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Pocono INDYCAR 500 – Pocono Raceway
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 6, 2014
RAHAL RETIRED FROM THE POCONO INDYCAR 500 AT POCONO RACEWAY IN 19TH PLACE AFTER RUNNING 11TH BEFORE FINAL STINT
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I had a good start but then the helmet pad blew out of the car right away and unfortunately I fell back. I couldn’t see, I was trying to hold my head up and it took me a couple of laps to adjust. We fought back. I’m proud of the National Guard guys; we had good pit stops all day. They even did a great job getting the spare pad taped in the cockpit in a hurry. Unfortunately our luck struck again I’m not really sure what happened. The car just snapped. It swapped ends instantly. I think something broke and ended our day early. It was getting better. I feel confident that we’re getting somewhere though.”
NEXT UP: The Iowa Corn Indy 300 will take place next Saturday night, July 12 at Iowa Speedway. Last year, Graham Rahal won Heat Race 2 in Iowa to transfer to Heat Race 3 and qualified eighth. He started sixth after engine penalties were served and charged from 10th to second on his second stint. He challenged for the win and led Lap 160 until the last 20 laps where he dropped to fourth while navigating traffic and then fifth on the final lap.
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