Rahal and Jakes Completed Their Second Test Day at Pocono Raceway in Preparation for Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco

Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco – Pocono Raceway
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FASTEST:         Marco Andretti             40.7308 / 220.960 mph               122 laps
10th:                 James Jakes                 41.3221 / 217.801 mph               104 laps
22nd:                Graham Rahal              41.7654 / 215.489 mph               141 laps

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I didn’t feel a ton more downforce (in the car) but I know that there is since last week’s test. We struggled with our car a little bit today so to say that I felt it wouldn’t be true.  Frankly I felt the other tire was a little bit better for my car but we couldn’t run it with the blistering so we will have to make the most of what we’ve got here. We’ll keep working hard on it.
(On the three-wide restart here:) “This place is plenty wide so there is no reason we couldn’t do it. Frankly it will be pretty cool for the fans. Even on a test day like today it was cool to see people in the stands. We appreciate it.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here. At the end of the test, Rahal brushed the Turn 1 wall and received minimal damage to his race car… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 9th at Iowa… Is ranked 15th in series standings with 182 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “The aero configuration is a little bit different from the test and the weather was different too, it was a little warmer and windy today. It’s hard to say how different the car is but I think we had a productive day. We certainly tested a lot which is what we needed to do. Generally on the super speedways we’ve been pretty good so we’ve just got to keep on working hard and make improvements overall. Hopefully we can make some steps and Honda can as well to be in a position to fight right at the top come Sunday.
(On the three-wide start here:) “I think it will be very similar to Indy and its wide enough here to do it that it shouldn’t be a problem.  Everyone has enough respect for each other now that it’s not going to get too wild. I think it’s good for the fans and everybody. People are going to see what we did at Indy and we’ll show everyone a good time. Then we’re back to single-file restarts after that which is good.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be first event here… Four races ago in Detroit was a breakthrough event for Jakes as he earned his highest career start and finish in Dual 2 in Detroit of second place… It is 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 2nd at Detroit Dual 2 and best finish is also 2nd in Detroit’s Dual 2 … Is ranked 17th in series standings with 172 points.

RLL RACING AT POCONO RACEWAY: This will be the first event for RLL at Pocono Raceway but team co-owner Bobby Rahal competed at Pocono Raceway eight times between 1982-1989 and earned one win (1988), three podiums (3rd – 1982, 1984) and six top-five’s in addition to leading 131 laps.

NEXT UP: The official start to the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco weekend is Saturday, July 6. Practice will take place from 10-11 a.m. ET Saturday with qualifying from 1:15-2:45. Final practice is 5:30-6:00. ABC will begin their live broadcast of Sunday’s race at noon ET and the 160-lap event will take the Green Flag at 12:15 p.m. ET. It 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 www.indycar.com.

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