National Guard Driver Rahal Finished 14th After Starting 21st in the Firestone GP of St. Pete

SUMMARY: On the opening lap, Rahal charged from his 21st place starting spot to 12th and was in 14th when he made his first pit stop. Different pit strate­gies played out in a race that saw only 10 caution laps of 110 total. In the closing laps of the race, Rahal was 13th but lost a posi­tion to Bour­dais with two laps to go and finished 14th.

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I got a good start.  I saw that it was going green and there was a stack-up in front of me and I knew you could go on green so I pulled off to the right and went straight on down the inside so it worked out for me. After that we strug­gled all day with a lack of grip. I could never attack the car; it was driving me more than I was driving it. There is a lot of work to be done but I think we had some high­lights this weekend. We’ve just got to keep working on it.”

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Rahal Lost His Two Fastest Laps Due to Bringing Out the Red Flag on a Wet Track in St. Pete Qualifying; Will Start 21st

1)  Takuma Sato   1:01.8686 / 104.738 mph      

21)  Graham Rahal  No Time / No Speed (fastest lap/omitted – 1:15.200, wet conditions)

SUMMARY: The start of the three-round qual­i­fying session was delayed more that three hours after an after­noon storm. Rahal was in Group 1 that took to a wet track for their session on rain tires. Condi­tions improved as each round took place and teams installed racing “slick” tires. Graham lost control of the race car on the slick course and made contact with a tire barrier which brought out a red flag. His two fastest laps were omitted, one of which was sixth fastest and would have allowed him to progress to Round 2 and start in the top-12.  Instead, Ryan Briscoe set the sixth fastest time (1:15.6860) and progressed.

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National Guard IndyCar Driver Graham Rahal Second Fastest in Practice for the Firestone GP of St. Pete

1)         Takuma Sato             1:02.5615 / 103.578 mph

2)         Graham Rahal           1:02.6122 / 103.494 mph      

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Overall for our first day out I think it was a great day. For us to be that compet­i­tive right off the bat feels awesome. I’ve got to say most of all I am proud of these National Guard guys because it was only 48, maybe 72 hours ago that we had a big trailer fire and our guys did an incred­ible job getting every­thing switched back over in Indy.  It was a rush, it was absolutely a rush to get down here. When I strap into the car, I can smell smoke; it covered every­thing. For us to be in the posi­tion we are in says a lot about the people we have. I am proud of them and as dad said last night to them ‘Through adver­sity comes a team” and I think we have a great group of people and I think that is going to show this year.”

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Team Transporter Damaged Due to Fire on the Way to IndyCar Series Season Opener

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 25, 2014) – The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) team trans­porter caught on fire en route to the Verizon IndyCar Series season-opener in St. Peters­burg last night. Trans­porter drivers Phil Davis and Paul Sheehan discov­ered the fire while in Louisville, Kentucky, approx­i­mately two hours from the team’s Browns­burg race shop. It is believed that the fire orig­i­nated in the engi­neering lounge where the damage was restricted. The exact cause is under investigation.

The No. 15 race cars to be driven by Graham Rahal and most of the racing equip­ment was not damaged due to the early efforts of Davis and Sheehan as well as the Zoneton Fire Protec­tion team, who responded within a few minutes. The trans­porter returned to the race shop last night and the equip­ment is being trans­ferred to another trans­porter and will depart today.

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BMW Team RLL Finishes 3rd and 10th at the12 Hours of Sebring; No. 55 Z4 GTLM Drivers Move into Championship Points Lead

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 15, 2014 … Second race, second podium: BMW Team RLL finished third and tenth in today’s 12 Hours of Sebring. Victo­rious twice before at the classic sports car racing endurance event (2011 and 2012), the 62nd edition of the longest half-day in motor­sport relin­quished only a third place finish to the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM for the team’s second consec­u­tive podium of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship. The result moves Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand and Andy Priaulx to the top of the Driver point standings.

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BMW Team RLL Races in P3 and P10 at 12 Hours of Sebring Mid-Point; No. 55 Runs in Third, No. 56 Slowed by Crash Damage in Tenth

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 15, 2014 … At the mid-point of the 62nd annual 12 Hours of Sebring BMW Team RLL races in the third and tenth posi­tions in the GTLM class. The first race at Sebring for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship has been slowed by eight caution periods, the sixth bringing out a red flag that halted the race for six minutes, in the first six hours.

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