News Tagged “Bobby Rahal”

National Guard Driver Rahal Finished 14th After Starting 21st in the Firestone GP of St. Pete

SUMMARY: On the opening lap, Rahal charged from his 21st place starting spot to 12th and was in 14th when he made his first pit stop. Different pit strate­gies played out in a race that saw only 10 caution laps of 110 total. In the closing laps of the race, Rahal was 13th but lost a posi­tion to Bour­dais with two laps to go and finished 14th.

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I got a good start.  I saw that it was going green and there was a stack-up in front of me and I knew you could go on green so I pulled off to the right and went straight on down the inside so it worked out for me. After that we strug­gled all day with a lack of grip. I could never attack the car; it was driving me more than I was driving it. There is a lot of work to be done but I think we had some high­lights this weekend. We’ve just got to keep working on it.”

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National Guard IndyCar Driver Graham Rahal Second Fastest in Practice for the Firestone GP of St. Pete

1)         Takuma Sato             1:02.5615 / 103.578 mph

2)         Graham Rahal           1:02.6122 / 103.494 mph      

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Overall for our first day out I think it was a great day. For us to be that compet­i­tive right off the bat feels awesome. I’ve got to say most of all I am proud of these National Guard guys because it was only 48, maybe 72 hours ago that we had a big trailer fire and our guys did an incred­ible job getting every­thing switched back over in Indy.  It was a rush, it was absolutely a rush to get down here. When I strap into the car, I can smell smoke; it covered every­thing. For us to be in the posi­tion we are in says a lot about the people we have. I am proud of them and as dad said last night to them ‘Through adver­sity comes a team” and I think we have a great group of people and I think that is going to show this year.”

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BMW Team RLL Races in P3 and P10 at 12 Hours of Sebring Mid-Point; No. 55 Runs in Third, No. 56 Slowed by Crash Damage in Tenth

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 15, 2014 … At the mid-point of the 62nd annual 12 Hours of Sebring BMW Team RLL races in the third and tenth posi­tions in the GTLM class. The first race at Sebring for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship has been slowed by eight caution periods, the sixth bringing out a red flag that halted the race for six minutes, in the first six hours.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies Second and Third for 62nd 12 Hours of Sebring

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 14, 2014 … The intense compe­ti­tion the GTLM class demon­strated during the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January defi­nitely increased in today’s qual­i­fying session for the 62nd annual 12 Hours of Sebring. The top-seven cars of the 11-car class qual­i­fied within one second. The top three spots were even closer, seem­ingly only the blink of an eye covering the pole winning Porsche and the two BMW Team RLL Z4 machines.

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Veteran Engineer John Dick Returns to RLL as Head of Research and Development for IndyCar Program

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 30, 2014) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that John Dick has returned to the team as Head of Research and Devel­op­ment for the IndyCar Series program. Dick, who has over 37 years of racing expe­ri­ence, was the race engi­neer for Team Rahal driver Max Papis in 2001, and the combi­na­tion produced two wins and one pole.

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Successful USCC debut: BMW Team RLL Comes Second and Fourth at the Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona (US), 26th January 2014. BMW Motor­sport and BMW Team RLL expe­ri­enced a successful start to the United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC), securing an impres­sive podium result in what was the start of a new era in Amer­ican motor racing. The number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM crossed the line second in the GTLM at the 24-hour race of Daytona (US), after completing a total of 679 laps of the iconic “Daytona Inter­na­tional Speedway” road course. Bill Auberlen (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Joey Hand (US) and Maxime Martin (BE) strug­gled to match the pace of their direct oppo­si­tion on the long straights, due to the signif­i­cant top speed deficit of their BMW Z4 GTLM. However, BMW Team RLL made up for this thanks to a great strategy, consis­tent lap times and a largely flaw­less perfor­mance by the crew, securing its maiden USCC podium in the process. GTLM victory in the Amer­ican endurance classic was secured by Porsche’s Nick Tandy (GB), Richard Lietz (AT) and Patrick Pilet (FR). At the finish line, final stint drivers Hand and Pilet were sepa­rated by only 2.838 seconds.

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