Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing endured mixed fortunes on day 3 of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s qualifying session for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next weekend as Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda ended the day in 10th place and speaking following his run he commented by saying:
The day started off really good, we put some great lap times up there early in the day then we seemed to struggle. I’m not 100 percent sure what’s going on here but we’re struggling with mechanical grip. When we follow other cars obviously there is an aero effect but it seems like some others are a lot better than us. It’s a little frustrating because we’ve been working very hard at this the last two days trying to get a bit of a balance out of it but we can’t seem to make a dent but we’re going to keep trying hard. This month is fun, but it’s not. It’s fun because we’re here, the atmosphere is cool but it’s not (fun) because its stressful, there is a lot of work, a lot of commitments but we’re trying hard to stay focused on the task at hand. We love being here, there’s no doubt about that, and we want to win this thing more than anything in the world but we have a lot of work to do.
In contrast on the other side of the Rahal garage, Spencer Pigot in the No.16 RLL / Mi-Jack / Manitowoc endured a disastrous day as he hit the wall hard at T1, fortunately he was unhurt and speaking following the session where he finished in 25th place, Pigot commented by saying:
(Said after his 1:56 p.m. ET crash:) “The car was feeling pretty good, I think we’d been making improvements. We’d just done our quickest lap I think the run before, so everything was feeling good. So not really sure what happened there, so we’ll just have to go and look to see what caused the spin. It’s obviously a big setback for me, for the team, obviously not what you want to happen on just the second day. Like I said, we’ll just try to put everything back together and then pick up where we left off.
Pigot went on to say:
(Said at 6 p.m. ET:) “After we looked at the data, we found that the right front tire went down followed immediately by the right rear so I must have run over something that cut the tires and caused the spin.”