Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES — Sunday, April 24, 2016
RAHAL FINISHED SECOND IN THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA AFTER LEADING FOUR OF THE LAST NINE LAPS; SUBSTANTIAL FRONT WING DAMAGE LIMITED POTENTIAL
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We let him (Pagenaud) off the hook a little bit today. We let one slip there and it’s frustrating. When we got in the front, I thought we could stay there. We had a great car and it was definitely the most consistent car in the long run and I knew I could put on a charge there at the end with Simon stuck in traffic but ultimately we came up just a hair short. Just had a brain lapse there for a second and I got into the back of Jack. He was making a nice gesture and letting us by. He went to the outside of Turn 5 so I thought he was going to stay there but he cut across. It’s my fault; I will regret this one later. Ultimately Simon had a run on me that lap anyway so who knows what might have happened but I felt I still probably could have come back but when I lost the front wing, that was that. Our right front flap broke on Lap 40 or so and we were running the majority of the race without it being as it should have been so it was a tough battle to stay with those guys in the first place. I’m proud of these Mi-Jack boys. They keep working hard and here we are. It’s a great result for us but we should have won today.”
RLL AT BARBER: Rahal earned back-to-back second place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park today after starting sixth. In 2015, Graham Rahal brought the team its previous best starting position of eighth and best finishing position of second here. In 2014, Rahal finished 17th after running as high as 10th but was hit by two cars. Servia started 19th, ran as high as 14th and finished 20th. In 2013, Rahal set a lap time fast enough to progress to Round 2 and qualify in the top-12 if he had been in Group 2 but he was in Group 1 and ultimately qualified 21st. He had to pit for a new nose on the opening lap after the field checked up and he hit Oriol Servia. He moved up to 12th place but ran out of fuel on the final lap due to a malfunction in the fueling system and dropped to 21st. James Jakes qualified 11th in 2013 but had to pit early in the race when the camber shims fell out of the left rear upright which put him two laps down to the leader. He soldiered on through fueling issues, set the fastest lap of the race and finished 23rd. In 2012, Takuma Sato set the third fastest time in Friday’s first practice for the team and was fastest in the wet second session but traffic limited his qualifying performance to 16th. In the race he passed four cars for 12th place on red alternate tires but struggled on primary tires and ultimately retired in 24th place due to mechanical failure after 52/90 laps.
NEXT UP: The team will test at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 3 before the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, May 12-14. Rahal finished third there last year.