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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
IZOD IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES - Friday, July 6, 2012
SATO SET THE TENTH FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY
FASTEST: Dario Franchitti 1:00.2786 / 104.813 mph
10th: Takuma Sato 1:00.8783 / 103.781 mph
TAKUMA SATO, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a good day. Considering the amount of time we had in practice was relatively short, we learned a lot. We tried a couple of different setups to find out ride height, gearing and etc. as the team hasn’t been here for a long time. We made good progress; I’m reasonably happy with the balance. We will look at all of the data and hopefully continue to make progress tomorrow. (On Push to Pass:) Today we tried the extra boost; the extra power feels good. We need to work on the gearing for that but it seems to be good for overtaking as well as defending. I’m not sure how many times we will be able to use it or how long it will last each time but it is definitely a good tool for the race.”
FAST FACTS: This will be Sato’s third race in
GERRY HUGHES, Race Engineer for Sato: “Both Practice 1 and Practice 2 were productive sessions for us although I think that with the lack of consistent running due to red flags, we haven’t done as much of the program as we would have liked. Obviously it’s my first time here and I am having to come to grips with the particular characteristics of this Toronto street circuit. We have worked through a number of items on our program and whilst we are a bit disappointed to have slipped a little further adrift of Dario, who was quickest in both P1 and P2, we feel that there are still a number of changes that can have an affect on the car and hopefully we will continue to move forward in Practice 3 and qualifying tomorrow.”
1 POLE, 5 PODIUMS FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT
NEXT UP: Practice will take place tomorrow from 9:45-10:45 a.m. ET and qualifying will take place from 1:05 - 2:25 p.m. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com. The Honda Indy Toronto will be televised live on ABC at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 8.