Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda ended the opening day of practice in Detroit in fifth place with a time of 01:16.0757s and speaking following the action he said:

I think we had a decent day today. It seems like the Fifth Third Bank car has good pace. The race is going to be interesting. Qualifying is going to be important but I think there are going to be guys throughout the race that are really going to struggle. The tires seemed to be designed to fall off very quickly.  We’re just going to go out there and see what we get but the car has pace. Tomorrow morning (qualifying) is going to be important and we’ve got to put a good lap together and go racing.”

Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda finished the day in 15th place and speaking following the day he said:

It was a tough day.  Detroit is always a fun place. It’s the bumpiest track in the series and the fans are always very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.  We really want to carry the momentum after the Indy 500 but today the 30 car struggled a bit.  We need to find a new solution and direction. We split the program between the two cars and the 15 car seems to be happier so we have a big job tonight to get the car better

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