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2014 Indianapolis 500: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Wednesday Practice Recap
Posted by: newsla on May 15, 2014 - 01:39 PM
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2014 Indianapolis 500: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Wednesday Practice Recap


1) Simon Pagenaud 226.122 mph 36 laps
24) Oriol Servia 222.780 mph 33 laps
25) Graham Rahal 222.152 mph 33 laps

 

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OVERALL: Intermittent light showers prevented running on a dry track until approximately 5:15 p.m. EST so the series extended the session to 7 p.m. Light rain returned at approx. 6:20 and the session ended.

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a short day. I didn’t think we were going out today but we got lucky. I hope we get lucky Thursday too. I think we’ve got a lot to work on. I was pretty optimistic the first couple of laps; I thought the car was pretty good but we just never really gained anything from there. Now its time to start digging deep and figure out what it is. Both of our cars did the same speed. We’ve got to find more and keep working hard.”

· FAST FACTS: Will be his seventh Indy 500… His best qualifying position in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 after he led six laps… He ran in the top-five in four of his six 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… In 2013, he qualified 26th and pitted from ninth place for his second to last stop and his outside rear tire changer had a mechanical problem and Rahal returned to the track in 21st place. He was in 17th with eight laps to go and lost control of his car in Turn 2 and made contact with the wall… His Indy car highlights include a win (2008) and pole (2009) in St. Petersburg.


ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I went for a long run in the morning and caught up on some emails during the rain delay. The engineers were working and honestly, sometimes a day like this is a good time to catch up and analyze what you have done. If not you just keep testing and testing and its hard to really analyze everything you test. We will take the last day and a half of rain but now we are ready to get back at it. We just did a couple of runs and the car felt good. It was almost just a reset of the setup but now we want to try more things. Its all good, we keep improving.”

· FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy 500 race here and second with RLL at this track... His best finish is fifth in 2011 and best start is third the same season with Newman/Haas Racing… In 2013 he drove for Panther/DRR where he started 13th, ran as high as fifth and finished 11th… In 2012, he drove for DRR where he qualified 27th and finished fourth… In 2011 he started on the front row (third) with Newman/Haas Racing. He was on pole until the final two qualifiers made their attempts. In the race, he led 18 laps and stayed in the lead pack the entire race to contend for the win in the last 50 laps but the fuel strategy of others limited his finish to a disappointing sixth place… Was running 10th in the 2009 race with Rahal Letterman Racing when a fuel pressure problem forced him to retire after 98/200 laps. He qualified 25th and retired in 26th… Ran as high as eighth and finished 11th in 2008 with KV Racing after he qualified 25th… His Indy car highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005).


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 2014 race will mark the 17th year for the team in the event. Prior to 2014, the team prepared a total of 30 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 Yasukawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010 and 2013), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012), Michel Jourdain (2012) and James Jakes (2013).

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