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2013 Indianapolis Indy 500: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Practice Recap
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2013 - 06:36 PM
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2013 Indianapolis Indy 500: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Practice Recap


RAHAL, JAKES AND JOURDAIN JR. CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS ON THEIR SECOND DAY OF PRACTICE FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

 

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1) Marco Andretti 225.100 mph / 39.9823 54 laps
25) Graham Rahal 220.360 mph / 40.8423 57 laps
30) James Jakes 218.351 mph / 41.2181 114 laps
32) Michel Jourdain Jr. 216.603 mph / 41.5506 47 laps

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We started with a little bit of issues and couldn’t quite get them sorted while we were in the pits so we came back to the garage and found a couple of things. We went back out and immediately the Midas / Big O Tires car was miles and miles better. I think we are probably still conservative compared to others on wing and that sort of thing so I feel pretty good about it. Frankly I wasn’t expecting to go 220 (mph). I thought the maximum we could do at that time with the gears we had was maybe upper 218’s or something. I thought the car was really comfortable in traffic so we’ll keep working on it and getting it better.”

• FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy 500. He ran in the top-five in four of his five previous races here. In 2008, with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he was the highest Indy 500 starter of the Champ Car transitioning teams with his 13th place qualifying effort but made contact on L36 after driving high to avoid the slower car of Lloyd and retired in 33rd place. He qualified fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st. In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qualified seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish. He qualified 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps. In 2012, he qualified 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… This is Rahal’s first full season at RLL, sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series and seventh in a top open wheel racing series (CCWS 2007)... His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th -- also in Long Beach… He is 14th in the series point standings with 74.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a busy day; we got a lot of race work done. We were trying to mileage out our engine as much as possible today and ran 114 laps. We were just trying to get a feel for the Acorn Stairlifts car in traffic and work on race stuff. I’m excited to get back out there tomorrow and finish the mileage off and then we can work on qualifying stuff at the end of the week.”

• FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here. He qualified 17th and finished 15th in 2012. In 2011, he attempted to qualify but the car was not fast enough. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… Jakes is competing in his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL. In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011-2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 11th at Barber and best finish is 12th at Long Beach although he had the potential to finish higher in each race… Is ranked 22nd in series standings with 53 points.


MICHEL JOURDAIN JR, No. 17 Office Depot Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We went out this morning and didn’t have a lot of confidence in the car so we have been making changes to get more confidence in it. I would have liked to start running in traffic a little bit but right now, with how the car is, we don’t have the gears to do that. We learned some things but we still need to make some changes to improve the Office Depot car. I would like to have a better feel in the car but we have a little time.”

• FAST FACTS: Jourdain is making his third attempt at the Indy 500 and second with RLL… His No. 17 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry is sponsored by Office Depot Mexico with associate sponsorship from Grupo Indi and Grupo Multi… He started 22nd in his second Indianapolis 500 race in 2012 and finished 19th with RLL. He was called into a closed pit then penalized with a drive-through which put him one lap down after he ran in the top half of the field mid-race. He qualified eighth and finished 13th in 1996. When he participated in the 2012 Indy 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the site of his first laps behind the wheel of an Indy car since 2004… He made 152 starts in the CART/Champ Car World Series and three in the IRL/IndyCar Series (1996/97 season) between 1996-2004… His highest finish in the IRL/IndyCar Series is second place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1996 and he earned two wins in CART/CCWS in 2003 atMontreal and Milwaukee while driving for Team Rahal… With support from Ford Motor Company, he moved to NASCAR’s Nationwide Series from 2005-2008 and also competed in the Camping World Truck Series in 2006. Since then, he competed in various rally and sports car series.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT INDY … The team’s highest start and finish in the event came in 2004 when Buddy Rice won from pole. In addition, the team has earned a total of four podiums (2nd – Meira 2005; 3rd – Rahal 1994, 1995). The team was in contention to win the race as recent as 2011 when Bertrand Baguette led laps 139-140 and laps 189-197 of the 200 lap race. Had a caution come our before Baguette was forced to pit for a splash of fuel, he might have been the victor. The race ultimately ended under caution when JR Hildebrand crashed on the front straight while in the lead on the final lap… The 2013 race will mark the 16th year for the team in the event. Prior to 2013, the team prepared a total of 28 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992-1995), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Jimmy Vasser (2002-2003), Kenny Brack (2003, 2005), Buddy Rice (2004, 2006; DNC 2005 due to practice crash), Vitor Meira (2004, 2005), Roger Yasakawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012) and Michel Jourdain (2012). TheNo. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts entry forJames Jakes and No. 17 Office Depot entry for Michel Jourdain will bring that total to 31 in 2013.

NEXT UP: Practice will resume tomorrow from 12-6 PM ET. The 97th Indianapolis 500 race will be May 26 and will be televised by ABC at 12 a.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

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