Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing completed many laps on the opening day of practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Tuesday. Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda ended the opening day in 14th place with a fastest speed of 223.305MPH and despite a small mechanical issue he was happy with how his day went.
It was really nice to get back in the car on the legendary oval. We had an open test a few weeks ago and we just continued the work and learned quite a few things today. It was quite productive but having said that, the day didn’t go as well as we expected. Hopefully the weather cooperates and it stays dry for the rest of the week because I think we need to work really hard to get this car to go faster because it’s definitely a different type of car due to the aero kit. But I think it was a good, productive first day with three cars gathering data.
Spain’s Oriol Servia will make his 203rd Verizon IndyCar Series start next weekend in what will be his 10th Indianapolis 500 start and his fifth with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Servia ended the opening day with the 22nd fastest speed, a 223.547MPH and speaking following the day of action he said:
It was an interesting first day. We actually had a bit more issues than expected to go through the refresher to our surprise. It was just some small little installation issues, but better to get them out of the way on the first day and have a smooth sailing for the rest of the month. Actually I finished the day really happy. We were able to put in a couple of solid runs. I didn’t get to run much in traffic but the No. 64 Scuderia Corsa has decent speed in each zone and I cannot wait to start running in traffic with my teammates tomorrow. It looks like the weather will let us do the laps that we need so I can’t wait!”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda felt he had a decent opening day as he ended the session in 27th place with a speed of 221.671MPH and speaking following the action he said:
“It was a decent day. We had some ups and downs like you always do at the Speedway. We’ve got some work to do. By no means am I overly concerned though. This morning the United Rentals Honda was the quickest on the no tow chart and that was a good sign. There was a lot to be positive about after that. This afternoon, we weren’t great but everyone will continue to work hard and we’ll be just fine. It’s a long week; hopefully we will get a lot of running in and see how it goes.”