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Iowa Corn 300 – Iowa Speedway
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RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 18, 2015
RAHAL SECOND IN INDYCAR SERIES STANDINGS AFTER FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN THE IOWA CORN 300 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY; UNLAPPED HIMSELF TWICE AFTER TWO DIFFERENT PROBLEMS
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “That was my hardest race ever. First we had the right rear go down and then the car just wouldn’t shift. You don’t know how tough that is around here when you’re in traffic and you need to go down to fifth, fourth gear at times and I couldn’t do anything. It was a killer for me. We were quicker than (winner) Hunter-Reay, that’s for sure, which is frustrating. When the car was working right, we passed all those guys but dude I’m spent. I’m ready for a good beer and a nice sleep. The car was good, very competitive, very consistent tonight over the long run and that’s what helped me. On my starts and restarts I tried to be a little aggressive and go high (on track) there and it worked out for me. Nights like tonight are what build character, and what builds champions so I hope we can get there. It speaks volumes for this team that we are second in the points. We can win Honda a championship. We’ve got three more races to go and are going to two tracks I think we can be really strong at, and Pocono. A day like today when the car wouldn’t shift and we were down and out but were able to fight back shows what this team is made of. I think that is something I have learned in my time in this series. Hopefully we can keep it going three more. I’m so proud of this Mi-Jack Steak ‘n Shake team to be second in the standings. We’re just going to keep our heads down and go forward.”
NEXT UP: The series will take next weekend off before returning to action for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 2. Graham Rahal’s best start at his home tack is fourth in 2009 and his best finish is fifth in 2014.
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