Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda said he messed up after he was involved in a crash on the opening lap of Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix which took out Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly, his team mate Takuma Sato and Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach.

Speaking following the race he said:

“I messed up. I misjudged it bad and took it on the chin. To be honest, I lost my depth there a little bit in the pack. Obviously, I misjudged it by not just a little, but by quite a lot. I’m disappointed, not just for myself but also for the guys we affected. It hurt (teammate) Takuma (Sato) as well.  At the start, the pace was fine and all that, but I screwed up. I’m sorry for One Cure and everyone else.”

Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda started the race from 17th place and finished the event in 15th just ahead of defending series champion Scott Dixon.

Speaking following the race he said:

All I could see was just a mess in front of me (on the start). I tried to avoid everything, but somebody’s car went outside and straight into the escape road so I couldn’t turn hard left. All I could do was just go straight, and unfortunately a car went inside coming toward me, which I couldn’t avoid, so we had a damaged sidepod, aero and toe link. So, we had to repair it and I ended up two laps down.  We tried everything we could, but we gained a few positions as some retired but it was a tough day for us.”

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