Jakes Led Five Laps But a Pit Penalty Led to a 20th Place Indy 500 Finish; Rahal Was 9th When a Pit Problem Occurred and Contact Later Resulted in a 25th Place Finish

Indi­anapolis 500 – Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway
IZOD IndyCar Series
RACE DAY NOTES/QUOTES — Sunday, May 26, 2013

JAKES LED FIVE LAPS BUTPIT PENALTY DROPPED HIM ONE LAP DOWN AND HE FINISHED 20TH IN THE INDY 500; RAHAL WAS NINTH WHENPIT PROBLEM AND CONTACT LATER LIMITED HIS FINISH TO 25TH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We had a pretty good day. Unfor­tu­nately there was one pit stop that was absolutely terrible. After fighting from 26th up to ninth, or wher­ever we were at that point, I think we prob­ably lost another six or seven posi­tions on that stop so we put ourselves in a bad spot and tried to gamble a little bit on the last stint and pit early in the hope that maybe we would catch a yellow or there would be some­thing like that. To be totally honest with you, the car all day was a bit neutral, a bit nervous. I tried to keep adjusting it and had several massive snaps so I’m surprised we made it that far. The guys worked awfully hard so I’m obvi­ously pretty bummed for the team and for Midas.  I told dad the lap before ‘This thing is getting really loose.’ I tried to hold on to it but I was fully off the throttle and that was it. I was prob­ably pushing too hard to make up some spots and it snapped side­ways in Turn 2. I tried to save it and it didn’t come back unfor­tu­nately. I thought it was a great race. We geared too short so I don’t think there was any way we could win today anyway. I couldn’t pass anybody. I would get in a big tow and I would pull up and just stop. We didn’t have enough sixth gear in the thing. But that’s the way it is, some­times you miss it. We’ll come back next year and do a better job.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started his sixth Indy 500 from 26th place. He pitted in ninth place for his second to last stop and his outside rear tire changer had a mechan­ical problem and Rahal returned to the track in 21st place. He was in 17th place with eight laps to go and lost control of his car in Turn 2 and made contact with the wall… He ran in the top-five in four of his five previous races here.  In 2008, with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he was the highest Indy 500 starter of the Champ Car tran­si­tioning teams with his 13th place qual­i­fying effort but made contact on L36 after driving high to avoid the slower car of Lloyd and retired in 33rd place.  He qual­i­fied fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st. In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qual­i­fied seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish. He qual­i­fied 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps. In 2012, he qual­i­fied 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… This is Rahal’s first full season at RLL, sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series and seventh in a top open wheel racing series (CCWS 2007)… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th — also in Long Beach… He is 16th in the series point stand­ings with 82. 

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “The Acorn Stair­lifts team led some laps early on and set some of the quickest race laps. It was just frus­trating; I made a mistake and forgot to reset the weight-jacker coming into the pits and just cleared out my crew. From then on it was playing on mind whether they were alright or not. And believe it or not we did not get a caution from then on until the end.  I couldn’t believe it. We have to take the posi­tives from this though. The car is good, we’re happy with the balance we have so we just have to move on to the other tracks and get some better results. We’re capable of it. They guys were great in the pits stops today. I just have to make sure I don’t make the same mistake again.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started his second Indy 500 from 20th place. He led the Indy 500 for the first time in his career when he took the lead from Laps 33 – 37. He also held the fastest race lap for a portion of the event but slid through his pit box on a stop near the midway point and made light contact with his crew which led to a Drive Through penalty on Lap 96 of 200 which put him one lap down.  He was unable to get back on the lead lap and finished 20th… He qual­i­fied 17th and finished 15th in 2012. In 2011, he attempted to qualify but the car was not fast enough. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… Jakes is competing in his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL. 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 11th at Barber and best finish is 12th at Long Beach although he had the poten­tial to finish higher in each race… Is ranked 23rd in series stand­ings with 68 points.

NEXT UP:  The Chevrolet Indy Duel in Detroit at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 1 – 2.  The 2013 race will mark the 14th year for the team in the event.  The team’s highest start of second place and highest finish of first in the event came in the inau­gural running on Belle Isle in 1992 by Bobby Rahal.  In total, the team has earned two podiums (Max Papis 2000 – 2nd), three top-five finishes and nine top-10’s here (chart on back page). Prior to 2013, the team prepared a total of 21 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992 – 1998), Mike Groff (1993 – 94), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996 – 99), Max Papis (1999 – 2001), Kenny Brack (2000 – 01), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007 – 08) and Takuma Sato (2012).  The No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts entry for James Jakes will bring that total to 23 in 2013.

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