Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. – Streets around Exhibition Place
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE 1 NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 20, 2014
RAHAL FINISHED SIXTH IN RACE 1 OF THE HONDA INDY TORONTO 2 IN T.O; FILIPPI WAS FIFTH WHEN CONTACT ENDED HIS RACE IN 22ND PLACE
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “A top six feels good. We had a very solid race. I got a couple of guys on the start and then thankfully avoided the crash and really just stayed out of trouble. I made a few passes throughout the race but I think the key was to stay out of trouble and we did and got a top six. Obviously we would have liked to continue to push the National Guard car forward but we’ll take it. We were able to learn what the car would do over the entire race and that’s a big perk for us. We’ve got to keep working. We’ve got a long one ahead of us and a lot of laps. I think there is a great opportunity for us to continue to gain some points on guys that we’re around (in the standings) and we’ll go from there.”
- FAST FACTS: Qualified 14th but started 11th today due to issues with three competitors in Saturday’s attempted race. After an opening lap multi-car crash that brought out a red flag he restarted the race in ninth place. He moved into eight when Filippi made contact and retired and later passed Hinchcliffe and Wilson for sixth place and held the position after the pit cycle and took the checkered flag sixth in Race 1… Will be his eighth and ninth Indy car races here and 10th overall including his 2006 Atlantic race… In seven Indy car races, his best Toronto start is third in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and his best finish is fifth in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing…His best finish this season is second place in Detroit Dual 1 and best start is fourth in Race 2 of the 2014 Houston doubleheader.
LUCA FILIPPI, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “My front wing was damaged on the right side from the opening lap so I was struggling with so much understeer because of the downforce we were losing and I had also worn the front right (tire). On that lap I just went a little off the racing line because of the extra understeer and went on the marbles and hit the wall and that was it. It’s such a shame because I was keeping the pace with the guys up front and everything was going well. I think we have a good pace for the second race. We just need to try to overtake people because we are starting from entrant points so we’re starting dead last. I will do my best.”
- FAST FACTS: Qualified seventh on Saturday but took over sixth when Power was sent to the back of the grid after making contact during Saturday’s attempt to race. On Lap 1 today, Filippi was squeezed into the wall by Pagenaud who spun and set off a multi car accident that brought out the red flag. The front wing was slightly damaged and he restarted in fifth place and held the position until he hit the wall on the final turn before the front straight and ultimately retired in 22nd place after completing 17/65 laps… Will be his first and second Indy car races here and seventh and eighth in the series.Filippi made four Indy car starts in 2013 for Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and street races in Baltimore and the doubleheader races in Houston. In 2014, he competed in the two races in Houston where he earned a career-best Indy car qualifying position of fourth place for Race 1 and was in eighth place when he made contact with the inside wall of a turn on a restart while attempting to overtake Pagenaud and retired in 21st place. He brushed the wall in qualifying for Race 2 and bent the right rear toe-link which limited his starting position. Once the team replaced it, he was only able to complete one lap on red tires in the 15 minute session and was sixth fastest and started 12th. In the race he ran as high as fifth but had to pit due to a tire puncture. He was on target for a seventh place finish but contact with Montoya on the last lap dropped him to 15th… His highest series starting position is fourth in Race 1 in Houston 2014 and his highest finish is 10th in Race 1 in Houston 2013.
RLL AT TOROTO: The Honda Indy Toronto will mark the 15th year of Indy car racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here and the team’s 16th and 17th races. 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 2014 event, the team prepared a total of 26 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), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013 x 2) and James Jakes (2013 x 2).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. Team co-owner Rahal competed in Toronto from 1986 – 1991 as a driver and from 1992 – 1998 as a team owner/driver. In 13 events, he earned one WIN (1986), two POLES (1987, 1992), and seven PODIUMS. He also started on the front row three times, earned 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
NEXT UP: The standing start for Race 2 will take place at 4:15 p.m. will take place. NBCSN will begin their broadcast at 3 p.m. ET.
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