Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’ Shake Honda ended day one at home at the Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports car course in Lexington, in fourth place with a fastest time of 01:04.5982s.

Rahal who took victory at home in 2015 goes into this weekend’s race following a 13th place finish on the streets of Toronto last time out.

Speaking following his opening day of track action in Mid-Ohio commented by saying:

It was difficult to get the Steak ‘n Shake car to improve this morning. We tested here last week and came back and it was a whole different beast to drive. The track can change so much in a short amount of time and that why it’s hard to test here, and some teams don’t.  With all the GT cars and other cars racing, there are a lot of different types of rubber on the track and on top of that, just a lot of cars period. We definitely improved the Steak ‘n Shake car in the second practice. We got a decent lap in at the end. The rain did catch me on the last part of the lap but we were fourth fastest so we’ll take it.  When you come here to test as a single car team, it’s tough. It’s all on you as the lone individual whereas Penske for instance has four cars to share the data with. It’s not easy but my guys have done an excellent job this year of keeping their heads down and fighting hard.  Obviously we want to win here, we want to go back-to-back. It’s a big weekend for myself, for all of our sponsors like Steak ‘n Shake, PennGrade and everyone that is heavily involved and makes this happen.  I hope we can have a solid weekend.

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