Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing endured a tough race at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Starting the race from 26th place, Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Theodore Racing Honda made his way through the field and finished the race in 14th place.

Speaking following the event he commented by saying:

It just wasn’t our day. We just never had the pace all day which is kind of weird. We broke a left rear winglet in the pits. Someone was pushing the car and then we had to stop because Pippa (in the next pit) was coming in. The winglet was broken in the process which really hurt us because we lost a lot of downforce there but it also then left a blunt end on the car so it had a lot of drag and the car was really slow on the straights. Then we fought our way back up to the front and that final yellow killed us because we needed to pit and they didn’t open the pits. I don’t know why, but they waited an extra lap over what they normally do so we had to pit for a splash of fuel to make it until we could come in for a full stop.  We kept our heads down and kept pushing. Our goal was to put the Steak ‘n Shake car in Victory Lane and we didn’t do it.  We’re going to have to wait another year to think about this. We missed a golden opportunity here. We had a great race car but there were just too many little errors today, not necessarily any one thing.  Hell, I’m just happy we finished.  I think three or four guys crashed in front of me. Every time, it was everything I could do to get the car slowed down without hitting them.  We couldn’t get the fuel mileage to make it to the end so we just bailed on that strategy and tried to run hard but it was too little, too late. I hate gas mileage races and feel pretty bad for some guys.

Spencer Pigot competing in his very first Indianapolis 500 started the race from 29th place and worked his way up to finish the race in 25th place in the No.16 RLL/Mi-Jack / Manitowoc Honda and speaking following the race he commented by saying:

The race was pretty eventful; it was pretty crazy out there. We continued to make the car better. We were struggling on the first stint but got it better throughout the race. We made some changes on the wings and we could definitely pass a bit better and run closer as the stints went on so I was pleased with that. But unfortunately we ran out of fuel on the back straight on a yellow that came out and closed the pits just as we were running out. I got stuck there and had to get pulled in and lost a few laps. Overall it was a great experience and I am glad we were able to finish the race. I think we had the potential to finish somewhere around 15th.  I want to give a big thanks to all of the guys for their great stops and hard work for the Indy 500 and to Manitowoc, Mi-Jack, Grove and everyone for their support.

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