Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda had an encouraging final practice session on Carb Day ahead of Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil as he ended the hour long session in sixth place overall with a speed of 226.386MPH and speaking after completing 34 laps, Rahal stated:
I’ve got to say, I’m super happy with the race car. The Steak ‘n Shake Honda felt really comfortable. We got through our check list of the couple of things we wanted to do in the session and the car seemed very solid. I am definitely very pleased. I feel pretty good now. Running well on Carb Day definitely gives you confidence for the race. Hopefully the Steak ‘n Shake boys can get this thing in Victory Lane. I feel pretty confident that if we can have good pits stops and work our way forward, we can definitely run with those guys at the front.
Oriol Servia in the No.16 Manitowoc Honda ended the session in 17th place with a fastest speed of 224.969MPH completing 20 laps and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We didn’t want to do too much running, and thought we had plenty of spare time. We had a problem in the fuel tank with the lines but nothing big. I’m glad we found it today and not on race day. That is what Carb Day is for. That’s what happens in these sessions — time flies but we got it in and the Manitowoc car felt great, same as Monday. We got just enough laps to try what we wanted to try and are pretty happy.