Jakes Finished 12th in Race 1 of the “Two in T.O.” Honda Indy Toronto; Rahal Finished 20th After “Avoidable Contact” from Vautier

Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place
IZOD IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES for Race 1 of “2 in T.O.” – Saturday, July 13, 2013


GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Unfortunately I saw in my mirror that Newgarden had stalled and I was thinking ‘There goes that.’ I was kind of excited about the start; I thought that it would be fun but then again I also wasn’t all that disappointed. I know the fans will be but to be honest IndyCar racing isn’t Formula One, it’s not about the standing starts. And I’m not sure we need them. Tradition in this sport goes back 100 years.
“My start was good, I think I passed four guys. I got by Sato and a couple of others in the second lap and felt pretty strong initially. The tires went away from me early and I struggled with the rears on the reds and we pitted to get on the blacks and unfortunately Vautier hit us as I was trying to pass Pagenaud. It was kind of a mess and Pagenaud appeared to be struggling with the rears (tires) so I was trying to get by him and Vautier drove over his head and I should have known it could happen. He couldn’t have even had his (car) nose next to my rear pod and the contact didn’t leave a mark on the tires which tells you something.
(On learning things today for tomorrow’s race:) “The laps that you do today help. As dad said on the radio, this became a test session for us. Unfortunately with the issues that we had getting the car started, we lost a few laps and knew we were totally out of contention for anything but a top-20 at best. So you just try things like driver lines and I figured some stuff out but we have some work to do before tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Was his sixth Indy car race here and he also competed in one Atlantic race.  He started 18th and moved to 17th when Justin Wilson (and also Newgarden, behind) stalled before the standing start. On the rolling start he gained two spots and another when he passed Sato on the following lap.  He was later hit by Tristan Vautier, who was assessed a drive through penalty for avoidable contact, on Lap 35 and fell three laps down by the time he got restarted and pitted. He finished the 85-lap race in 20th place… Started from pole in the 2006 Atlantic race but was hit by Raphael Matos on the first lap.  Repaired the damaged suspension and returned to the track a few laps down, set the fastest race lap but later retired in 15th place.  Started 15th in the 2007 Champ Car race as a rookie for NHR but an evasive move to avoid a pile up on Lap 1 led to him hitting the wall and a subsequent stop for a new front wing.  Had to pit again for another front wing later in the race after running as high as second.  Retired in 11th place after he made contact for the third time due to a broken steering rack. There was not a race in Toronto in 2008. In 2009, he started third but was hit by second place starter Will Power, who squeezed him to the wall on the opening lap before T1.  A forced stop to replace his front wing dropped him to the back but he charged through the field into seventh place.  He held his position behind Patrick but flat-spotted his tires which led to losing three positions before his next stop.  He tried to pass the lapped car of Ed Carpenter on the inside on a right-handed turn but the contact ended his race in 20th place after 57/85 laps… In 2010, he started 14th with NHR and earned his best finish since his 2008 win in St. Pete of fifth place… He competed for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011-2012. In 2011 he qualified fifth, led 23 laps and finished 13th…  In 2012, he qualified 12th, started 10th after penalties were served to two competitors ahead on the grid and was sixth when contact in Turn 1 forced him to retire from the race in 23rd… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th also in Long Beach.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I was ready to make a standing start and it just didn’t happen which was a shame. I think the fans were looking forward to it too. I got a shocking start either way. Pagenaud nearly spun and I got boxed in. I got blocked to the inside on the initial start and lost a few positions there. We tried to work our way up but struggled. The track temperature came up and it really seemed to affect us. When its cool, we’re pretty quick if not one of the quickest cars out there. It’s a shame that we didn’t get tenth place. I made a mistake on the restart after the last caution and two cars got passed me. I’m disappointed but we’ll move on and see what we can do tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his third event here and first with RLL. Jakes qualified fifth but started 15th after a 10-grid penalty for an unapproved engine change.  He was in 14th for the rolling start after the standing start was aborted due to two cars stalling but got a bad start and dropped to 17th but ultimately finished 11th. A possible 10th place start was likely but he dropped two positions on the final restart and finished 11th (official finishing position is pending due to a post-race appeal)… Earned his best series start and finish of 2nd at the previous double-header races on the streets of Detroit (June 2).  He qualified 19th here in 2012, started 24th due to a penalty for an unapproved engine change and earned his best finish at the time of eighth place.  In 2011, he qualified 23rd and finished 18th.  Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… His best series start to date is 2nd at Dual 2 in Detroit and best finish is 2nd also at Dual 2 in Detroit.

1 POLE, 5 PODIUMS FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT TORONTO… It is the 14th (and 15th) Indy car races for the team in Toronto and second/third since 2003.  The team also competed in the Atlantic Series races here in 2003 and 2004.  The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal.  Prior to the 2013 event, the team prepared a total of 22 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03) and Takuma Sato (2012). The team also prepared three Toyota Atlantic entries (Danica Patrick 2003-2004; Chris Festa 2004).  The team has earned FIVE podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 17 top-10 finishes at the track.

NEXT UP:  Warm-up for Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto “2 in T.O.” will take place from 10:50-11:20 a.m. ET Sunday and the Green Flag will fall for Race 2 at 3:33 p.m. ET and be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3:00. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

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