Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing drivers Graham Rahal and Oriol Servia spent the second day of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at Indianapolis Motor Speedway working on race set-up.
Graham Rahal driving the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda ended the day in 20th place, completing 100 laps with a fastest speed of 221.738mph and speaking following the action, Rahal commented by saying:
I think the car, naturally, has a lot of pace and a lot of speed. That isn’t something casual fans necessarily understand that statement but sometimes you get what’s called ‘slow car syndrome’ and sometimes there are cars that are just fast and I think our car has some pace to it. The flip side is that, mechanically, we need to get the car a little more comfortable. (Will) Power looks strong but I don’t see anybody that looks dominant to me but still, we need to get the car more comfortable to be able to run in traffic. The competition is pretty strong, contrary to what they want to believe. You never know what they have in store until it gets closer to Pole Day. It’s been a benefit to have Oriol here. He has had several reads that are very similar to mine. His sense of the car – the good things and bad things — is identical to mine so it is a benefit. Not that we’re bad, but we need to be better. We need to work through a checklist of things tomorrow because we really only have another day and a half of race running before we have to get into qualifying work.
Oriol Servia in the No.16 Manitowoc Honda ended the day in 18th place completing 65 laps with a fastest speed of 221.921mph and speaking following the session, he stated:
You wouldn’t think it by looking at the time sheets but I am actually happier today than yesterday. I think we ended up with a car more racer-friendly than yesterday which is what we need in a 500-mile race with 32 cars around you. We just focused on that today honestly and I think we made a good step.