Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway – RACE 1
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 29, 2020
SATO FINISHED SECOND IN A THRILLING DUEL WITH EVENTUAL WINNER DIXON WHOSE MARGIN OF VICTORY WAS 0.14 IN RACE 1 OF THE BOMMARITO 500; DEBRIS OVERHEATED RAHAL’S GCU AND HE FINISHED 18TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m clearly disappointed with the end result. I thought that after the start, when a lot of our competitors were involved in that crash, I thought that maybe we would have a good day and be able to put our heads down and work through things but, instead, on Lap 29 we had GCU problems. Somehow a napkin got in there and lodged itself in the GCU cooling tube and overheated one and then overheated another. Unfortunately, it was just one of those days that we struggled with the chassis handling but also just had poor luck with sucking up a napkin. It’s certainly frustrating and disappointing but there is always tomorrow.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Obviously the team did a fantastic job. Since last week, we carried a lot of momentum. Big congrats to Scott and the Ganassi boys. We lost some places in the beginning of the race but we fought strong. The ABeam car was phenomenal. There was no doubt that I was disappointed to be second after the guys did a fantastic job today. Sometimes I make a mistake, sometimes there is a mechanical failure. Yes, there was an issue on the pit stop but everybody is on the same team. The 30 boys did a fantastic job two weeks in a row so I’m very proud of our effort.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK … The team contended for back-to-back Bommarito 500’s wins after winning here last year with 2020 Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato and finished second. It was the second, second place finish for the team here after Kenny Brack finished second in 2003 and ninth event here for RLL.
NEXT UP: Race 2 of the Bommarito 500 doubleheader will take the Green Flag at 3:45 p.m. ET Sunday. NBC Sports Network will begin live coverage at 3 p.m. ET. Sato will start from pole and Rahal will start 23rd.