Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Verizon IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Monday, May 18, 2015
FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE CARB DAY ENDED EARLY DUE TO A CRASH BUT WAS LATER REINSTATED: SERVIA RAN IN FIRST PRACTICE AND RAHAL RAN IN THE SECOND
1) Simon Pagenaud 225.260 mph 12 laps
5) Oriol Servia 224.356 mph 24 laps
1) Sage Karam 227.831 mph 72 laps
22) Graham Rahal 222.941 mph 54 laps
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “As a driver, a crash like James (Hinchcliffe) had is just something you never want to see. I hope he makes a quick recovery. We had a clutch issue and didn’t get on track before the initial session was stopped when he crashed. Then when we got back out, the conditions were tricky. The car was sliding around a lot but we got a little better there at the end of the session. It’s going to be a tough race. We just need to wait and see what the weather conditions will be like on race day.”
FAST FACTS: Will be his eighth Indy 500 and fourth with RLL. 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 seven previous races here… He is tied for fourth in series point standings with Scott Dixon with a total of 144 and is only 27 points out of first place (Juan Pablo Montoya, 177).
ORIOL SERVIA, No. 32 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The car was honestly almost too good. It was one of those days that the conditions were ideal and race day it’s probably not going to be like that. It will be a lot hotter on race day but the car felt really strong. We didn’t get many laps in but I am very, very happy. I’m looking forward to Carb Day and race day for the Indy 500. It’s not good when something breaks and when somebody gets hurt. I hope James (Hinchcliffe) has a quick recovery.”
FAST FACTS: Will be his seventh Indy 500 and third with RLL. His best finish here is fourth in 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and best start in 2011 with Newman/Haas Racing.
NEXT UP: Carb Day practice will take place Friday from 11:00-12:00.