Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Team with Theodore Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda ended the final day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Friday’s Carb Day ahead of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in 19th place having set a fastest speed of 224.536mph completing 88 laps.
Speaking following the session Rahal who will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 26th place commented by saying:
We started off good and then we made some changes which kind of took us sideways in terms of progress. Then we had to go back to the garage to replace the left rear upright. We went back out and just pounded around made a solid, good improvement. We ran on old tires and again, I could pass everyone I wanted to pass. I’m pretty pleased with the Steak ‘n Shake Honda. If we could go out next Sunday and the conditions were just like this, I’d be a happy man. Legitimately, I felt like there was nobody that I was around that I couldn’t pass and I don’t think I’ve ever said that on the Monday before the race. We’ll probably just polish it (car), put it away and then go for Carb Day and see what we’ve got.
Spencer Pigot in the No.16 RLL/Mi-Jack Manitowoc Honda who will start his first Indianapolis 500 from 29th place finished Monday’s practice session in 28th place after completing a fastest speed of 222.867mph completing 107 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speaking following the track action Pigot commented by saying:
I think we made some progress throughout the middle part of the session. Towards the end, we tried a few things that didn’t give us what we were looking for so we will go back and see where we can improve. It was good to finally get some running in the pack. We missed quite a lot of time during the week but I think we can make some changes and have a good car for the race. It’s definitely a lot different in the pack with all the drafting, people passing and checking up and doing all sorts of stuff. Its unpredictable out there but it’s exciting. It’s definitely going to take time to really get the hang of it but I think Carb Day will be another good practice for the race.