Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Genesys 300 – Texas Motor Speedway
Round 1 of 14 in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, June 6, 2020
RAHAL HINDERED BY RACE CAR ISSUES ON THE GRID THAT LIMITED HIS FINISH TO 17TH PLACE IN THE GENESYS 300; THE TEAM WAS UNABLE TO REPAIR SATO’S RACE CAR IN TIME FOR THE RACE AFTER A CRASH IN QUALIFYING
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “This one got away from us for sure. Our car was fast and I think the guys did a great job but we just had a lot of unforced errors and a couple of stop-and-go penalties. The car wouldn’t start on the grid and needed to be reprogrammed. I said to the guys that the car was built perfectly; the car was fast today. I’m disappointed to come out of here with no points for either car considering we had fast race cars Off we go to the GMR Grand Prix and turn this around.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m sorry to all the fans that I couldn’t race. The boys did all they could to repair the car after the crash in qualifying. It’s really hard to believe and understand what happened. It was before the actual timed lap; it was only the warm-up and usually you build up speed and feel the car. When I approached Turn 1, I immediately lost the rear end. Perhaps I was maybe a little outside to make a better felling of it but unfortunately the track today was extremely slippery which I really didn’t know. Unfortunately, I crashed into the wall. In normal circumstances I think the boys would be able to quickly repair the car but since it was a compressed one-day event and not enough time before the race, they did absolutely everything they could up until the last minute so I want to thank them. I have been waiting for eight months to race and have to wait another three weeks now and am extremely disappointed. I also feel bad for my teammate Graham. He had an absolutely fantastic qualifying and he drove the race so hard but it was unfortunate neither car scored points today. I’ve been pretty disappointed today but I have to stay focused and come back stronger in three weeks’ time.”
NEXT UP: The GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place on July 4.