Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Verizon IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 2, 2018
SATO EARNED HIS BEST FINISH OF THE SEASON OF FIFTH PLACE IN DUAL 1 OF THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX DOUBLEHEADERS; RAHAL LED BUT CONTACT AFTER HIS FINAL STOP KEPT HIM FROM A PROBABLE TOPTHREE FINISH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m okay. It was about the worst hit you could take around here. I think the car did its job. Obviously we were going to finish third, at worst, and it looks like a lot of our competitors are struggling today. I’m disappointed in myself. We’ve got to go back and look at what happened. I just lost it before I even really turned in. I don’t really know what happened. It was shaping up pretty good for the United Rentals team so it’s disappointing. We were the only ones that were bold enough to do it (start with primary tires) but it put us in a good spot in the race and then we could manage the pace from there. On the red (tire) was certainly ugly for me. It was a handful to hang on there. But it was my out lap on the last set there when I lost it and I’m not really sure what happened. It was feeling okay. We just decided to try something different, get off strategy there and it worked. In my head I had it all played out where I felt like if I could start on blacks, I could hold off others the first few laps that I could make my way through the guys and it worked out.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It wasn’t the best day for us but at least it was a solid result. After last year’s result for the team, obviously we had high expectations but we struggled a little bit and had a technical issue on the first day and I think we came back really strong. The track is now nicely rubbered down. We can expect to have quite a competitive qualifying tomorrow and hopefully we have a good car.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT DETROIT … This will be RLL’s 19th year to compete at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and the team’s 24th and 25th races. The team’s highest start of pole came last year in Dual 1 with Graham Rahal earning his first pole since 2009. Bobby and Graham Rahal have earned a combined total of three wins for the team here. Bobby won the inaugural race in 1992 and Graham won both races here last year. In total, the team has earned seven podiums (2nd – G. Rahal 2014, Jakes 2013 & Max Papis 2000), (3rd – G. Rahal 2015) nine top-five finishes and 16 top-10’s here (chart available). Prior to 2018, the team prepared a total of 28 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992-1998), Mike Groff (1993-94), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Kenny Brack (2000-01), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-08) Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2017), James Jakes (2013) and Oriol Servia (2017).
NEXT UP: Qualifying for Dual 2 will take place tomorrow from 10:45-11:15 a.m. ET and the 70 lap Dual 1 will take the Green Flag at 3:50 PM. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary by the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit Dual 2 will be televised live on ABC beginning at 3:30 PM ET Sunday, June 3.
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