RAHAL AND PIGOT CONCLUDE FINAL TEST DAY AT SEBRING BEFORE THE SEASON-OPENING FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG RACE
SEBRING, Fla. (March 2, 2016) – Graham Rahal, 27, and rookie teammate Spencer Pigot, 22, completed the final test at Sebring International Raceway before the season-opening Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 13 and were pleased with the results. It was the second consecutive day of testing for Pigot, who was joined today by teammate Rahal.
“I think the test went really well today,” said Rahal. “I’m pleased with what we did. We didn’t run until the very end of the day because obviously the track will continue to improve and be less and less St. Pete like but we did get some good development done today. I’m pleased with what we got done and pleased with where we stand. I think our pace was extremely good. We didn’t use any overtake today and I know a lot of the other Honda cars were so I’m pleased with where we are. Do we have room to improve? Sure we do, we’ve got a lot of room to improve but I feel pretty good and I feel a lot better now than I did when I was leaving the test last year. I’m proud of the guys and the effort they put it. Once again, the car looked great. This is going to be our race car for St. Pete so hopefully it goes fast there. I can’t wait to get the season started.”
Rahal completed 151 laps in the No. 15 Honda-powered entry while Pigot completed 129 for a two day total of 295 laps.
“Today we picked up pretty much from where we left off yesterday and continued to improve,” said Pigot. “We worked on the car more and I worked on things I wanted to improve on and throughout the day we got better and better. Over the next few days, I will go over everything with the engineers and go back through all of the changes and figure out what we really liked and the things we didn’t like so much to put together an optimum setup to start with at St. Pete.”
The 16-race 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins on March 13 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg which will be televised on ABC. For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com.