Rahal Led the Grand Prix of Baltimore But Late Contact Limited His Finish to 17th; Jakes Retired Early Due to Gearbox Control Unit Failure

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Grand Prix of Balti­more – Streets of Balti­more, Maryland

IZOD IndyCar Series

RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 1, 2013

RAHAL LED THE GRAND PRIX OF BALTIMORE BUT LATE CONTACT LIMITED HIS FINISH TO 17TH; JAKES RETIRED EARLY DUE TO GEARBOX CONTROL UNIT FAILURE

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 blu eCigs Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “The blu eCigs car was awesome today; I don’t have any complaints there. We should have won that race; that was my race but every­thing kept going wrong for us. The strategy was on par really until those yellows. I don’t under­stand why they were so long but they were and it took us right out of it but at the end we started to claw our way back. I got a really good restart and I got by Kanaan. I don’t even know how far back he was but I looked in Turn 2 and couldn’t even see him. The next thing I knew, I was trying to line those guys up for the exit and he just drove absolutely square into the side of me. I really don’t get that and I’m defi­nitely going to have some words with him.”

  • FAST FACTS: Was his third race here and first with RLLRahal started 12th, led five laps but ulti­mately retired in 17th place after contact in an action-packed race that saw six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.  After starting 12th, Rahal steadily climbed up the order and into the lead for five laps through two restarts before he pitted under caution on Lap 57/75 to meet the require­ment to run Fire­stone alter­nate tires for at least one stint.  He returned to the track in 9th place and made five passes but ulti­mately retired in 17th place after being hit by Tony Kanaan on Lap 69 of 75 while running fifth… 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 18th in series stand­ings with 266 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “About half of a lap after our pit stop our gearbox control unit broke and it was game over. Only five laps in. It’s frus­trating obviously.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his third event here and first with RLLJakes qual­i­fied 13th but started 23rd due to a 10-grid penalty for an unap­proved engine change. He gained two spots at the start and had just returned to the race track after the team opted for an alter­nate pit strategy and brought him in on Lap 4 when the gear-related problem surfaced… 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 244 points.

NEXT UP:  The team will test on the Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway road course next Wednesday, September 4 with Graham Rahal.

PHOTO AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: Media members who register on the IndyCar Series media site have access to photog­raphy as well as video.  Register for access to photos at: http://www.indycarmedia.com/pages/ApplyforAccess