Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal believes that the team need to improve their performance at the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil following a tough race at the Speedway in 2016.
Rahal finished in fifth place in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship having taken one victory at the Texas Motor Speedway by a whisker from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe.
Speaking to IndyCar.com, Rahal commented saying:
We really need to improve at Indy. “That’s our main focus of everything this offseason.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have brought in Alexander Rossi’s Andretti Herta Autosport’s race engineer Tom German who played a instrumental role in Rossi’s Indianapolis 500 victory.
Rahal went on to say:
We brought on Tom German to kind of help out on the engineering front with specialty projects, particularly because Indy was such a struggle. “We really messed up on some aerodynamic testing that we did before. We only did one day of wind tunnel testing and it completely fooled us, and that’s what happened to us at Indy. We just reacted to this one day, and the data points weren’t even correct, and it literally ruined our entire month.
“You know, we were an outlier for the Honda camp by far (at the Indy 500), as far as our aerodynamic settings. We shot ourselves in the foot, and so we just kind of have to reset and Tom will help us do that.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have already confirmed that Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Oriel Servia for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.
The entire Verizon IndyCar Series field will be at Phoenix International Raceway next Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February from 3-6PM and 8-11PM on both days. Saturday’s test is open to the public.