Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Round 4 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, April 14, 2019
RAHAL TOOK THE CHECKERED FLAG THIRD BUT WAS DROPPED TO A FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN THE ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; SATO FINISHED EIGHTH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was kind of an unfortunate end to our day to get the penalty but ultimately I think that everybody on this TOTAL Oil team worked really hard this weekend. They knew we were here; we were competitive once again. On the penalty, I stand by my move. I’ve reviewed it, I’ve watched it. I’ve watched the head on clip, the overhead clip. I moved right as quick as I could out of the corner and then I gave him (Dixon) a lane. By the rules you’re allowed to make your move, which I did on the exit of the corner. That was it. Look, I’m not upset about it. We had a good day. Our car wasn’t great today, but it was decent and the TOTAL Oil team pushed hard. That’s all we can say. Did I block? Yes, I blocked; you’re allowed to block in this series. You’re allowed to make a move, (and) I made a move. That’s allowed. I didn’t go back to the left; there’s a lane to the left. He had overtake (left), I didn’t. If he wanted to go (there) he could go. At the end of the day, P4. Do we deserve P3? Probably, but you know what, it was a good day and good points for us. We haven’t had a lot of luck this season, so I’ll just take it as it is and move on. We’ve got the (Indy) Grand Prix, we’ve got the 500. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll go get a couple of wins there.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough race, no moves really. I got off the line in eighth and had a good battle with Simon (Pagenaud) in the first two stints. We tried to undercut on the second stop but unfortunately instead we lost a place to Will (Power) and that was it. There were no yellows and I tried everything I could but it was difficult to get the balance. We had to go to the black tire in the end (stint) because we knew the reds were faster but we just couldn’t get the balance. We will have a road course and speedway test at Indianapolis Motors Speedway. The month of May is always exciting. We are carrying good momentum now so hopefully we have a good, strong test that we can transfer to good results.”
NEXT UP: The team will test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on April 24 and road course on April 29.