Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Genesys 300 – Texas Motor Speedway
Round 3 of 21 in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, May 1, 2021
RAHAL AND SATO FINISHED FIFTH AND NINTH IN THE GENESYS 300 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; RAHAL WILL START FROM 9TH PLACE FOR SUNDAY’S XPEL 375 AND SATO 11TH
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think the last two stints we were the best car on track. The second to last stint, I got up to Alex and tried to get around him but the yellow came out. I think the Fleet Cost & Care guys did a great job today. Honestly, on the first stint we struggled which is why we had to pit early. The left front tire just kind of gave out on me but from there on it was damn good. It’s (Sunday’s race) going to be temperature sensitive. I would anticipate tomorrow is going to be very different. Even today, those last couple of stints, the way that the car was, was completely different. Honda did a great job; the motor was fast man. To go by Newgarden the way I did, I was super pleased with that. But tomorrow is a different animal. We’ll go back and work on the Fleet Cost & Care machine a little bit. The boys did a great job in the pits, and hopefully we can have a better run tomorrow. We start further forward tomorrow so that’s a positive.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough one. We got off the line pretty well and immediately got to the top-10; that was a really good start. But then we tried to undercut and dive into the pit and that was exactly when the yellow happened so we lost a lap, we were at the back of the queue and it was very unfortunate. But then after that, with a yellow, we got the lap back (wave around) so that was a little fortunate for us. We tried to extend the stint but then we had a huge cut in the left front tire that gave a lot of vibration and we were lucky we didn’t get more damage on that one even further but we lost another few track positions. But then after that, the last two stints we came back quite strong. Finishing P9 was not exactly what we wanted but I think we gathered really good data. I know everyone will be better tomorrow but hopefully we will be another step forward.”
NEXT UP: The XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway will take place on Sunday. Live coverage will begin on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET.