Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix – Phoenix Raceway
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – April 29, 2017
RAHAL WAS COLLECTED IN A FIVE CAR CRASH TRIGGERED BY ALESHIN ON THE OPENING LAP OF THE DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX; FINISHED 21ST
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I was told by my spotter ‘Go low, go low’ but Max (Chilton) was spinning in front of me to the bottom so I could not go low. My only choice was to go above him and when he released the brake pedal, his car came back up the banking. Where do you go? There was no way to stop the car on the banking. It’s not his fault, that’s just the circumstances of racing. Unfortunately we got pinched between Max and Marco (Andretti). We’re all innocent bystanders. I haven’t seen the replay yet but I heard Aleshin lost it. With all the smoke, you can’t see a thing. There are cars flying everywhere. I was just kind of hanging on. It’s a shame because we obviously wanted to get a good finish for United Rentals and all of our sponsors.”
NEXT UP: The team is scheduled to test at Gateway Motorsports Park Tuesday, May 2. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take place May 12-13.
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