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RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 24, 2014
RAHAL PIT FROM THE LEAD FOR 2.2 GALLONS OF FUEL AFTER HE LED 18 LAPS OF THE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; FINISHED 20TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The National Guard car was great today. We fought hard and obviously we passed the guys that we needed to pass when we needed to pass them and got to the front. Unfortunately we came up short again. Man, I don’t know when things are going to break for me. We’ll just have to keep working hard, keep our heads down. I think the car has some speed. We’ve got one more race to get National Guard a win and I hope we can do it. For a second I thought it (a win) might happen. The team didn’t say anything to me for a while and I thought ‘Shoot, I might have gotten the mileage. They were just counting down the laps to go and the next thing I know, the light comes on and I’ve got to pit. All around its disappointing but that’s the way it goes. We were taking extreme measures (to stretch the fuel), we were running a yellow (situation) map and running with all kinds of stuff off to try to get an extra bit of fuel and we got what we needed to get. It just wasn’t going to be enough. I said to the team in the strategy meeting “Guys, a double, triple, or homerun doesn’t do anything for us now. Only a Grand Slam does.’ But we missed.”
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