GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “On the start, there was contact ahead and then the seas parted so we got a few spots then. Our strategy was right I think but we just couldn’t hang on to the tires and got caught out in lapped traffic there in the end. The car didn’t feel great which was frustrating. It wasn’t the result we wanted of course but it was a top-10 finish and we’ll take it. We creeped to within 10 points of Takuma but lost a little ground to Hunter-Reay but we’ll be back on them in a couple of weeks’ time in Pocono ad hopefully have a good race. The crowd was phenomenal here, absolutely phenomenal. There’s nothing like being at home. We had a pretty ugly weekend on the track but the fans made my weekend and I want to thank them.
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The start was a difficult situation to predict. There was an accordian effect with cars and when I saw it, I had a good, clear gap in front of me. Looking at the replay, Hinch had to slow down because he ran wide and it looks like Marcus just cut inside and that angle was difficult for me to avoid and unfortunately we touched together which gave me a left front puncture. And then I got wide for the very next corner and picked stones up in the next corner and then we came back to the pit to change the tire. And our pace was actually faster than the leader so that was very encouraging but unfortunately the fuel rig was damaged by stones so every time we tried to fuel, we only got about 90 percent of the fuel. We tried to make it a two-stop race but obviously the fuel wasn’t full each time so we couldn’t make it. We were hoping for a yellow but we had to make a late stop for a slash of fuel. It was a tough race.”