Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 30, 2017
STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED THIRD IN THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO; FIFTH TOP FIVE AND THIRD PODIUM IN PAST SEVEN RACES
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a good run and the Steak ‘;n Shake boys did a good job in the pits. The strategy was fine. Our car had great pace today we just could never quite get in clear air but I’m really proud of everyone on the Steak ‘n Shake team. Obviously to be the only team in the top five other than a Penske speaks volumes to the quality of people we have in this organization. We’re going to keep our heads down, keep working hard. It was another good day for our United Rentals Turns for Troops program. We raised a lot of money to help the veterans today. We’ll be back strong in Pocono. (On attempt to pass second place Power:) I broke as late as I could and he obviously broke late too and locked up, slid across my bow. Luckily I saw him or that could have easily been both of us out, gone. I will talk to him about that later but overall it was hard racing today. (On battle against four-car teams:) It’s hard work. Our guys are working very hard, and, in many ways, out working them. We just have to out drive them as best we can too. We were hanging on today; it was a lot of work out there. It was a good, solid day. Hats off to all of my guys because they work very hard back in the shop. We’re a 20 person team up against a 400 person team at Team Penske so quality over quantity. They’ve got great quality and they’ve got quantity. We’ve just got a lot of quality.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT MID-OHIO … The Honda Indy 200 marked the 20th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009-2012. The team has one win (G. Rahal 2015), FOUR podiums (3rd: B. Rahal 1997, 1998; G. Rahal 2017) and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd). Prior to the 2017 event, the team prepared a total of 29 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2016) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned THREE podiums (1st – G. Rahal; 3rd – Rahal 1997, 1998), 12 top-five’s and 16 top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake entry for Graham Rahal brought the Indy car total to 30 entries in 2017.
NEXT UP: The team will test at Gateway Motorsports Park on Thursday, August 3.
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