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Rahal Finished 12th in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Fire­stone 600 – Texas Motor Speedway

Verizon IndyCar Series

RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 7, 2014

RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN THE FIRESTONE 600 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a long race and the National Guard team fought hard tonight. There were long stretches of green. We tried really hard to get the car better and better during the race and we did improve but we’ve got to get more compet­i­tive. I think we had some quick lap times out there but we’re still a little ways off. To finish 12th feels rela­tively good but we expect a lot better for this team and myself. To finish tonight says a lot; it’s a tough place. Grip and main­taining the tires is a premium here and we strug­gled a little bit tonight but we’ll keep working hard and move forward. We have a lot of oval testing coming up during the break before Houston which is a good thing; we can work hard with it. I think our street course package is good so without a doubt I feel pretty confi­dent that we can have really good races in Houston and be competitive.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started 21st for his sixth event here and drove to a 12th place finish… He qual­i­fied 19th in 2013 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 set the fastest single lap in qual­i­fying in 2012 but the grid is set based on a two-lap average and he qual­i­fied third in 2012. In the race, he 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.

NEXT UP: After five straight weeks of Verizon IndyCar Series compe­ti­tion, the series will take the next two week­ends off. During the two weekend racing hiatus before the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double­header June 27 – 29, the team will test at the Milwaukee, Iowa and Pocono oval tracks.

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