Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda ended the opening day of practice at Barber Motorsports Park in 13th place with a time of 01:09.4532s and speaking following the track activity he said:

It was a tough day with mixed feelings. Initially I felt the car was quite position while the track was still green.  The session was cut short by red flags but we felt good under those conditions.  As the track started getting more rubber down and faster, we started losing the balance and grip. In the end we struggled to find the speed. I was in traffic when I was on the red tire and never got a clear lap but I didn’t really feel we could gain any time.  Hopefully we can develop the car tonight and have a productive day because today was tough.”

Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda ended the opening day of practice in 16th place with a time of 01:09.5660s and speaking following the day’s action he said:

No one went quicker on the red (alternate) tires other than maybe Hinch (Hinchcliffe) which was unusual.  They are going to be a major challenge; the balance shift is massive. For us, really we were close. The first run was solid which was when we went our quickest. I lifted because of traffic to start what could have potentially been the optimal lap, timing wise, right when the tires were sweet, because I thought I had an extra lap of fuel afterward and I didn’t so I wasted the blacks at the start. We’re not quickest but we’re only half of a second out. It’s so close.  It looks like there is only one sector where we are losing most of our time.  We will work hard to resolve that.”




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