Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – May 30, 2021
RAHAL, SATO AND FERRUCCI EACH LED THE INDY 500 BUT FACED SEPARATE CHALLENGES; FERRUCCI FINISHED 6TH, SATO 14TH AND RAHAL 32ND
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The Indy 500 ends in disappointment. A little more so today because I really think we had them today, I really do. We were good on one more stop and everybody else needed two. I can’t tell you how bad this one stings, but we win as a team, we lose as a team. From a strategy standpoint we saved the fuel, we were kicking their butts on the fuel save, we were looking really good at the end to maybe even do just one more stop. I know there’s a long way to go but the fuel numbers we were getting; we actually short pitted the last time and could have gone a little bit further but these day. These (to do this well in the Indy 500) don’t come around very often. Definitely, today I thought we had ’em. I’m glad I’m okay. The boys did an excellent job all month – I’m not disappointed in them. I know there is a lot of pressure on their shoulders. Everyone’s trying hard but I think this one’s going to sting. It’s great (to have fans at the race), the fans make this whole event and without them last year it was a real bummer. To have them this year is just amazing. I really wanted to see that United Rentals car in Victory Lane, but we came up just short – that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “First of all, huge congratulations to Helio Castroneves. That’s a living legend, winning four times. It’s incredible. It was great to share the spectacular time with him, and with the fans too. Today, the atmosphere is just incredible. Same as what it used to be. The race was bitter and sour for us. Its was really a tough decision to go through the final stint to save the fuel. We had to rely on a miracle for a yellow, which didn’t happen. Before that we were P6-P7, actually just behind Helio. The team tried really hard to pull off the win but today wasn’t the day so it’s a huge disappointment of course but we need to learn and move on.”
SANTINO FERRUCCI, No. 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Today was an
“It feels incredible. We had a great race! We were really quick, we just couldn’t get lucky on the starts and restarts. Strategy played a big part in this race, and we were able to save enough fuel to run as hard as we could at the end there. We were slowly reeling in the lead group, just needed a few more laps.”
NOTES: This was the fastest Indy 500 in history and also the largest sporting event worldwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with 135,000 fans.
NEXT UP: The series will take next weekend off before returning to action on the streets of Detroit for a doubleheader on June 12-13 double-header Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, with races both Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.