Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda finished the opening race of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual In Detroit Grand Prix in fourth place behind winner Sebastian Bourdais, Conor Daly and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Rahal started Saturday’s race from tenth place and ran as high as 2nd during the action packed race.
Although Rahal was happy with the team’s performance he felt frustrated that he wasn’t able to continue his podium streak here having claimed podium finishes here in 2014 and 2015 respectively however he like all the other drivers will get a second shot at it tomorrow with race 2.
Speaking following the race Rahal commented by saying:
The guys did a great job. I’m frustrated that somehow Daly and Bourdais got around us. I’m disappointed about that. At the end of the day the United Rentals Honda was great, we put some great laps in and to come out fourth is a nice result. Obviously I would rather be on that podium but it’s a good first race for us here. I want to keep my podium streak here but we will get another chance tomorrow. Pit stops were key and my guys did a great job. We put a good solid run together there to finish fourth. That was a tough race. Literally it hurt my bones. The kick back in the steering wheel is so rough that my wrists are just aching.