Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda had a really solid opening day to his home event at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course ahead of this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline where he ended the day in fifth place with a time of 01:07.7561s.

Speaking following the action he commented saying:

This place plays a major part as a reason why I fell in love with Indy car racing the way that I did. To be able to come here year after year and see all the Rahal shirts and hats and flags and everything else around here, all the Ohio State stuff; it means the world to my family. Obviously, it all started with my dad and Jim Trueman back in the day and has just continued to evolve. It means the world to us; it’s a special place and to be here on the 4th of July – I’m a very patriotic guy — in particular, it’s a special weekend.
“The Fifth Third Bank car is pretty solid. It’s tricky to get a good lap put together. There are some really slippery parts of the track and then some that have a lot of grip, so you are just trying to find those areas. Overall, I feel good about where we are at. We’re going to keep trying and keep pushing hard here to go quicker tomorrow, find the right moves and make the right changes to go faster. So far so good but we’ve got to keep working on it.”

Santino Ferrucci ended the opening day in 24th place and speaking following the action in the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda he commented saying;

“It’s great to be back in the RLL Hy-Vee Honda here at Mid-Ohio, the home race for the team and it’s nice to be back in an Indy car. The first session was definitely a little rocky for sure and we’ve definitely got a little bit of work to do coming into tomorrow’s practice and qualifying, but we are going to sort the car out and get the Hy-Vee Honda up front

Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic MiJack Honda ended the day in 25th place and speaking following the action he said:

Practice 1 is over for us. It was a short test session. The tires were taking a long time to come up to temperature. Before I did a full lap up to speed, I was off track and had to come into the pit because of that. I need to rely on our teammates data tonight but hopefully tomorrow is a much smoother session.

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