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CARB DAY PRACTICE CONCLUDES WITH SATO, SERVIA AND RAHAL MAKING PROGRESS ON RACE CAR SET UP; READY FOR SUNDAY’S 102ND INDY 500

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Verizon IndyCar Series CARB DAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 25, 2018   CARB DAY PRACTICE CONCLUDES WITH SATO, SERVIA AND RAHAL MAKING PROGRESS ON RACE CAR SET UP; READY FOR SUNDAY’S 102ND INDY 500   1)         Tony Kanaan             227.791 mph              38 laps                        6)         Takuma Sato             224.083 mph              38 laps…

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SEEMAN HOLTZ TO BE ASSOCIATE SPONSOR OF REIGNING INDY 500 CHAMPION TAKUMA SATO’S ENTRY FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 25, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty, Inc., a leading distributor of insurance, will be an associate sponsor on the No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic entry for reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27.  Sato aims to…

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THE FIELD IS SET FOR THE 102ND RUNNING OF THE INDY 500; SATO 16TH, SERVIA 26TH AND RAHAL 30TH

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Verizon IndyCar Series QUALIFYING DAY 2 NOTES/QUOTES – May 20, 2018 THE FIELD IS SET FOR THE 102ND RUNNING OF THE INDY 500; SATO 16TH, SERVIA 26TH AND RAHAL 30TH 1st:          Ed Carpenter                        4-lap avg. speed of 229.618 mph    (L1: 230.088, L2: 229.808, L3: 229.519, L4:…

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A Challenging Day Ends With Sato, Rahal and Servia Locked in the Indy 500 Field Between Positions 10-33; Final Order Set Sunday

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

QUALIFYING DAY 1 NOTES/QUOTES – May 19, 2018

A CHALLENGING DAY ENDS WITH SATO, RAHAL AND SERVIA LOCKED IN THE FIELD FOR THE 102ND RUNNING OF THE INDY 500 BETWEEN POSITIONS 10 AND 33; FINAL ORDER SET SUNDAY 

1st:          Helio Castroneves              4-lap avg. speed of 228.919 mph    (L1: 228.740, L2: 229.108, L3: 229.080, L4: 228.749)

29th:       Takuma Sato                        4-lap avg. speed of 225.513 mph    (L1: 226.371, L2: 225.786, L3: 224.135, L4: 225.771)

30th:       Graham Rahal                     4-lap avg. speed of 225.407 mph    (L1: 225.337, L2: 225.399, L3: 225.372, L4: 225.518)

31st:       Oriol Servia                           4-lap avg. speed of 225.007 mph    (L1: 225.442, L2: 225.236, L3: 225.440, L4: 223.916)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We’re in the show and that’s probably as much as I can ask for. We get to go racing.  Obviously we have our work cut out for us back where we are but it’s a long race and anything can happen.  We will finish it up tomorrow to get our final starting position.  Most of all I can’t thank these guys enough.  The 15 car, the 30 car and the 64 car guys stayed so late last night to help get everything swapped over.  We changed cars, changed engines, gearboxes, uprights and literally built a new car start to finish. They were here until 3:30 AM and were back here at 5:30. The work and effort that was put in is pretty much appreciated and I am honored to work with them.  These United Rentals guys have no quit in them. Sure we’d like to qualify 10th tomorrow but, realistically, if we can sneak up to 20th and just hit everything just right that would be ideal.  Race day is the important one for the United Rentals team.  I’m just happy to be in the show right now!”

