Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Kohler Grand Prix at Road America
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 26, 2016
RAHAL FINISHED THIRD IN THE KOHLER GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Gehl / D-A Lubricant Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s great to get a good result. I’m pleased with what we did today and accomplished for the Gehl team. We can’t thank Gehl and PennGrade enough for making this happen for us. It was cool to have the yellow Gehl car back on track. For us, and our year, I think this was pretty big. We’ve been fast everywhere we’ve just had a lot of stuff go against us. We ran the new reds (Firestone alternate tires) first and I think that hurt us a little bit. The middle stint kind of hurt us. Pagenaud and I, for like 20 some laps, he was right behind me and I was giving it everything I possibly had – there were sections I was better than him and then sections he clearly had me. I think in Canada Corner I was weak all weekend, but again, we battled hard and had a good day. The tire strategy hurt us and that’s how Pagenaud got back around us. We just made the wrong tire call and it definitely hurt. It is what it is and we still came out of here third. We learned from it and will come back stronger next year. It’s great to be back at Road America. This is my second, third-place finish in my Indy car career here and it’s cool to be back for sure. The fans are just amazing. We wanted to win today but it was a good points day overall. This is our second podium of the year and hopefully we can get on a bit of a run here when we need it. We’re going to keep fighting hard and do the best that we can and try to get Honda a win this year.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ROAD AMERICA … This will mark the team’s 13th time to compete in an Indy car race here and first since 2003. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned raced here from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Kenny Brack in 2001 and best finish of second place by Bobby Rahal in 1996. The team has earned a total of five podium finishes here (2nd – Rahal 1996; 3rd – Rahal 1992-1993, Kenny Brack 2000; Graham Rahal 2016).
NEXT UP: The team will test at Iowa Speedway next Wednesday, June 29. The Iowa Corn 300, Round 10 of 16, will take place on Sunday, July 10.
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