Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
DXC Technology 600 – Texas Motor Speedway
Round 9 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, June 8, 2019
RAHAL EARNED HIS FIRST PODIUM OF THE SEASON WITH THIRD PLACE IN THE DXC TECHNOLOGY 600; SATO LED UNTIL A PIT INCIDENT ON HIS FIRST STOP DROPPED HIM TO THE BACK AND HE ULTIMATELY FINISHED 15TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a great run by the Fleet Cost & Care guys. We raced smart tonight and made moves when we had to. The guys did a hell of a job in the pits and made our lives easier. That first stop was phenomenal; we jumped a lot of guys. I’m proud of this organization. We’ve kept our heads down and finally I think we’ve been rewarded a little bit. Honda was great tonight and the fuel mileage was great. On that first stint, even with the parade and pace I think we went 63 laps or something which was awesome so hats off to Honda for giving us that. Our guys have worked awfully hard and I’m extremely proud of them.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m deeply sorry. The guys built a great car today and then I blew it. I overshot the pit and fortunately no one was seriously injured.”
RLL AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: The DXC Technology 600 marked the 17th event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval. The team’s highest start of pole came in 2007 with Scott Sharp and 2019 with Sato and the highest finish of first came in 2016 with Graham Rahal. The team earned another front row start in 2004 when Buddy Rice qualified second. Overall the team has earned six top-five finishes and 10, top-10’s at the track.
NEXT UP: The series will take next weekend off before returning to action at Road America for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America June 21-23.