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REV Group Grand Prix at Road America – RACE 1
NTT INDYCAR SERIES – Round 3 of 14
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 11, 2020
RAHAL MATCHED HIS BEST START AT ROAD AMERICA OF FOURTH PLACE AND FINISHED SEVENTH IN RACE 1 OF THE REV GROUP GRAND PRIX; SATO STARTED 15TH AND FINISHED NINTH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL QUARTZ Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “With the TOTAL QUARTZ machine, we probably had a car that could win but there was a problem on the first stop that wasn’t ideal that took us from running second to 11th and we ultimately recovered to seventh. It was a frustrating day. When I was in second place, we were definitely on a mission and things were looking great. Having said that, we did finish every lap so we did raise a lot of money for Turns for Troops with United Rentals. And we had a good points day. In general we caught Pagenaud and a couple of the other guys. Dixie (Scott Dixon) is in a world of his own right now and all of the bounces are certainly going his way too. And that happens in racing. It happened for us in 2015 and we’re working on getting back in that position. We’ll swap the AERO vinyl to Fifth Third Bank overnight and try to capitalize on a good setup to get this car to the front. When need to get the car a little better, find a little rear grip overnight. Overall, I thought the engineers and mechanics have done a great job. The car has been super-reliable. Brian, my Honda engineer, has done an amazing job this year. We’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep going.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s good to be back at Road America, everybody’s favorite. It was a tough qualifying for me. We didn’t get the balance we wanted unfortunately, and I started from 15th. Lap 1 was terrible. I was side-by-side and was kind of pushed out and went all the way back which was a bit like last week. But then we gradually came back and I think the team gave me a great strategy for that. One time the air duct on the helmet fell out and it was really, really hot. Overall, I think we got some very good data to come back and use tomorrow. I look forward to qualifying again. I think we will have a chance to start in front.”
NEXT UP: Race 2 of the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America will take place tomorrow with live coverage beginning at 12 noon ET on NBC.