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IndyCar: Filippi top-five, Rahal pleased after Houston Friday

Jun 27, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT

FilHawk AP

The one returning driver to the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend, Italian Luca Filippi, ended fourth overall and third in second practice in his first day in an IndyCar since Houston last fall.

“It was a great day. I was obvi­ously very moti­vated but to finish in the top three (in the second prac­tice) is amazing,” he said after the session. “We have to keep our feet on the ground and work harder because it’s going to be a long weekend with two races but we have the oppor­tu­nity to do well obvi­ously. So we just have to do a clean job.

“At the moment I feel good with the car,” he added. “There are some things we can still improve to suit my driving style but my confi­dence is good and I feel very thankful to the team, to Bobby and every­body who is working with me to make this happen.”

Meanwhile Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate Graham Rahal was within 0.3 of Filippi, albeit 10 spots lower on the combined practice charts of 14th. Considering he didn’t get a run on new tires in the No. 15 National Guard RLL Honda, he’s pleased with where he is.

“I think the National Guard car is very compet­i­tive and I think there is more time in it,” he admitted. “We didn’t get a run on new tires so we don’t really know its poten­tial but I think it’s prob­ably a top-five car at this point. I just have to keep working on myself and find a bit more speed. I think we’re learning; we’ve just got to keep going forward. I think we will have a pretty compet­i­tive car tomorrow.”

Rahal also praised the job done by event organizer Mike Lanigan for resurfacing of the front straight, which while still bumpy, was an improvement on last year’s circuit.

  1. Jeff - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Hope the RLL team has a great weekend.

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