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Rahal Retired from the Pocono INDYCAR 500 in 19th Place After Running 11th Before Final Stint

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Pocono INDYCAR 500 – Pocono Raceway

Verizon IndyCar Series

RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 6, 2014

 

RAHAL RETIRED FROM THE POCONO INDYCAR 500 AT POCONO RACEWAY IN 19TH PLACE AFTER RUNNING 11TH BEFORE FINAL STINT

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I had a good start but then the helmet pad blew out of the car right away and unfor­tu­nately I fell back. I couldn’t see, I was trying to hold my head up and it took me a couple of laps to adjust. We fought back. I’m proud of the National Guard guys; we had good pit stops all day. They even did a great job getting the spare pad taped in the cockpit in a hurry. Unfor­tu­nately our luck struck again I’m not really sure what happened. The car just snapped. It swapped ends instantly. I think some­thing broke and ended our day early. It was getting better. I feel confi­dent that we’re getting some­where though.”

  • FAST FACTS: Was his second Indy car race here. He started 14th and moved into 11th on the opening lap but his helmet pad on the right side of the cockpit flew out of the car and he grad­u­ally dropped to 19th. The helmet pad helps the drivers head stay upright while sustaining high G-Forces for 200 laps. Once he made his first stop and the team replaced the helmet pad he steadily climbed back up the field and ran 12th midway through the race and held the fastest lap of the race through his third stint. He was in 11th place when a problem surfaced on Lap 158/200. The car appeared to abruptly change and Rahal spun. The side of the car made contact with the Turn 2 wall and he ulti­mately retired in 19th place… Last year he qual­i­fied 17th, started 16th due to a grid penalty ahead and finished 18th. His highest finish on an oval is second place (Texas 2012, Milwaukee 2011).

NEXT UP: The Iowa Corn Indy 300 will take place next Saturday night, July 12 at Iowa Speedway. Last year, Graham Rahal won Heat Race 2 in Iowa to transfer to Heat Race 3 and qual­i­fied eighth. He started sixth after engine penal­ties were served and charged from 10th to second on his second stint. He chal­lenged for the win and led Lap 160 until the last 20 laps where he dropped to fourth while navi­gating traffic and then fifth on the final lap.

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