  • FAST FACTS: He made two qualifying attempts with the first one being the fastest.  The second one was approx. 15 minutes before the end of the session. Will be his 11th 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 six of his nine previous races here. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from being tied for third in the standings to sixth with 142 points, only 10 out of third place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “First of all, I’m glad that Oriol made it after a great save. It was a tough day for all of us.  Obviously we are not satisfied at all with where we are.  I particularly couldn’t enjoy the lap which was disappointing. (On the problem with his third lap:) I had a little moment, so I had to really lift. It’s tough. The track conditions were not necessarily good, but we are lacking speed, for sure. I ended up lifting off the throttle because I simply couldn’t make the corner. We have a lot of work to be done. We gathered a lot of data over three cars and it’s going to be a long night. Our engineers are working so hard. Hopefully we can put up good lap times tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Reigning winner of the 2017 Indy 500.  The 2018 race will be his ninth Indy 500 and second with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. Prior to his 2017 win with Andretti from his best start of fourth place, his highest finish was 13th in 2013 and 2015 – both with A.J. Foyt Racing… Has TWO IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval) and SEVEN poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval).  He is 13th in series point standings with 90 points.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 64 Scuderia Corsa / Manitowoc Dallara/Honda/Firestone, entered by Scuderia Corsa with RLL:  “It has been probably the biggest roller coaster of my life, just today. We started today’s free practice, eight in the morning, the track was green. The car has been the best it’s been all month. It was perfect. And then we went out in qualifying and I almost crashed in lap one. Thankfully we saved it, came in. We made some changes and we thought we would be pretty solid in the show.  We didn’t take any risks and put some downforce back in the car, just to make the show. I went out and the car was as awful as the other attempt. We really don’t know what’s going on. We are going to spend a lot of time looking at the car, but it’s one of those days that’s Indy drama. I was just talking yesterday of how sad it would be, 35 great entries this year and 2 will go home. But that is the drama we were all waiting for, Bump Day. And all of a sudden, there I am thinking it’s going to be me! That is how the day went, we were 33rd and the car was still not right and why? We still don’t know why. We are a great team with Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Scuderia Corsa, Honda, we had all the right ingredients to not only be in the race but challenge for pole. And we almost didn’t make it and that just tells you how challenging this race can be. I would have said this morning we have a shot at Top 9 but I almost didn’t make it. But you saw, Hinchcliffe, my ex-teammate, was on pole position two years ago, not 10, two. And he didn’t make the show today. It just shows how competitive it is, all just trying to find a fine edge. Some people were afraid this car would be maybe easier to drive than last year but obviously we showed it’s not. You have guys in total control and next run you try something and you’re completely off. It’s part of the challenge. We just need to dig in on the data and set up and do it a little bit better than today. But I am super pumped and happy that Scuderia Corsa decided to do the race and decided to do it with me and RLL (which is a group I have worked with in the past) and I would have been so sad for myself but disappointed that the one time they decide to come and we couldn’t make the race. It would have been awful. I am very happy we are in and that we have a great team behind. I know we will have a great car. They are going to enjoy the race and leave this place with a great taste in their mouths. We definitely gave good drama. We told them the 500 is not just May 27th, qualifying and Bump Day usually have its own drama. They definitely felt it and will sleep well like I will tonight!”

  • FAST FACTS: He made three qualifying attempts, the first two of which were aborted… The 2018 Indy 500 will be Servia’s 10th in the famed race and fifth with RLL. His best finish overall is fourth in 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold and best start is third in 2011 with Newman/Haas Racing.  In the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with RLL, Servia was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechanical failure led to his retirement in 26th place.  In 2014, he competed for the team in Long Beach, at Barber Motorsports Park and two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he led seven laps in the road course race but finished 12th, qualified 18th for the Indy 500 and finished 11th.  In 2015, Servia retired in 29th place from the Indy 500 with RLL after Ed Carpenter attempted an inside pass while Servia was 15th and took both drivers out of the race after 112 of 200 laps… A native of Pals, Spain, Servia has made 202 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000.  His Indy car highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of 19 top-three, 51 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes.

NEXT UP: Final qualifying will take place tomorrow.  Practice will take place from 12-2 and qualifying will take place from 12:45-2:45 p.m. ET.  ABC will broadcast the action from 4-6 PM ET.

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Servia Was Fourth Fastest on Fast Friday; Sato and Rahal Were 24th and 33rd Respectively

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

FAST FRIDAY PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 18, 2018

SERVIA WAS FOURTH FASTEST ON FAST FRIDAY; SATO AND RAHAL WERE 24TH AND 33RD RESPECTIVELY 

1)         Marco Andretti          231.802 mph              31 laps                       

4)         Oriol Servia               230.247 mph             40 laps

24)       Takuma Sato             227.782 mph              44 laps

33)       Graham Rahal           226.811 mph             54 laps

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a tough day for us. We’ve got a lot of work to do.  We don’t seem to have the pace.  We’re trying everything we can possibly but we’re just not quite there yet.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th 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 six of his nine previous races here. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from being tied for third in the standings to sixth with 142 points, only 10 out of third place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Fast Friday is always exciting. You go five or six miles per hour faster on average with higher boost suddenly  The corner you are looking at is suddenly tighter but I love this kind of sensation of speed and trying to work specifically only for the speed. We used multiple sets of new tires, made short runs for qualifying and we’re still not satisfied with our speed relatively but we made good progress. We will see all the data tonight and hopefully it will all come together for qualifying.”

