Firestone 550

ABC IndyCar
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Fire­stone 550 – Texas Motor Speedway
IZOD IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 8, 2013
 
JAKES RAN IN THE TOP-FIVE OF THE FIRESTONE 550 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND FINISHED 12TH; RAHAL FINISHED 21ST
 
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I never really had a grip on the car. I really, really strug­gled with the rear of the car on entries and exits and couldn’t get a handle on the under­steer mid corner.  I’m obvi­ously baffled now with the perfor­mance. There are a lot of tracks we’ve gone to that I can compete at and right now I can’t which is frus­trating. For the amount of effort that we are putting in, there is no reason this should be the case. We will regroup but the problem is the lack of time between races.”
 
·         FAST FACTSWas his fifth event here.  He qual­i­fied 19th and started 17th after two cars ahead served 10-grid penal­ties for unap­proved engine changes. He strug­gled with the handling of his race car and finished 21st.  He qual­i­fied third in 2012, led 27 laps but a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR).  He qual­i­fied 20th for the first of two heat races in 2011 and finished ninth with SCCGR. He drew the fourth starting spot for Race 2 in 2011 and finished 30th.  He did not compete in Texas in 2010 during his partial season of compe­ti­tion.  He qual­i­fied 12th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) in 2009 but retired in 22nd place after contact. In 2008, he qual­i­fied 18th and finished 11th with NHLR… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th also in Long Beach… Is ranked 18th in series stand­ings with 135 points.
 
 
JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We had a great car, it’s been pretty good all weekend and we made some great changes. We were defi­nitely one of the top five quickest cars so it’s just a shame we didn’t finish there. We’ll bounce back next week. You win and lose as a team and we’ll just make sure we put it right next weekend.”
 
·         FAST FACTS: Was his third event here. He earned his best start of 10th place on Friday and was in fourth place with 16 laps to go when he had to make a final pit stop for fuel and finished 12th.  He qual­i­fied 21st in 2012 and finished 10th.  In the dual race in 2011 he qual­i­fied 30th and finished 25th in heat one and drew the 23rd starting spot in Heat 2 and finished 28th… Last weekend 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 tied for 14th in series stand­ings with 148 points.
 
NEXT UP The Milwaukee Mile will be the site of the fifth consec­u­tive weekend of action for the IZOD IndyCar Series.  Qual­i­fying for the Milwaukee IndyFest will take place on Friday, June 14 and the 250-lap race will take the Green Flag at 3:40 p.m. CT Saturday, June 15 and be tele­vised live on NBC Sports Network begin­ning at 4:30 p.m. ET. Graham Rahal’s best start is second in 2008 and 2009 and his best finish is second in 2011.  James Jakes’ best start is 20th in 2012 and best finish is 15th in 2011. The team won three poles with Bobby Rahal (1992), Kenny Brack (2001) and Vitor Meira (2004) and two races with Brack (2001) and Michel Jour­dain Jr. (2003). Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com.