Selective Running for Rahal and Servia on Fast Friday; Ready for First Day of Qualifying for the Indy 500

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Verizon IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, May 15, 2015

1) Simon Pagenaud 230.698 mph 48 laps
17) Graham Rahal 228.977 mph 16 laps
19) Oriol Servia 228.878 mph 15 laps

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We didn’t run much today, we were just trying out some qualifying simulation stuff. It was so hot, and windy, and sunny which is the big thing so the track temperature was pretty high. I think it was a pretty tricky day to be out there and we ended up calling it a day early just because we didn’t want to confuse ourselves too much before tomorrow. The Steak ‘n Shake car has been competitive all week. I feel like we are right in the hunt as far as being the top Honda. I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and seeing what we can do.”

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: “We had a good first qualifying simulation run and the car felt really solid. We just didn’t want to mess it up and only ran a little bit because we think tomorrow is going to be similar temperatures in the morning so we know what we have for then. Now we’re going to do all of that special stuff that nobody else knows that we’re doing, to prepare for tomorrow.”

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: Practice will take place tomorrow from 8:00-10:00 in split groups as well as combined. Qualifying will take place from 11:00-5:50 p.m. ET. ABC will air coverage from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET.