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Final Pre-Season Test Concludes for Rahal and Servia; Cool and Wet Conditions Limit Testing on Day 2 at Barber Open Test
Posted by: newsla on Mar 19, 2014 - 06:20 AM
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Final Pre-Season Test Concludes for Rahal and Servia; Cool and Wet Conditions Limit Testing on Day 2 at Barber Open Test


FINAL PRE-SEASON TEST CONCLUDES FOR RAHAL AND SERVIA; COOL AND WET CONDITIONS LIMIT TESTING ON DAY 2 OF THE INDYCAR PRE-SEASON TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

 

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1) Will Power 1:07.0608 / 123.470 mph (62 laps)
19) Graham Rahal 1:08.0803 / 121.616 mph (60 laps)
22) Oriol Servia 1:08.3943 / 121.063 mph (51 laps)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Pace-wise the day didn’t go quite as planned. I thought we would be more competitive, particularly coming off yesterday. We tried some bigger things today to try to learn a lot more and I think we learned, but unfortunately we didn’t find the pace. But at the end of the day, that’s what testing’s all about. We’re learning and I have all the confidence in the world that we’re going to be taking this thing in the right direction no matter how it looks here and now. Oriol and I both struggled with the same things and that’s why we brought him. We need some help getting this pointed in the right direction and I think he will be very influential in that process.”

FAST FACTS: Rahal, 25, will compete in his eighth season in a major open wheel series and his second full one with RLL. His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 110 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 21 top-five finishes -- including his 2008 win at St. Petersburg -- 49 top-10’s, and led a total of 121 laps. In addition, he won poles at St. Petersburg (street course) and Kansas Speedway (oval) in 2009. Rahal came close to winning again in 2012 as he led the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway before a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place. He finished second again in Long Beach in 2013 and had competitive runs at Iowa, where he won the Heat Race, Sonoma and Baltimore in 2013.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We didn’t finish where we wanted, that’s obvious. Yesterday we only made one run due to different mechanical issues and we were P6. The same thing happened this morning. When we started we were P6, within half a second of the fastest guys, which had all run, so it was looking good but as the track gripped up we just couldn’t progress. We really missed working on the car yesterday. I just couldn’t make the car turn basically. We had a lot of understeer that we couldn’t really dial in. That’s what happens when Indy car racing is so competitive. It’s really my first day of testing and because of our limited running yesterday we really couldn’t try a lot of things as we usually would in a test like this. Because it was raining this morning, it was really a one-afternoon test. That’s all we had and it’s frustrating but we need to understand that we were very limited in the amount of time we had and the things we could try. It was a good warmup. I really like everybody that I worked with and I still have a good feeling that we can figure this out. Every member of this team has done it in the past so I’m sure we can do it again.”

FAST FACTS: Servia, 39, a native of Pals, Spain, has made 191 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000. His Indy car highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of 19 top-three, 51 top-five and 100 top-10 finishes. He competed for the team in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 and was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechanical failure led to his retirement in 26th place.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN 2014… Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing begins their 23rd consecutive season of competition in 2014. Graham Rahal will drive the No. 15 National Guard entry for the full season and Oriol Servia will drive the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry for four events with the intent of adding more as sponsorship details are finalized. Current plans call for Servia to compete in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500.

NEXT UP: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg season-opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series will take place on March 28-30.

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