Pocono INDYCAR 400

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Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco – Pocono Raceway
IZOD IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 7, 2013


GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I’m very disap­pointed. There were times today when I thought our car was very compet­i­tive and really good and unfor­tu­nately we just never had the speed to make the most of that. It seemed like we were down on a little power and to be honest we were having to take a little more extreme measures with the down­force levels to try to make up for it. At the end we trimmed enough to where the rear tires were going off on me. We also got unlucky too with the first yellow. When the first yellow came out, the leaders had just pitted in front of us as we did so every­body else, in effect, got an entire lap lead on us and we weren’t going to make up 50 seconds no matter what.  We reached our mileage minimum on the motor and will have a fresh one when we go to Toronto.”

  • FAST FACTS: Was his first race here.  He qual­i­fied 17th, started 16th due to an unap­proved engine change ahead on the grid and finished 18th… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 9th at Iowa… He dropped one posi­tion in series stand­ings to 16th with 194 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “To be honest, it (the car) was better than I expected. We made some great improve­ments overnight. There is still work to do but consid­ering how much we strug­gled gener­ally, the car was good and we were able to trim out during the race. It’s a shame we are not starting the weekend now but we’ll move on. I’m looking forward to Toronto.  Obvi­ously we had a good result in Detroit, the last street race, so we’re excited to get to Toronto.”

  • FAST FACTS: Was his first event here. He qual­i­fied 14th, started 13th due to an unap­proved engine change ahead of him on the grid and finished 12th… 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 190 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 series will return to action next weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto.  The team has competed in Toronto 13 times in Indy car compe­ti­tion as well as two Atlantic Series races (2003 and 2004).  The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jour­dain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal.  The team has earned five podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 17 top-10 finishes at the track.  Sato started and finished ninth in Toronto last year after running as high as fourth with RLL.

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