Graham Rahal had an extremely strong end to the opening day of on track action at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg as the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver in his No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda as he ended the day in fourth place and was the highest placed Honda powered car.
Speaking following the opening day of action, Rahal commented by saying:
I’m pleased with the performance of the Steak ‘n Shake car there in the end. The guys did a great job getting the changes we needed done over the lunch break and putting us in a pretty good spot. We’ve got a little bit of work to do but all in all we are closing the gap.
Rahal is joined at the team by Indy Lights driver Spencer Pigot who is driving in three Verizon IndyCar races at the moment in the No.16 RLL/Andersen Interior Contracting Honda. The American will compete this weekend and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis as well as the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pigot commented on his opening day of Verizon IndyCar competition by saying:
It was good to be on track in St. Pete getting my first laps around the track in an Indy car. Everything feels pretty good. We tried a few things that we can improve on for tomorrow and hopefully we can move up in the pack. This was a totally different experience for me in an Indy car. The speeds are obviously a lot higher but just the size of the car makes you really feel how close you get to the walls. I’ve got to kind of readjust my distances with the bigger car so that was probably the biggest thing to get used to. Tonight I will study all of the data, look over the video and see where I can improve compared to Graham. I will try and visualize it and come back tomorrow and hopefully put it into action.