A Strong Day At COTA For Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who drives the No.15 Total Honda had a great race at the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas on Sunday.
Rahal who started the race from 10th place carved his way through the field to finish in fourth place and speaking following the action he said:
I thought it was a good day, We battled. I thought we got lucky there with that yellow, all of us up front at the finish got lucky a little bit, but that’s okay, we’ll take it. Our car had pace all day. We just kept battling, kept battling with the same group, having to fight our race through the same group of guys. Realistically, we were a top-five, top-six car no matter what. Our guys worked hard to get this No. 15 TOTAL Honda to the front. I think the pit stops were really strong. We’ve got a lot of young guys on the pit stops, and they did a great job. We’ll put our heads down from here. The great sign is that RLL is competitive. We were competitive at St. Pete, we were competitive here. It’s a good start to the year. It’s great for (winner) Colton. I’ve obviously known him for a long time since his dad drove for the team, and he drives for our sports car team. Getting your first win is always special, period. No matter where it is, when it is. This is definitely a good one for him.”
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda started the race from 14th and came through the field to finish the race inside the top ten in seventh.
Speaking following the race, Sato said:
It was a very exciting race. At one point it was a shame but Harvey had an issue and he got slowed down and I was boxed in with Dixon. If it didn’t happen, I was a pinball right and left. If it didn’t happen I would have been fifth or higher. We had a failure on the air jack on the last pit stop so we lost a bunch of places. Considering that, I think the strategy and the yellow helped bring us back to seventh place. For the team, under the difficult circumstances, it was a good weekend.”