Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Oriol Servia and Graham Rahal were happy with how day 4 of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday.
Oriol Servia in the No.16 Manitowoc Honda ended the day in eighth place having completed 74 laps with a fastest speed of 224.837mph and speaking following the day he commented by saying:
We just focused on ourselves most of the day, just trying to improve the car little by little on my own. There were a couple of areas where we were not too happy which is why we kept pounding laps and we ended up a little happier at the end which is why we decided to do a long run at the end with a group. It was the best long run I ever had as a first long run. Usually you have to work on it and it was pretty good to start. It was encouraging to have another good day. Today we did a lot more laps and it was interesting. There is always that point where there is a bit of a struggle where you are trying to find a solution and you can’t which is part of the work you go through. We kept digging and finally we found something that worked which is what it takes and it feels good to end the day this way.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda ended the day in 21st place and completed 92 laps with a fastest speed of 224.351mph and speaking following the on track action he commented by saying:
We worked on race trim and qualifying sims today. I’m pretty pleased with the qual sims. I would have liked to get my last lap (of four) more consistent because the other three were all within a couple hundredths (of a second) so I would have liked to get that final one a little bit better but overall I feel like we made some good gains. The no tow laps are important going into qualifying this weekend. We didn’t trim out as much as some of those guys and I feel like the Steak ‘n Shake car has got some speed which is definitely nice. Then we worked on some race stuff at the end and I feel pretty comfortable. We have to work on a couple of little things but I feel pretty competitive. Qualifying at Indy is the most nerve racking thing you do all year, for sure.