Rahal Letteman Lanigan Racing head into this weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Spencer Pigot returning to the No.16 Honda for the first time since the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and has a great record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course having taken two pole positions here and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Pigot commented by saying:
The IMS road course hasn’t been great to me in the past,” “We’ve been quick but always seem to get caught up in a turn one incident so hopefully that trend stops this year. I enjoy the layout of the track. It has some tricky sections that require patience and precision. There are a few good passing places as well which should make for an exciting race.
Pigot went on to say:
I’m very excited for my second IndyCar race, Now that I have an idea of what to expect during an IndyCar race weekend, I think I’ll be much better prepared. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the team at the races since St. Pete, picking their brains and learning as much as I can.
Graham Rahal who back with Steak N’Shake as his primary sponsor commented ahead of this weekend’s race by saying:
The race last year was interesting, We struggled in qualifying but due to the first corner mess I was able to get into sixth place on the start. After that it was work as usual and trying to get by everyone with strategy and some passes. Luckily we were able to do both and it worked out great! We have been very solid on road and street courses this season and I think we are only scratching the surface. We will continue to work hard and see what we can gain. The track is similar to Barber which is why I expect to be good. The main difference is there are no elevation changes and a little bit faster speeds! (On expectations for the ALGPI:) To run up front and be very competitive, that’s what I expect everywhere now. I love being here and love racing in Indy. I can’t wait.”
Rahal heads into this weekend’s race following a fantastic second place finish last time out at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
The start to last season and this season are seemingly identical. I would have loved better results this year, and frankly feel the team deserves them, but due to my mistakes in Long Beach and bad luck in St. Pete we have found ourselves in a similar position. I think this weekend will be key for a good kick off to our month of May. The track is tricky because it’s all pretty high speed so you have to have a very neutral balance to be fast. But to do that and not kill the tires is hard. So it will be interesting to see how it works out for us this year.