Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 HyVee Honda says that the car rolled off competitive as he ended the opening day of practice at Road America ahead of Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix where he ended the day in fifth place and speaking following the action he said:

A brief Day 1 has come to a close here at Road America. The HyVee car rolled off competitive, we were P4 most of the session and ended up fifth due to some guys putting new tires on at the end and we did not on the HyVee machine. The boys have done an excellent job prepping this car getting this car ready to go. We feel good, we feel competitive, but the track is a major trick this weekend, already we can tell the grip is way off of what we’ve ever felt here before. The tire is supposed to be the same as last year, however the degradation is even worse than it was last year. The deg is one lap, or one to two laps and the tires are gone so it’s going to be a huge challenge this weekend but I’m looking forward to it, and looking forward to seeing what we can do. I’m going to hang on out there and try and get this Hy-Vee car up front.

Takuma Satoin the No.30 MiJack Honda spoke following the session where he finished in 13th place and speaking following the action he said:

“It’s good to be back at Road America one of the most challenging tracks in the United States. I think the session was okay, it’s quite a short session and we did probably four runs, with one set of tires and it’s always difficult.  It seems like quite a big drop off (on the tire). The first outing was the best lap time, but then we gathered quite good data (for qualifying and the race) and we need to look at the balance and stability which is the most challenging for this track so hopefully tomorrow will be better.  Today was so-so.

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