Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, September 18, 2016
RAHAL FINISHED SECOND IN THE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA INDYCAR SEASON FINALE AND FIFTH IN SERIES STANDINGS
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “For Steak ‘n Shake, United Rentals, Hyatt, PennGrade, all our other sponsors, and especially everyone we had here this weekend supporting us, it was a great way to finish the season. That means a lot. They have been supportive through thick and thin and they came out to support us today. It was also cool to have Sergeant Rose with us. He is paralyzed and he stood for the national anthem with us which was pretty awesome. We would have liked to get another win but we were struggling with the rear (of the car). Overall we had our ups and downs (this season) but I’m really proud of this team and proud to be the top Honda once again. We led the charge for them the last couple of years and they did a great job. I wanted to get (Simon) Pagenaud for the win but when I would get close, my car would get massively loose. I thought at one point that it was just best that I salvage a second place than do something stupid. We’re a one car team and obviously today we were fighting with the big boys — with Penske — who is the standard. To run like we did means a lot. It feels great to go into the off-season like this. Once again we proved that with the quality of the people we have in this organization, keeping their heads down and working hard puts us in the position to fight for wins. I’m proud and honored to work with these guys. We will be better next year.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT SONOMA … The race marked the ninth Indy car event for RLL here. The highest start for the team is FIFTH (2016) by Graham Rahal, who also matched the team’s best finish here of second place by Buddy Rice in 2005.
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