REV Group Grand Prix at Road America
NTT IndyCar Series – Round 10 of 17
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 23, 2019
RAHAL FINISHED FOURTH IN THE REV GROUP GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA; SATO WAS PUSHED OFF TRACK WHILE SIXTH AND FINISHED 10TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 GEHL / Manitou Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was definitely a 100 percent effort all day racing with Josef and Hinch there for a little while and Colton on the new reds at the finish. Just trying to keep those guys behind you is pretty tough. Our GEHL car was pretty strong today. We’re happy with fourth but would have liked to be on the podium and thought we could be there for a while but I messed up on one of my out laps and it cost me a little bit of time. Our guys did a great job in the pits. (On closing on Newgarden at the end for third:) I was a little bit quicker but he was doing a good job and not making too many mistakes. It’s hard to try to force guys like that into a mistake because obviously they’re all veterans up front. Yeah, we were a little quicker but it’s difficult to get it completed.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The start was pretty good but unfortunately we went side-by-side with Hinchcliffe and he just pushed me off at Turn 3. That was a real pity. I was pushed off and dropped significant places down. I tried to recover the whole race. In the end, I think our tire choice was right and I was able to charge on the last stint to overtake both Bourdais and Hunter-Reay to take two positions, which was a good part of the race. But we could have finished in the top-six and it didn’t happen so it’s a shame.”
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