Rahal Eager To Get Going
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who drives the No.15 United Rentals Honda says he is eager to get going with the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.
The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg marks the opening race of the season this weekend and speaking about the upcoming race Rahal said:
“I am eager to get going. While the offseason has been good, it’s also been busier than in-season for me. I am excited to just turn my focus completely to racing and doing our best to go out there and win this year. We have a great opportunity ahead of us, a strong team, great sponsor support, and I have a feeling it should be an awesome year for our program. I feel like there are a lot of areas we have improved over the offseason. Preseason testing has gone well, Allen (McDonald, race engineer), Eddie (Jones, race engineer), Tom (German, technical director), the entire engineering staff and team have done a great job banging their heads together and finding some new and exciting ideas for us. We have done a lot of development and I foresee that paying off big for us. We have done well at St. Pete, but more importantly, it’s just one of my favorite venues and race weekends. I’m glad to be going back to a place we did well at last year, and I am hopeful we can do one spot better this time around. I certainly do not see why winning my second at St. Pete isn’t possible!”
Rahal is once again joined at the team by Takuma Sato who is driving the No.30 Panasonic/Seeman Holtz Honda and speaking ahead of the race, the Japanese driver said:
I am extremely excited about the new 2019 season. I had a great offseason in both the U.S. and Japan but it was really non-stop as usual, so I feel it quickly turned around to March. The team did a lot of winter development and preparation and I think we had very productive preseason tests. St. Petersburg is always a perfect venue for the opening race. It has such a great atmosphere and the track presents an exciting race all the time. I really feel good about this year as it’s my second year with RLL after my return and everything works seamlessly so I’m really looking forward to going back to racing at St. Petersburg this weekend.”