Late Race Puncture Results In A 12th Place Finish For Rahal At Indy As Servia Retires
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal was left disappointed in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda as the American who was running fifth in the closing stages of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil he suffered a puncture and was forced to pit and ended the race in 12th place having started the event from 14th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The car handling was good but we just didn’t have the top speeds that the other guys did. We got really unlucky with the flat tire which pretty much killed us. We had the Steak ‘n Shake car in the hunt to win up until then. When we got the flat it pretty much ruined the race for us. It’s frustrating. It’s the second flat tire we’ve had while in the top five in the closing stages of the race this season. I’m disappointed. You work your butt off to get in the top five and when you finally get there, once again it hits the fan. We got up to the top three and led a lap but that’s where we wanted to be at the end and it just didn’t work out. We’re all pushing hard out here and you could tell that from the very beginning. Guys were blocking like crazy, going nuts, so the tempo was set very high from the beginning.
Oriol Servia in the No.16 Manitowoc Honda started the race from 12th place and felt that he had a great car but was forced to retire from the race in the closing stages after being caught up in a five car accident.
Speaking following the race, the Spaniard commented by saying:
“I had a great car. In the first stint, we went backwards but then we changed the car a little bit and I think the Manitowoc car was a rocket ship. I felt so confident on restarts; we had the pace. To end the race this way is just a shame. Only one person is happy at the end of the day at this place of the 33 drivers. I was aggressive but clean all race. When (James) Davison outside he just closed, closed, closed on me and I had nowhere to go. I turned as much as I could, I was off the throttle. It just did one little move and we touched and that was it. It is what it is; you cannot go back in time unfortunately. I’m just so pleased with the effort of everyone on the team. We never gave up at the beginning and we just had an amazing pace. I’ll be back. I’m going to win this race one day, I am!”
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will now take both cars to the next race, the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix, the Dual in Detroit next weekend with Servia staying on with the team for the next race.