RAHAL SEEKS CONSISTENCY IN THE CAR, PREPARES FOR QUALIFICATIONS SFR Driver Graham Rahal Turns 45 Laps During Today's Practice with his Best Time on Lap 34 BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 9, 2010)- Graham Rahal returned to Barber Motorsports Park, after ...
RAHAL SEEKS CONSISTENCY IN THE CAR, PREPARES FOR QUALIFICATIONS
SFR Driver Graham Rahal Turns 45 Laps During Today's Practice with his Best Time on Lap 34
BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 9, 2010)- Graham Rahal returned to Barber Motorsports Park, after testing here just a few weeks ago, Friday afternoon to practice for the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on the 17-turn, 2.38 mile permanent road course located on the eastern fringes of Birmingham. Rahal turned 45 laps in his No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara with a best lap time of 01:12.4357 on his 34th lap.
"Overall it was quite a challenging day for us," said Rahal. "We really struggled this morning and tried to improve as much as we could this afternoon. I think we got closer, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I feel like we're headed in the right direction, it's just taking a lot of effort to get there and quite frankly the reactions of the car to the changes we're making are very little, so it's pretty frustrating. Obviously, by no means, are we giving up."
This weekend will be team owner Sarah Fisher's second race weekend out of the car, giving Rahal the opportunity to compete on the road course circuit. Fisher will make her first start for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season on May 1 at Kansas Speedway.
"Obviously, we had a handful today. Our goal is to work towards a consistent race car for Sunday, one that Graham can work with," said Fisher. "Trying to balance on track and off track technical frustration has been tough for the team, with calls being made both in our control, out of our control and those that don't make sense from every perspective. We have worked extremely hard to get here, and we aren't going to just let it all smoke over."
As the track changed, Rahal chased the end of the day in 18th place on the speed charts, while Team Penske's Will Power was quickest with a time of 01:11.1857, followed closely by Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan.