Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 18, 2019
RAHAL FINISHED NINTH IN THE RAIN-SHORTENED ABC SUPPLY 500 AT POCONO RACEWAY; SATO INVOLVED IN OPENING LAP CRASH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We need a little more pace. We were a little slow on the straights for some reason but we’ll keep digging into it. I had a bad restart (went from fifth to ninth), but it wasn’t that bad actually. I was pulling up on the guys in front of me but I just got driven around and was in a position where I was a little bit of a sitting duck and lost a bunch of spots and that killed our race from then-on frankly. We were scrambling just to get ourselves back in position. I had another good restart later and went from 13th to 9th and made some of those spots back up.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “First of all, I am worried about Felix. Hopefully he is okay. I am sorry for all the guys fighting for the championship. Ryan and I were obviously racing at the exit of Turn 1 and it looks like Alexander had a slow start. We both went right and left (of Rossi) and I thought it was all clear. All the seams also are putting the car really easy to get the lane change and everybody gets close. Unfortunately, it looks like we made contact for that.”
NEXT UP: The Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway will take place on Saturday, August 31.