Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place
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RACE NOTES/QUOTES for Race 2 of “2 in T.O.” – Sunday, July 14, 2013
RAHAL FINISHED 13TH IN RACE 2 OF THE “TWO IN T.O” HONDA INDY TORONTO; JAKES RETIRED AFTER CONTACT WHILE 19TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The standing start was okay. The traditional rolling start was more fun for me to be honest but I think the fans enjoyed it. It really didn’t change Turn 1 at all. We just struggled again for a little bit of pace, a little bit of grip. We lost a little ground in those middle stints when we were stuck in traffic but we went quick at the very end so I’m pretty happy with that but certainly we want to finish better than we did. It was really physical. This was probably the most physical weekend of racing I have ever had. I’m going to need to drink a lot of fluid tonight.”
JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I just hit the curb and it ripped the (steering) wheel straight out of my hands. I’ve seen some wrist injuries in the last few days and hopefully we can sort that out. The kick-back is unbelievable in these things and when you aren’t quite dialed in with the dampers it’s a nightmare. It was a frustrating day. It was up about 10 ambient so it was obviously going to be a bit more physical and hot. I had a good standing start but I got blocked in again in Turn 1 which is the same story as yesterday. I went to the inside and got hosed. It’s frustrating. The weekend started well; we qualified fifth for the first race but had the penalty but it ended bad for us. We’ll just head on to Mid-O (Mid-Ohio). My wrist is okay.”
NEXT UP: The series will take the next two weekends off and reconvene at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 2-4 for the Honda Indy 200. It will mark the 16th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at what is considered the team’s home track due to the proximity to the Hilliard, Ohio race shop. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race at Mid-Ohio in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races there in 2007 and from 2009-2012. The highest IndyCar finish for the team is two third place finishes (Rahal 1997, 1998) and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd).
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