Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda felt that the car is not great going into Saturday’s opening Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle as he ended the day in 16th with a time of 01:18.8195s and speaking following the action he said:
The car is just not great. We’re struggling a little bit with the Fifth Third Bank car to get the balance right, and you can see a lot of guys are. We’re 16th, but other than the first few we’re not that far off the rest so it’s one of those things that it looks like a second is a long time but actually around here that’s a few corners that you can make that up. If you look at my delta to Will (Power), it’s literally like three corners where we’re really bad. We’ve got to make these cars a lot better. Takuma looked like he was struggling, me, and Santino; we’ve got to improve and we are going to keep trying our best tonight and come up with some different concepts, go back out there tomorrow and give it our best shot in qualifying and then the race. I think people are going to be very, very tired this weekend. This is going to wear on everybody including the crew guys. The conditions are hot here, it’s really humid, and it’s just sweaty. It’s going to be a tough one
Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic MiJack Honda ended the day in 12th place with a time of 01:18.5177s and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“It’s nice to be back in Detroit. It’s a very hot day, it was quite fun and very physical as well. It was a 75-minute session but it was interrupted by red flags so it was cut really short. I think we felt pretty positive initially with the car but then later on we didn’t get the proper chance to go to the red tires at the right time because of the traffic and etc., etc. So there is a little bit of a worry about it but we need to gather the data from the three cars because we were not very happy with the balance but hopefully we can improve for tomorrow.
Santino Ferrucci in the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda ended the day in 22nd place with a time of 01:19.3407s and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“Practice 1, the only practice, is done. It is very hard to get that lap out there; Detroit is obviously a tight track, and very short. It is way bumpier than I remember but definitely working on the Hy-Vee 45 here with Chester the Cheetah making us quicker, and we will be good for tomorrow’s qualifying and have some fun.