Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE 2 NOTES/QUOTES – June 4, 2017
RAHAL DOMINATED WITH BACK-TO-BACK WINS AT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX DOUBLEHEADERS; A PIT PENALTY LIMITED SERVIA TO 19TH PLACE
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Buckeyes like to win in this state. It was just a good weekend – thanks to the crowd, thanks to Roger Penske, Bud Denker and everybody for putting this on. It’s a tremendous event. And thank Mother Nature – we’ve never had this kind of luck around here. It was a great day, I’m really proud to get another win for the United Rentals guys, Turns For Troops, PennGrade, Steak n’ Shake, Hyatt, Fifth Third Bank, Honda – everybody that makes this possible. It’s a special day for us. We’re the first one to win the double (in Detroit) and it means a lot. It feels great, trust me. Any day you can beat a Penske driver it means a lot. After the race and lead we had, it blew up in the last two laps and the red flag comes out. I’m glad we came out on top. I didn’t think he (Josef) had anything for us as long as we could clear traffic. Our lead went down from 18 seconds to six or so just due to traffic but in the clear I could gap them again. I knew it would be tough but I thought we could hold him off. The marbles were bad so those (last two) laps were ugly, they were ugly! But we won and it feels great. All around it was just a spectacular weekend for us.”
ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m very happy for the team and Graham and very disappointed in our day. We didn’t get the one lap in qualifying after the red flag and in the race we got a drive through penalty for speeding that we cannot understand. We looked through the data and think there may have been a problem with the cruise control because we never sped so, without a yellow, there was no way to recover from that. It was a tough day at the office but I’m really happy with the team and the work they have done. Graham had a dominating weekend and I’m very happy for him.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT DETROIT … Graham Rahal brought the team its 25th victory today with back-to-back wins in Detroit.
NEXT UP: Graham Rahal will return to Texas Motor Speedway as the defending champion for the Rain Guard Water Sealers 600 on Saturday, June 10 after winning the 2016 race in the closest finish in track history.
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