Mid-Ohio: Newman/Haas Racing Friday report

NATIONAL TIRES & BATTERY DRIVER RAHAL FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY 200; FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER MUTOH 16TH Graham Rahal, No. 02 National Tires & Battery Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We definitely struggled at the start of practice.

NATIONAL TIRES & BATTERY DRIVER RAHAL FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY 200; FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER MUTOH 16TH

Graham Rahal, No. 02 National Tires & Battery Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We definitely struggled at the start of practice. We had a hard time getting it right. We felt really low on grip during the first run. We were really off. The thing that is obvious to me is that it is really close and very competitive. At one point, I was 10th, but only a tenth off. But I really wanted to be fastest on the first day at home. It feels good. I am a little bit surprised, especially where we came from. I was a little bit worried. We tried a whole bunch of things and I think I had a better lap in me, but I locked up a little bit and messed up a lap. The good thing is the car is nowhere close for me. There's a lot we need to improve on. If we can be this competitive and have a lot to improve on is a good sign for myself and the National Tire & Battery team."

Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The car had a lot of oversteer at the beginning of the session; I think the track was messy. As the session went on the car felt quite good. We made quite a few changes and found two good ones so we need to carry that over to tomorrow. My teammate was P1 with a new set of tires so that was good news too."

-source: nhr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Hideki Mutoh