RLLR Toronto PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, June 12, 2015

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place

Verizon IndyCar Series

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, June 12, 2015


FASTEST:      Juan Pablo Montoya   1:00.6343 / 104.198 mph

8th:                  Graham Rahal            1:00.9330 / 103.688 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Rousseau Metal Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We had a really good start to the day today. I thought the Rousseau Metal car was really good. I don’t think we got the ultimate time out of it but we were still the fastest Honda and right up there in the mix so I’m pretty pleased. I obviously wish we would have gotten the second session in but the weather didn’t cooperate. We have seen a lot of rain this year unfortunately but the weather looks good for the next couple of days so I’m excited to get back out there.  The track was rough but really similar to previous years so hopefully we can get back out there and continue to improve, have a good qualifying session and good race.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his ninth Indy car race here and 10th overall including his 2006 Atlantic race… In eight Indy car races, his best Toronto start is third in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and his best finish is fifth in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing.  More detail on each start is available upon request… His best finish this season is second place at Barber and the Indy GP and best start isfifth in Detroit Race 2 which was based on Entrant Points. He qualified sixth in Texas. He has a total of three podium finishes this season with a third place at Detroit Race 2… Of the seven road and street races so far this season, Rahal has run in the top-five in all but two and has finished on the podium in three of the past four… Rahal is ranked fifth in series point standings with a total of 261. He trails fourth place Castroneves by 25 (286), third place Scott Dixon by 44 points (305), and second place Will Power by 52 (313) after Round 9 of 16.

RLL AT TOROTO: The Honda Indy Toronto will mark the 16th year of Indy car racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here and fourth since 2003.  The team also competed in the Atlantic Series races here in 2003 and 2004.  The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal.  Prior to the 2015 event, the team prepared a total of 28 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013 x 2; 2014 x2), James Jakes (2013 x 2) and Luca Filippi (2014 x2). The team also prepared three Toyota Atlantic entries (Danica Patrick 2003-2004; Chris Festa 2004).  The team has earned FIVE podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 17 top-10 finishes at the track.  The No. 15 Rousseau Metal entry for Graham Rahal will bring the Indy car total to 29 entries in 2015.

NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 10:40-11:25 a.m. ET and qualifying will begin at 2:30 and will be televised on NBCSN beginning at 5 p.m. ET.  Streaming video and Timing and Scoring information is available for all practice sessions fromwww.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network. Timing and Scoring information for qualifying is also available live with commentary.