  • FAST FACTS: Reigning winner of the 2017 Indy 500.  The 2018 race will be his ninth Indy 500 and second with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. Prior to his 2017 win with Andretti from his best start of fourth place, his highest finish was 13th in 2013 and 2015 – both with A.J. Foyt Racing… Has TWO IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval) and SEVEN poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval).  He is 13th in series point standings with 90 points.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 64 Scuderia Corsa / Manitowoc Dallara/Honda/Firestone, entered by Scuderia Corsa with RLL:  “Fast Friday has come and gone. The day goes quicker than you want. We still had a couple things to try for tomorrow’s qualifying but I am pretty pleased. We finished fourth fastest with a little bit of tow on that lap. So right now, I think if we make everything right, tomorrow we may have a shot at Top 9. But again we have to get everything perfect in the four laps. If not, we may be just missing that line. We still have a lot of data to look at overnight and try to make a good guess for tomorrow. The weather should be good enough for at least letting everyone try a couple attempts. So hopefully we get everything right and make that top 9 for qualifying!”

  • FAST FACTS: The 2018 Indy 500 will be Servia’s 10th in the famed race and fifth with RLL. His best finish overall is fourth in 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold and best start is third in 2011 with Newman/Haas Racing.  In the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with RLL, Servia was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechanical failure led to his retirement in 26th place.  In 2014, he competed for the team in Long Beach, at Barber Motorsports Park and two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he led seven laps in the road course race but finished 12th, qualified 18th for the Indy 500 and finished 11th.  In 2015, Servia retired in 29th place from the Indy 500 with RLL after Ed Carpenter attempted an inside pass while Servia was 15th and took both drivers out of the race after 112 of 200 laps… A native of Pals, Spain, Servia has made 202 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000.  His Indy car highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of 19 top-three, 51 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes.

NEXT UP: Day 1 of qualifications will take place tomorrow.  Practice will take place from 8-9:30 and qualifying will take place from 11-5:50 p.m. ET.  ABC will broadcast the action from 4-6 PM ET.

Rahal Led Practice Day 3 for the Indy 500; Servia and Sato Faced a Few Challenges

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 17, 2018

 

RAHAL LED PRACTICE DAY 3 FOR THE INDY 500; SERVIA AND SATO FACED A FEW CHALLENGES 

1)         Graham Rahal           226.047 mph             102 laps

16)       Oriol Servia               223.641 mph             62 laps

33)       Takuma Sato             221.776 mph              89 laps

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Today was definitely a better day for sure. From the get-go, I knew that yesterday we didn’t put in any effort to actually put in a decent lap. I found myself all day yesterday in the middle of the pack. It’s impossible to put up a number from that position. So there was a lot of reason and motivation to go and try to put together a decent one today. It was obviously our second lap. I went out and was trying to do a qualifying simulation. I just went out, a bunch of guys came out. Stefan Wilson came out in front of me. He was at the end of the back straight as I was going out of two. I thought, for once I’m just going to do this, just stay in it. Not normally my MO, but I thought I might as well put a good one up there, at least lower my dad’s blood pressure for the night, Lanigan and everybody. It was a solid run. We tried another qual sim. Every qual sim I did today everybody came out in front of me. I didn’t get a qual sim today. Not a single one. Hopefully Mother Nature will be nice to us tomorrow.For sure today was, in the end, a very good day. We had the car. We showed that it had the pace, number one. Number two, at the end of the day we found and made some big strides with our racecar. That’s more what I was focused on. But that last run, that was by far the best I have felt. Obviously there’s a lot of cars out there, a bunch of people, it was by far the best that I have felt in traffic to this point. I felt a lot stronger than a good amount of guys that I was around. It’s still hard to pass when you’re 20th and 15th in line. This car, it’s very disruptive back there. The last car was, too. I think it’s going to go out there and race just fine. Today was definitely a good day for us overall just to make a huge step forward in a lot of phases of it. We can all rest a little bit easier. For tomorrow we’ve been scratching our heads like crazy. Everybody has been nervous. Everybody has been trying a hundred different things. I have to say Takuma and Oriol have been extremely influential and beneficial to our program. It’s great to have three guys that have so much experience around this place. I can guarantee you that come Monday, we’ll be much better off from a racing perspective than where we are even today.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th 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 six of his nine previous races here. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from being tied for third in the standings to sixth with 142 points, only 10 out of third place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We did a qualifying sim, four short ones actually. One was reasonably successful and the other three I had to abort due to the balance of the car. We were struggling to find speed on qualifying simulation to find any speed. And then in later afternoon, we went back to the race trim and carried over the positives from yesterday and I felt that was good but today turned out to be a really difficult day. I struggled a lot with grip, speed, balance. We will have a look at the data. Tomorrow will be a completely different day. We bump up the boost which I’m quite excited about but before that I think we need to really understand what happened today.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Reigning winner of the 2017 Indy 500.  The 2018 race will be his ninth Indy 500 and second with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. Prior to his 2017 win with Andretti from his best start of fourth place, his highest finish was 13th in 2013 and 2015 – both with A.J. Foyt Racing… Has TWO IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval) and SEVEN poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval).  He is 13th in series point standings with 90 points.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 64 Scuderia Corsa / Manitowoc Dallara/Honda/Firestone, entered by Scuderia Corsa with RLL:  “We really didn’t have the day we planned, in the sense, that for the afternoon session we had a lot of things we wanted to try, but we didn’t have a chance to. The morning session went really well. We did a couple of good, solid runs on our own to start getting the set up for qualifying so that was good. But then in the afternoon we had a couple of little mechanical issues that kept us from being on track. Luckily our teammates were out there doing a lot of laps and doing some testing for us so we should gather all the information with all the engineers, and I’m sure we will put the best package together. The important thing is its only Thursdaytomorrow is Fast FridayTomorrow will be a really good indication of where we stand in terms of our own speed for qualifying. I think we should be in decent shape.”

