Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham was happy after topping the times in the second session at the Road America circuit on Friday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix.
Rahal who drives the No.15 Gehl /D-A Lubricant Honda suffered a problematic start to his weekend this morning as the team were able to get his car started due to a problem with the chassis communicating with the pitwall.
However the team put those problems firmly behind them in the afternoon as Rahal set a fastest time of 01:43.0224s and speaking following the session, Rahal commented by saying:
It’s nice being fastest but we all know it’s just Friday. We’re really limited on tires so I’m surprised we ended up where we did. We have a set less than everybody else since we weren’t able to run five laps in the first 20 minutes of the first session due to the electronics problem. We had an antenna that is supplied by Cosworth that was faulty. At first we didn’t know that was the problem. When we turned it on, it fried the logger box. Then when we put a new logger box in, the antennae fried it too. Cosworth got it sorted out but we lost 40 minutes of practice time in the first session and didn’t get the extra set of tires. I’m really pleased with our tire usage with everything we faced in the first session. The Gehl / D-A Lubricant car had a good pace but that lap should have been better. I’m a little disappointed in myself because I threw at least a tenth of a second away on the last corner. Well keep our heads down and keep pounding hard to make the car better. It’s awesome to be here at Road America. On the out laps you see all the fans and it’s spectacular. It’s far better than I ever remember a Friday being here. There are people everywhere and we can’t thank IndyCar fans enough. This proves to everyone that has never been here what Road America is all about.