RAHAL OPENS ST. PETERSBURG RACE WEEKEND SFR Driver Graham Rahal Turns 50 Laps with his Best Time on Lap 46 ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 26, 2010)- Graham Rahal returned for his 3rd time to practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg ...
RAHAL OPENS ST. PETERSBURG RACE WEEKEND
SFR Driver Graham Rahal Turns 50 Laps with his Best Time on Lap 46
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 26, 2010)- Graham Rahal returned for his 3rd time to practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Friday afternoon on the 1.8 mile temporary street course located in downtown St. Petersburg. Rahal turned 50 laps in his No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara with a best lap time of 1:03.3220 on his 46th lap.
"I think overall it was a pretty good day for myself and Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR)," said Rahal, who will also run the No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara at Barber Motorsports Park on April 11. "I think we made some ground up that last session and made the car a little bit better. We've still got a bit of work to do to make it more secure for me and to find some speed for the rest of the weekend, but I feel like we're headed in the right general direction. Now we've just got to own in on what's going to make the car better and faster and keep the tires alive at the same time. We had one really good run on old tires and we went pretty darn quick, so that was good, but there's still a lot of work to be done."
Though it is Rahal's third time here as a driver, this weekend marks Fisher's first time out of the car as solely a team owner. SFR will be making its tenth start in the IZOD IndyCar® Series and first start on the streets of St. Petersburg Sunday afternoon.
"I think every time we go out we learn more and more," said team owner Sarah Fisher, who will begin her 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season at Kansas Speedway on May 1. "You can't say enough for having time on track and learning while trying to mesh a program together. It's our job to match this car to what Graham's driving style is and what he wants from it, so we're trying to do just that. Today was kind of a process of elimination through all of the different changes that we can go to, but I think we'll have a good reference starting for tomorrow's practice session. We have some work to do over night, but we're only three tenths of a second off of P.2, so we're getting there."