  • FAST FACTS: The 2018 Indy 500 will be Servia’s 10th in the famed race and fifth with RLL. His best finish overall is fourth in 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold and best start is third in 2011 with Newman/Haas Racing.  In the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with RLL, Servia was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechanical failure led to his retirement in 26th place.  In 2014, he competed for the team in Long Beach, at Barber Motorsports Park and two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he led seven laps in the road course race but finished 12th, qualified 18th for the Indy 500 and finished 11th.  In 2015, Servia retired in 29th place from the Indy 500 with RLL after Ed Carpenter attempted an inside pass while Servia was 15th and took both drivers out of the race after 112 of 200 laps… A native of Pals, Spain, Servia has made 202 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000.  His Indy car highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of 19 top-three, 51 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes.

NEXT UP: Fast Friday practice will take place from 11-6 p.m. ET tomorrow.

Practice Day 2 for the Indy 500 Came With Mixed Results; Sato and Servia in Top-10

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 16, 2018

PRACTICE DAY 2 FOR THE INDY 500 FOR SATO, SERVIA AND RAHAL CAME WITH MIXED RESULTS; SATO AND SERVIA IN TOP-10

1)         Marco Andretti          227.053 mph             117 laps

3)         Takuma Sato             226.108 mph              112 laps

9)         Oriol Servia               224.934 mph             115 laps

34)       Graham Rahal           222.102 mph             78 laps

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It wasn’t a great day obviously. The car isn’t very close so we will keep working on it.  We spent the first few hours working on qualifying sims (simulations) and did two of them. So we knew that early in our day was committed to that but certainly it wasn’t the finish to the day that we were looking for.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th 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 six of his nine previous races here. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from being tied for third in the standings to sixth with 142 points, only 10 out of third place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I would say it was a very productive day. Mid-day we were struggling a little bit in terms of balance but we were trying to find new philosophies. In the end, in the evening I think we were finally able to do a quite-good run in the pack which was quite encouraging. Still there are a few bits and pieces we need to get sorted because I had a huge moment in traffic. But I think it was a very good day with the three of us working together. We’ll be heads down the next two days and do our jobs and hopefully keep climbing up the chart and make the car faster.”

  • FAST FACTS: Reigning winner of the 2017 Indy 500.  The 2018 race will be his ninth Indy 500 and second with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. Prior to his 2017 win with Andretti from his best start of fourth place, his highest finish was 13th in 2013 and 2015 – both with A.J. Foyt Racing… Has TWO IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval) and SEVEN poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval).  He is 13th in series point standings with 90 points.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 64 Scuderia Corsa / Manitowoc Dallara/Honda/Firestone, entered by Scuderia Corsa with RLL:  “Well today is only Wednesday, there is still a lot to accomplish but it was definitely a way better day than yesterday. We did a couple of runs completely alone this morning to check our balance towards qualifying and we were quite pleased with the car. Towards the end of the day we did more runs in traffic to see how the car will be in race conditions and we are still not as happy as we want to be on race day but we are definitely making gains. The car is pretty good and no worse than anyone out there. I would say we are a Top-10 car right now. We obviously are aiming higher than that and still have a few days to keep working on our goal. I’m looking forward to tomorrow!”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 203rd Indy car start… The 2018 Indy 500 will be Servia’s 10th in the famed race and fifth with RLL. His best finish overall is fourth in 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold and best start is third in 2011 with Newman/Haas Racing.  In the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with RLL, Servia was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechanical failure led to his retirement in 26th place.  In 2014, he competed for the team in Long Beach, at Barber Motorsports Park and two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he led seven laps in the road course race but finished 12th, qualified 18th for the Indy 500 and finished 11th.  In 2015, Servia retired in 29th place from the Indy 500 with RLL after Ed Carpenter attempted an inside pass while Servia was 15th and took both drivers out of the race after 112 of 200 laps… A native of Pals, Spain, Servia has made 202 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000.  His Indy car highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of 19 top-three, 51 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes.

