'It's very easy to make a mistake' at Barber Motorsports Park
Rahal Letterman Lanigan has entered the No. 15 National Guard Honda-Dallara car for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda-Dallara car for Oriol Servia (shown above) for this weekend's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. It's the third race in the season so far.
Here's what Graham Rahal and Oriol Servia have to say:
Rahal on Barber and preparation since the open tire test at the track: “I think that we will show up to Barber and be very competitive. We will certainly be changing a lot from when we tested there but with some of the things we have found lately, I feel very positive about the upcoming races. Barber should be fun. I have been fast there before so I hope we can get back on track (performance-wise) there. It’s a difficult course because it has a lot of very high speed corners, and several really slow ones. It’s hard to get a good balance out of the car on both of those parts of the track. It’s a difficult track to tackle, but I feel that with the team we have we can do that. My favorite part is the back section of the track and it is extremely tricky. There are a lot of really high-speed, high (G-force) load, very physical corners and that is difficult. It’s very easy to make a mistake. I would say that not only is it my favorite, but it’s probably the hardest part of the track.”
Servia on Barber and the race: “My first time at Barber was my best so far. Back in 2011 with Newman/Haas we were very competitive the whole weekend and qualified in the top-six and finished fifth. The next year with DRR we showed up with the Lotus engine which, to put it in good words didn't really perform as desired but we still did a decent job by passing 13 cars in the race and finishing 13th. Last year, unfortunately in the first lap I got caught in a first lap incident also involving my now team mate Graham Rahal and had to come in to change the front wing and was basically never able to get back to the front. I hope we can make this year my best showing yet at one the most beautiful tracks in the country.”
Rahal on the season so far: “It has been and up and down season so far. We have shown pace at times and struggled at others. I do feel though following the Long Beach race that we have found something that could help us for the remainder of the season. I feel the potential is huge, and I look forward to what is to come. (On gaining positions on race starts and throughout the events:) It shows we have the race craft and the pace to be up front, but we must qualify better. In St. Pete I made a huge mistake and I think Long Beach we simply struggled. Again though, when it comes time to race we can run with anyone.”
Servia on Long Beach: “It feels great to have a race weekend underneath us. So much intensity from everybody in the team gets put in during a race weekend that no amount of testing can ever truly make you advance like a race does. With that being said, I feel we did a huge amount of work at Long Beach and I feel 10 steps ahead of where we were 15 days ago. We tried all types of setup in the car searching for extra grip that would make Graham and me happy with the car performance and by race day we both ended up extremely satisfied with it. In terms of pure results we had a decent showing, 12th in qualifying and seventh in the race is not too bad considering the little prep we had before the race. But in all honesty we want a lot more than that.”
Rahal Letterman Lanigan