Contact Limited Rahal’s Starting Position to 12th for the GP of Baltimore; Jakes Qualified 13th But Will Serve a 10-Grid Penalty for Sixth Engine

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Grand Prix of Balti­more – Streets of Balti­more, Maryland

IZOD IndyCar Series




POLE: Scott Dixon      1:18.0838 / 94.053 mph              (Round 3; Group 1)

12th:     Graham Rahal   1:22.2045 / 89.338 mph           (Round 2 – 2 fast laps were deleted; Group 1)

13th:     James Jakes     1:18.6398 / 93.388 mph              (Round 1; Group 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 blu eCigs Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I’m disap­pointed that we didn’t get to complete qual­i­fying but what I’m more disap­pointed with is the fact that the session didn’t go red. I don’t care if people hadn’t finished their lap or not; it was an unsafe situ­a­tion to stay green and ulti­mately I got hit — again. Luckily I saw him because I was watching the mirror and waiting for someone to do it. I was looking to my right and saw that they were waving the green flag. I was looking in the mirror and saw him coming to hit me. I’m alright. The steering wheel spun and I let go and the steering wheel spun around and hit me in the wrist. I’ll be alright. We had been fourth at the time and lost our two fastest laps. I didn’t feel that my fast lap was that good but I also feel that I was strug­gling for grip. The lap I crashed on, I was already up almost a tenth.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here and first with RLLHe set the fifth fastest time in Round 1 to progress to Round 2 in qual­i­fying but made contact with the tire wall in Turn 8 in Round 2 while he was fourth fastest. The session stayed green until Tristan Vautier crashed into the back of Rahal and brought the Red Flag out. At the time the session went red, Rahal was sixth and would have advanced to Round 3.  His two fastest qual­i­fying laps were taken away and he ended Round 2 in 12th place. He hurt his wrist in the impact but was cleared to drive after he was eval­u­ated and released by INDYCAR’s Medical Director Michael Olinger… His best start is second place and best finish is 10th – both in 2011 with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR).  In 2012, he had a problem in the qual­i­fying session and was unable to post a single lap and qual­i­fied 23rd/last but started 21st due to two unap­proved engine change penal­ties ahead on the grid. He ran as high as second (eight laps) but made five pit stops to the winners two which included a drive through penalty on Lap 47/75 for passing under yellow and finished 11th… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 9th at Iowa… Is ranked 16th in series stand­ings with 252 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I think a tenth (of a second) would have put us comfort­ably in the top-six to progress to Round 2 which is a shame but that’s the way it is. We just didn’t get enough laps complete this morning.  We lost the rhythm (during qual­i­fying) when we were behind Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and I really think that if we hadn’t had that happen we would have gotten through to the next round. We have a 10 place penalty anyway and it’s supposed to rain tomorrow so I think we can do well. I’ve always gone well here in the rain in the past so we just have to be patient tomorrow and try to get the job done.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his third event here and first with RLLHe was 6/100ths of a second from being in the top-six in Round 1 with the seventh fastest time and did not progress to Round 2… In 2012 he qual­i­fied 22nd, started 19th after three competi­tors were penal­ized for an unap­proved engine change, ran as high as sixth and finished 24th after contact on Lap 32/75 while 11th.  In 2011 he qual­i­fied 11th and was running 12th on Lap 38/75 when a multi car acci­dent, that began with contact between Hunter-Reay and Briscoe, led to a blocked track and Hinch­cliffe, Jakes and Pantano were collected which led to a 27th place retire­ment.  Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011 – 2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 2nd at Detroit Dual 2 and best finish is also 2nd in Detroit’s Dual 2 … Is ranked 19th in series stand­ings with 237 points.

RLL AT BALTIMORE: The Balti­more Grand Prix will mark the second IndyCar race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here and THIRD overall after competing in the ALMS race in 2011 – 2012. Takuma Sato led 12 laps here last year before a fuel pres­sure problem surfaced and he retired in 21st. In 2011 at Balti­more, the team’s ALMS GT program – BMW Team RLL — qual­i­fied on pole (No. 55) and in third (No. 56). The No. 55 car was taken out of the lead by contact from a Corvette and the team finished fifth (No. 55) and second (No. 56). In the 2012 ALMS race, the No. 55 qual­i­fied second and was in the lead when it was penal­ized for “intim­i­da­tion” of a slower car — that had spun and was not touched by the 55 – and ulti­mately finished eighth. No 56 qual­i­fied fifth and finished fourth. On Friday, the No. 55 qual­i­fied on pole and the No. 56 qual­i­fied 2nd but was penal­ized for a “ride height” issue in post qual­i­fying inspec­tion and will start 11th.  The No. 15 blu eCigs entry for Graham Rahal and No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts entry for James Jakes will bring the Indy car total to three entries in 2013.  

NEXT UP: Morning warm-up will take place tomorrow morning from 10:15 — 10:45 a.m. ET and the 75-lap Grand Prix of Balti­more will take the Green Flag at 2:40 p.m. ET and will be tele­vised by NBC Sports Network begin­ning at 2 p.m. ET.  The race will also be broad­cast by the IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from

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