NEXT UP: Practice will take place from 11-6 p.m. ET tomorrow.

Rahal, Sato and Servia Turned Many Laps on Opening Day for the 102nd Running of the Indy 500

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

OPENING DAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 15, 2018

RAHAL, SATO AND SERVIA TURNED MANY LAPS ON OPENING DAY FOR THE 102ND RUNNING OF THE INDY 500

1)         Simon Pagenaud      225.787 mph  Practice 1

14)       Takuma Sato             223.305 mph  Practice 2

22)       Oriol Servia               223.547 mph  Practice 2

27)       Graham Rahal           221.671 mph  Practice 2

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a decent day. We had some ups and downs like you always do at the Speedway. We’ve got some work to do.  By no means am I overly concerned though. This morning the United Rentals Honda was the quickest on the no tow chart and that was a good sign.  There was a lot to be positive about after that. This afternoon, we weren’t great but everyone will continue to work hard and we’ll be just fine. It’s a long week; hopefully we will get a lot of running in and see how it goes.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th 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 six of his nine previous races here. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from being tied for third in the standings to sixth with 142 points, only 10 out of third place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was really nice to get back in the car on the legendary oval. We had an open test a few weeks ago and we just continued the work and learned quite a few things today. It was quite productive but having said that, the day didn’t go as well as we expected. Hopefully the weather cooperates and it stays dry for the rest of the week because I think we need to work really hard to get this car to go faster because it’s definitely a different type of car due to the aero kit. But I think it was a good, productive first day with three cars gathering data.”

  • FAST FACTS: Reigning winner of the 2017 Indy 500.  The 2018 race will be his ninth Indy 500 and second with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. Prior to his 2017 win with Andretti from his best start of fourth place, his highest finish was 13th in 2013 and 2015 – both with A.J. Foyt Racing… Has TWO IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval) and SEVEN poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval).  He is 13th in series point standings with 90 points.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 64 Scuderia Corsa Dallara/Honda/Firestone, entered by Scuderia Corsa with RLL:  “It was an interesting first day.  We actually had a bit more issues than expected to go through the refresher to our surprise. It was just some small little installation issues, but better to get them out of the way on the first day and have a smooth sailing for the rest of the month. Actually I finished the day really happy.  We were able to put in a  couple of solid runs. I didn’t get to run much in traffic but the No. 64 Scuderia Corsa has decent speed in each zone and I cannot wait to start running in traffic with my teammates tomorrow. It looks like the weather will let us do the laps that we need so I can’t wait!”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 203rd Indy car start… The 2018 Indy 500 will be Servia’s 10th in the famed race and fifth with RLL. His best finish overall is fourth in 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold and best start is third in 2011 with Newman/Haas Racing.  In the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with RLL, Servia was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechanical failure led to his retirement in 26th place.  In 2014, he competed for the team in Long Beach, at Barber Motorsports Park and two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he led seven laps in the road course race but finished 12th, qualified 18th for the Indy 500 and finished 11th.  In 2015, Servia retired in 29th place from the Indy 500 with RLL after Ed Carpenter attempted an inside pass while Servia was 15th and took both drivers out of the race after 112 of 200 laps… A native of Pals, Spain, Servia has made 202 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000.  His Indy car highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of 19 top-three, 51 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes.

NEXT UP: Practice will take place from 11-6 p.m. ET tomorrow.

INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis – RACE NOTES/QUOTES – May 12, 2018

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis Verizon IndyCar Series RAHAL AND SATO FINISHED NINTH AND TENTH IN THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We had a pretty good car on the reds and were able to get the United Rentals machine up to…

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SATO AND RAHAL TO START 11TH AND 17TH IN THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis Verizon IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 11, 2018  1)         Will Power                 1:09.8182 / 125.761 mph       (Group 2, Round 3) 11)       Takuma Sato             1:10.1979 / 125.081 mph       (Group 2, Round 2) 17)       Graham Rahal           1:10.3605 / 124.792 mph       (Group 1, Round 1)   GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United…

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