Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway – RACE 2
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 30, 2020
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Race 2 was disappointing for the United Rentals team just because of where we started. Today is a lesson in how important qualifying is. It was hard to pass on track. The tire is very hard here and it makes it difficult for the drivers but I’ve got to say it was massively better today. If you look at our fastest lap time, it was as quick as O’Ward who finished second. It’s just a shame we started at the back. We never were able to make our way forward. We lost a lap early when we came in the pits with (leader) Newgarden and he just beat us out which put us a lap down and from there we kind of scrambled. But I’ve got to say the silver lining in all this is yes, this weekend sucked for us but we made great gains today. Twentieth doesn’t look like it but I assure you we did. Head down, focus forward and we’ll get them at the next one.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We led the race and saved a bunch of fuel but we caught the tail end of the pack. Today there was a lot of dust offline and it was very difficult to overtake. The team made the decision to stay out but it seems that everybody undercut us on the first stint and that was it. After that we tried to stretch the fuel and then go off sequence but caught traffic every time. Some of the cars were four laps down and the team said they heard they were told ‘Keep the 30 car behind’ which is not racing. It’s not sportsman-like and I’m not very happy with that. But there is nothing we can do about it.”
NEXT UP: The Harvest Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place on October 2. Graham Rahal finished second in the GMR Grand Prix there on July 4 and Takuma Sato won the Indy 500 there last weekend.