Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who drives the No.15 Total Honda said he was slightly frustrated following Friday’s action.
Rahal who finished the in 13th place commented by saying:
Practice 2 was a little frustrating for us. I don’t know that we got a great lap on the reds but still I don’t know that we quite have the pace to be in the top five yet. At the test we were fifth and this morning in the first practice we were fifth pretty easily and weren’t even really up to speed yet. We were pushing hard and I couldn’t match that lap time on blacks this afternoon. We need to take a deep dive into things and figure out why, when it was hot and the sun was out, why we weren’t as good. We’re going to work hard overnight to try to get the TOTAL car faster. Takuma set about the same time as us so we’re going to put our heads together and try to figure out how to go quicker.”
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda ended the day in eighth place and speaking following the action he said:
TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Honda): “We had two practice sessions as well as a warmup today, which is new since we usually do it on race day. We made long runs with full tanks. The car improved a lot from the test, but the conditions compared to then were much different. It was much warmer today than when we tested, so we had less downforce and the tires started to slide, so it was a difficult for everyone. We seem to have a good speed for one lap for qualifying, but we have a lot of work to be done on our long run. It’s exciting to be at COTA; the fans are very enthusiastic. I think we have a lot more speed, so we will keep working on it.”