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Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Race 2
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 13, 2020
RAHAL ADDED ANOTHER FOURTH PLACE FINISH AT MID-OHIO IN RACE 2 OF THE HONDA INDY 200; SATO FINISHED 18TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The Fifth Third Bank car was strong today. We were able to pass a few guys on the second stint but didn’t feel great on those reds towards the end. I was struggling a little bit and I think that hurt us. I think we had more pace than those guys (top-three) but the track position was hard. All in all, I thought our strategy was good, the pit stops were good and the Fifth Third Bank car was good. Two fourth-place finishes here is not too bad. We would have liked to gain a little more points on the guys ahead but we’ll take it. I think we closed the gap to some. That was as physical of a weekend as you are going to have. Congrats to Colton (Herta) on a great run. This weekend we raised $7500 for Turns for Troops with United Rentals so that’s another thing to be happy about.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Everyone pit under the second yellow. Strategy-wise, staying out allowed us to try something and we led the race for a while and made over five seconds of gap, which was needed. But unfortunately, after the second sequence, we hit huge traffic where everybody was going in and out, in and out (of the pits) and we lost a couple of seconds. And then by the time everything was finished we went back to where we were. It’s a shame but we had to try. It was a tough weekend for us.”
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