Graham Rahal pleased with 1st test session in Nationwide Guard Honda Indy car: Rahal finished 124 laps on short program at Sebring International Raceway

Rahal finished 124 laps on short program at Sebring International Raceway

Published on March 4, 2014

Graham Rahal was in the cockpit of his 2014 National Guard-sponsored IndyCar ride on Monday at Sebring International Raceway.

Graham Rahal was in the cockpit of his 2014 National Guard-sponsored IndyCar ride on Monday at Sebring International Raceway.

Graham Rahal completed his initial check day of 2014 on Monday at Sebring Global Raceway in preparation for the upcoming IndyCar Series season. He ran a complete of 124 laps around the 1.65-mile short course in the No. 15 Nationwide Guard Honda and was pleased with the finish outcome.

“Overall, we had a good day of operating,” mentioned Rahal. “We dealt with a couple of troubles this morning, so we started a couple of hours into the day. But we received a ton accomplished in a short time period of time. We worked by means of our whole check list, and I really feel rather excellent about where we stand. The engine we’;re running is a reasonably old, extremely early spec of the Honda twin-turbo, and it ran great. I think it is a tiny bit down on energy compared to the most recent spec, so for us to be proper in the mix with everyone else, it felt fairly great.”

The check was conducted in 80-degree climate, but the track conditions have been hardly best.

“The circumstances on-track weren’;t quite good,” explained race engineer Bill Pappas. “They had a Trans-Am and vintage race here this weekend, and the track was slippery and greasy. There were 4 other Indy automobiles here with us, and all morning everybody was slip-sliding about. We worked on the car by means of the program of the day and stored enhancing the grip, which is what Graham was complaining about, and by the end of the day he thought we have been quite near. We appeared to boost with each lap, and the suggestions mirrored the lap instances. We weren’;t chasing the track and got through all of the items we wanted to check and are pleased with that. We’;re searching forward to receiving back on-track with the race-spec Honda twin-turbo at Barber Motorsports Park in a couple of weeks.”

“It was fantastic to get back out on-track,” extra Rahal. “It’;s been a lengthy winter, and I feel like, as a crew, everyone has kept their nose to the grindstone. We produced some wonderful alterations, and I see practically nothing but excellent issues to come. I really feel extremely assured with exactly where our auto was these days with limited working. We genuinely experimented with to conserve tires [for potential testing], and I still felt that we did a phenomenal job. It felt very good to lastly get in the car and just get going. I am enthusiastic to get back in the auto in Barber [Motorsports Park] in a couple of weeks. You look at the auto and see how wonderful it seems to be with Nationwide Guard on it and truly feel proud to be representing them. As soon as you get in the auto, however, the target is on acquiring the most out of testing so that we can do the very best job feasible for them and ourselves.”

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