Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda had a disappointing start to his 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Starting the race from 10th place, Rahal and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball were involved in an incident on the run down to turn 1 resulting in Rahal spinning and forcing him to pit for repairs.
Following his pit-stop, Rahal who had gone a lap down emerged in 19th place in the Steak N’Shake machine and when Spencer Pigot retired from the race with a brake issue in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet he moved up to 18th before moving up to 17th place when Team Penske’s Will Power was black flagged for going too slow.
Speaking following the race, Rahal commented by saying:
We had a good start, I went around the outside there. I don’t even know where Kimball was. Obviously he was on my right rear somewhere. It’s just a frustrating way to start the year once again, just like last year. Except this year we struggled a lot more throughout the entirety of the weekend and we just can’t do that going forward if we want to be good in this series. Obviously there is some rethinking to be done as we go forward and figure out a better plan in case of an emergency. Our guys did a great job on the stops all day; they were just put in a bad spot. It was a tough day.