GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a great day for the United Rentals team. As you guys could see, running down the inside at Turn 1 was a risky maneuver. I had a shot at Bourdais but I kept saying to myself ‘Just take fourth, just take fourth. Take the points and move on.’ There was a lot of action there. Then I saw Rossi and thought ‘Oh, here we go. This could be perfect.’ And sure enough, bam! We got a little luck and you have to have that. We haven’t had a good start to the season in a long time. I guess the last time was 2008 when I won this thing. Our whole team did a fabulous job and it was an awesome day for Honda. Our Turns for Troops program which raises money to help our wounded veteran get back on their feet raised $5000-something bucks today so that’s a big thing for us. Let’s move on to the next one and keep adding up the points.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a wild race. The start was actually pretty sketchy. Will (Power) spun in front of us and did a great job to not hit anything. We gained a position there then we lost it again. After the restart it looked like our pace was okay. It was a fun battle through the field but then we got hit by Dixon and got a right rear puncture and it also damaged the diffuser. It was a shame after qualifying in the Fast Six. Then we were running in the middle of the pack and tried to recover by doing a different pit strategy but nothing worked and we finished 12th. Big congrats to Graham. He was having a difficult weekend and brought the team a fantastic result. I think we learned a lot. There are a lot of positives. We will keep on pushing.”
NEXT UP: Round 2 of 17 in the Verizon IndyCar Series will be the Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway on Saturday, April 7. During the series open test at ISM Raceway in February, Takuma Sato set the fastest time in three of the four sessions and Graham Rahal was fastest in the other.
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