Rahal Retired from the MAVTV 500 in 15th Place; Jakes Was Collected in an Accident and Retired in 22nd

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

MAVTV 500 – Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

IZOD IndyCar Series – Season Finale

RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, October 19, 2013

RAHAL RETIRED FROM THE MAVTV 500 INDYCAR SERIES SEASON FINALE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY IN 15TH; JAKES WAS COLLECTED IN AN ACCIDENT AND RETIRED IN 22ND

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I had been strug­gling with the rear of the car the whole race. We started to make some inroads and started to make it a little bit better but to be honest, the whole time I strug­gled with the back a little too much. It was very sensi­tive with front wing changes. At the end of the day though we were just going to try to cruise along and get to the finish. Unfor­tu­nately I think we ended up drop­ping a valve in the engine and it shut off. We weren’t going to set the world on fire but we were defi­nitely going forward and that all we can ask for.

(For 2014:) “We just have to keep working. This is a good team that’s got a lot of heart. We’ve got to keep working hard.”

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal qual­i­fied 18th but started 22nd after grid penal­ties were assessed. He was in 14th place, one lap down to the leaders, when a mechan­ical failure ended his race and he ulti­mately finished 15th. It was his second race here.  He qual­i­fied 11th in 2012 for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR), started 18th after a penalty for an unap­proved engine change and finished sixth… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 6th at Iowa… Rahal ended the 2013 season ranked 18th in the point stand­ings with 319 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “The first stint of the race wasn’t too bad. We had dropped back a little bit but were still holding posi­tion and then we really strug­gled with the balance of the car and was fighting it but just trying to stay on the lead lap and get some­thing going towards the end of the race and I just got involved in a wreck. I was on the high side and there was so much smoke and cars and I just got collected. There was nowhere to go. Before that, it was just so dirty and there was so much debris. I put nine tear-offs on and I had already gone through five. It was a mess out there. Its disap­pointing to end the season like this because I think we showed good pace just like we did in qual­i­fying but we will just move on to next year.”

  • FAST FACTS: Jakes qual­i­fied sixth, started fifth after grid penal­ties were assessed and had completed 113 of 250 laps after having recently made a pit stop and was in 21st place when he was collected in a multi-car acci­dent trig­gered by Justin Wilson’s spin… It was his second race here… His best start with RLL in 2013 was 2nd for the Detroit Dual 2 and best finish is also 2nd in Detroit’s Dual 2 … Jakes ended the 2013 season ranked 19th in the point stand­ings with 293 points.

NEXT UP: The INDYCAR Cham­pi­onship Cele­bra­tion will take place Sunday from 4 – 7 p.m. PT at the Globe Theater at Universal Studios Holly­wood. It will be streamed live on www.indycar.com begin­ning at 8:30 p.m. ET