am pretty pleased. We finished fourth fastest with a little bit of tow on that lap. So right now, I think if we make everything right, tomorrow we may have a shot at Top 9. But again we have to get everything perfect in the four laps. If not, we may be just missing that line. We still have a lot of data to look at overnight and try to make a good guess for tomorrow. The weather should be good enough for at least letting everyone try a couple attempts. So hopefully we get everything right and make that top 9 for qualifying!
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda ended the day in 24th place having set a fastest speed of 227.782MPH with the Japanese driver having completed 44 laps and speaking following the action he said:
Fast Friday is always exciting. You go five or six miles per hour faster on average with higher boost suddenly The corner you are looking at is suddenly tighter but I love this kind of sensation of speed and trying to work specifically only for the speed. We used multiple sets of new tires, made short runs for qualifying and we’re still not satisfied with our speed relatively but we made good progress. We will see all the data tonight and hopefully it will all come together for qualifying.