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Ra­hal goes from 34th to 1st dur­ing Indy 500 prac­tice

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS » Gra­ham Ra­hal’s one­day turn­around looked good and felt even bet­ter. Now he needs to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

Just 24 hours af­ter fin­ish­ing 34th out of 35 on the In­di­anapo­lis 500 prac­tice speed charts, the 29-year-old Amer­i­can jumped into the top spot with a fast lap of 226.047 mph. The only driver to top 226 Thurs­day heads into the week­end with a lit­tle momentum.

“It’s cooler to lead prac­tice than be­ing 34th be­cause you don’t have to an­swer all the ques­tions about be­ing 34th,” Ra­hal said. “But to­day was a very good day. We found some pace and at the end of the day we found some things that will help us. That last run was the best I have felt in traf­fic.”

Ra­hal was Wed­nes­day.

Tony Kanaan, the sec­ond-fastest Thurs­day at 225.896 and the 2013 race win­ner, ac­knowl­edged ev­ery­one’s cu­ri­ous to see what hap­pens when se­ries or­ga­niz­ers boost the horsepower by about 50 Fri­day and for qual­i­fy­ing week­end. clocked at 222.102

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