Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Jack Harvey in the No.30 PeopleReady Honda and his teammate Christian Lundgaard in the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda ended the PPG 375 at Texas Motor Speedway, the first oval race of the season on Sunday in 18th and 19th place, respectively following a difficult race for the Zionsville-based outfit.
Speaking following the race, Jack Harvey commented saying:
The No. 30 PeopleReady car is rolling back into the trailer with four wheels on it and that is about as much as we could’ve hoped for today unfortunately. I was glad to see Graham (Rahal) get out of the car. I hate the luck that he has in Texas. It’s two times in a row him just being an innocent bystander in an accident. That sucks for him and the No. 15 car. It’s been great having Fleet Cost & Care here this weekend so it’s a disappointing result for them. What else can you say? We’ve got a lot of work to do before the Indy 500.
Christian Lundgaard commented following the race, saying:
I think we should be glad that we at least got two cars home. What happened to Graham (Rahal) wasn’t his fault. I think he was on a good run there so it’s unfortunate. We were struggling way too much. The car was all over the place and just lacking grip in general. You don’t know what the balance really is until it’s too late.”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fleet Cost and Care Honda had a race to forget after an incident with Andretti Autosport’s Devlin DeFrancesco, which saw the pair retire from the race and speaking following the race, Rahal commented saying:
It was frustrating because we stopped early on the first stop and it went yellow and that was our race. Actually, at the end there we were pretty competitive, I think, with a lot of guys. We weren’t as fast as Josef or Pato (O’Ward) and those guys, but we were competitive enough with Ericsson and guys that are easily running in the Top 10. But, unfortunately, our car setup was so bad the first two stints that it just took way too long for us to adjust and have the car come to us. I’m just upset to come out of here this way. Derek (Davidson, strategist) had just finished on the radio saying “get out of here in one piece” and that was the objective. Then you have a guy slide right up the track in front of you. There’s nothing I could do. I had a guy to my inside. What do I do? So, I’m really frustrated.