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Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
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RACE NOTES/QUOTES — Sunday, April 17, 2016
PENNGRADE DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 15TH IN THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS NINTH IN A FUEL ECONOMY RACE
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 PennGrade Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think we just made some mistakes today overall and put ourselves in a bit of a bind. With our strategy, we really needed a yellow but it’s what we needed to do to try to make up some ground after starting 17th and we did there for a while. We coasted across the finish line with no fuel and barely made it. It kind of stunk for me today because I had a great car, I just couldn’t do anything. As a series we need to look at the way that we generate the downforce on these cars. We need to get rid of so much top side downforce, put the underwings back on. We all have the parts so it’s a no-expense addition that will allow everybody to follow closer and make the racing better. And the races need to be longer. That race flew by and it shouldn’t be borderline two stops, make it three and if you make it three the strategy calls would be a lot more fun and guys will be driving hard all the time. There will be more action for the fans. I’m proud of the PennGrade boys because they worked hard this weekend. I put them in a hole yesterday. And once again the stops were great.”
NEXT UP: The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama will take place on April 24. Rahal started eighth in 2015 and finished second after passing Power, Hunter-Reay, Castroneves and Dixon after this final stop.
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