Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lundgaard in the No.45 Hy-Veee Honda ended an action-packed Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear in 12rh place with a time of 1:04.1978s and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“It’s a challenging track for sure, especially in the race. There is a lot of tire degradation. I don’t think anybody was able to match their lap times on their second run on their tires which normally you would be able to on a track that evolves a lot in a session and over the weekend, at least. At this point, I don’t think we’ve got the best package so we need to investigate that. We struggle in some areas and need to sort that out for Practice 2 and get the Hy-Vee car further up there.”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was 16th fastest with a time of 1:04.4797s and speaking following the action, Rahal who dominated on Belle Isle a few years ago commented saying:
I thought the United Rentals car was solid. On the reds (Firestone alternate tires) no one got a good lap but, us in particular, we were stuck I traffic the whole time. We got one shot at it and it was a decent lap. The next lap was up but we had only taken two corners but I was already up a couple of tenths but there was somebody in the runoff of Turn 1 so that was that lap. And then that was it. I feel like we’re top-10-ish but we have a little work to do to have the pace that Pato put up there. The biggest challenge is to hit the bumps right. It’s unbelievably bumpy and if you miss the angle at all, you’re in big trouble so the biggest challenge is to hit those angles correctly
Jack Harvey in the No.30 Kustom Entertainment Honda was 18th with a time of 1:04.6777s and speaking following the action he commented saying:
Braking in Turn 3 was consistently one of my most challenging areas. Braking everywhere, really. We’re just not stopping the car the way we really need to. We’re struggling to turn through it. One of the things I thought was kind of hard was when I was on one lap and I would look down and be one-half of a second off what I had done the lap before and the next one I was a half a tenth (of a second) quicker. The way the time was coming was a little, not organic maybe. The Kustom Entertainment car is fine currently. I don’t know if we have Pato-type pace but certainly what Christian did is achievable. There is a lot of speed to try to find tonight.