Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Iowa 300 – Iowa Speedway
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 21, 2019
RAHAL FINISHED EIGHTH DESPITE LATE RACE ISSUE IN THE IOWA 300 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY; SATO RAN AS HIGH AS SECOND AND HAD PITTED FROM THIRD PRIOR TO BEING HIT FROM BEHIND AND ULTIMATELY RETIRED FROM THE RACE IN 20TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We had a pretty good night going for most of the night. We had a little bit of a struggle early on with the balance. We had a lot of understeer early in the race but I think we fought pretty hard tonight. We had an engine issue for the last 100 laps or so. When we tried to get by Rossi was when it started to appear. It was something with the injectors or left side header but we were losing power. As people could see, on the last restart we just got run over. We had no power. The guys did an amazing job with the pit stops and that last pit stop was awesome. Our luck will change at some point. Mid-Ohio is next week and I’m excited to go home.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We had a good start but the balance was not really what we needed so we had to stop a little bit early in the sequence but it was working out okay. Ultimately, we got hit from behind and had so much damage. I tried to hang in there but ultimately couldn’t do it. I’m sorry for the boys who did a great job and all the fans that remained tonight. It was a shame. Ryan and Will were side by side and I was directly behind. I had to back off a little bit and it was all under control but unfortunately the guy behind maybe couldn’t see it.”
NEXT UP: The Honda 200 will take place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next weekend and will air on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET.