Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda started Saturday’s race in Detroit from ninth place and finished on the podium in third place and speaking following the race he said:
Graham (Rahal) and I struggled a second off the pace from the pole sitter, but I think we played it well. I think the rain definitely helped us and then made some good position gains. In the end, I think fighting for the podium, on the wet parts and dry parts, were certainly exciting. Thanks to the Detroit fans for staying after some extremely difficult (weather) conditions here.” (About learning anything today that can be used for Race 2) “I am sure. We need to go through it everyone with the engineers. Hopefully we can have a better car tomorrow and I don’t know we’ll see.”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda started the race from eleventh and came home in seventh.
Speaking following the race he said:
“The car in the wet wasn’t great; the rear was pretty sketchy in the rain. When Ed Jones went off, I think everybody was close to doing the same thing. Once it went dry, the car was very good. It just seemed like we gave up a little in the rain but when it dried out we were pretty good. Tomorrow it’s going to be dry and I think we’ll be strong. The changes that we made were better in the race than in qualifying this morning so hopefully that carries over. I will try to get a good night’s sleep tonight and be ready to go again tomorrow.”