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Harvest GP – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE 1 NOTES/QUOTES – October 2, 2020
RAHAL LED FIVE LAPS AND FINISHED SEVENTH IN RACE 1 OF THE HARVEST GP; SATO FINISHED 18TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough day. I spun early and luckily it didn’t end up hurting us. We were able to pass a lot of guys today but in the end, we had to go to blacks (primary tires) and I think it hurt us and we also ran out of overtake. We still got Dixie (Dixon) back when he made his mistake, but it was definitely hard. (Will) Power was flying hard. His straight-line speed was extremely strong, so it was hard for us to get by him but we’re back at it tomorrow morning. We will try to qualify up front and give ourselves a better shot to try to win this thing get this United Rentals car up front tomorrow.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Consulting Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough day. From where we were starting, we tried to go to a two-stop strategy, which according to the calculation was seven to eight laps short anyway. We hoped we could make some of the fuel number up with yellows but regardless, we couldn’t make it, so we had to shift to the three-stop strategy. But by the time we did, we lost so much time on track. And then of course we had to go to an aggressive downforce setting to make up places but maybe we tipped over on that. The car was extremely tough to manage and also, we lost one set of reds (alternate tires) from yesterday which hurt us. All in all, it was a tough race, but it was definitely great data for tomorrow’s qualifying and race. We need to qualify in the top-10. After today, all of the field will move up even tighter because they have all the data. But we believe we can be more competitive tomorrow.”
RLL AT THE IMS ROAD COURSE…. The Harvest GP will mark the eighth and ninth NTT INDYCAR SERIES races on the 2.439-mile road course. The team’s best finish here is second in 2015 and July 4, 2020 by Rahal and best start is fourth in 2020, also by Rahal.
NEXT UP: Qualifying for Race 2 will take place from 10:20-10:50 AM and NBC will begin coverage of the 75-lap Race 2 of the Harvest GP at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.