Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 1, 2019
SATO EARNED HIS THIRD PODIUM FINISH OF THE SEASON WITH THIRD PLACE IN DUAL ONE OF THE DETROIT GRAND PRIX DOUBLEHEADERS; RAHAL WAS SEVENTH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The car in the wet wasn’t great; the rear was pretty sketchy in the rain. When Ed Jones went off, I think everybody was close to doing the same thing. Once it went dry, the car was very good. It just seemed like we gave up a little in the rain but when it dried out we were pretty good. Tomorrow it’s going to be dry and I think we’ll be strong. The changes that we made were better in the race than in qualifying this morning so hopefully that carries over. I will try to get a good night’s sleep tonight and be ready to go again tomorrow.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We started from ninth which was far from ideal, particularly at this circuit where this team is always strong. I think the rain definitely helped us and then we made some good position gains. The car ran well in both conditions so it’s a great credit to the team. The pits stop was great and I was able to charge. The first two cars might have been a bit too fast and I wasn’t able to catch them but in the end it was a great battle overall. Thanks to the Detroit fans for staying after some extremely difficult (weather) conditions here.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT DETROIT … The 2019 event will mark the 20th year for RLL to compete at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and the team’s 26th and 27th races here. The team’s highest start of pole came in 2017 with Graham Rahal earning his first pole since 2009 in Race 1. 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 is the only driver to have won both races on the same weekend, which he did in 2017. In total, the team has earned EIGHT podiums (2nd – G. Rahal 2014, Jakes 2013 & Max Papis 2000), (3rd – G. Rahal 2015, Sato 2019) nine top-five finishes and 18 top-10’s here.
NEXT UP: Qualifying for Race 2 is live on NBCSN and INDYCAR Pass from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2. Also live on the AAPIRN and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis). Dual 2 of the Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3:00 PM ET Sunday, June 2.