Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda goes into this weekend’s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway looking to bounce back from a DNF in race 2 at Road America on Sunday.

Looking at the forecast for the weekend Graham said:

It is a very hot forecast and will be very physical. I think that is what will be the most challenging for us at this time. Iowa is a different breed. It’s mentally taxing, but also physically taxing which most ovals are not. We will all be in for a hard, long weekend. I am excited to have One Cure on the car for Friday, then the overnight shift to the Hy-Vee car on Saturday which will be very cool to see. In general, the Iowa and Texas ovals are so different than each other but I do believe some of the philosophy we used for the setup at Texas can carry over. We have always been solid at Iowa and I hope that continues this weekend. I expect to be competitive. I believe all the hard work in the offseason is showing. The guys did a tremendous job thinking outside of the box and so far we’ve made good gains. I hope that some of these ideas can continue this weekend, although it’s very different than what we’ve raced at so far. It will be hard to manage the tires, but I am looking forward to trying to figure it out. I am excited for Iowa and the challenge it will present for us.”

Takuma Sato has fond memories here as it was the site of his first IndyCar pole position which came in 2011 with KV Racing Technologies and speaking about the races this weekend Takuma said:

I feel positive about the two races at Iowa Speedway. Looking at our history on the short ovals as well as how we ran in Texas for practice and how well Graham ran in the race, I’m quite excited and optimistic that we will be competitive in Iowa. Ten seconds out of 19 is four-G (G-Force) cornering so you can imagine the Aeroscreen’s effect is massive, particularly on the outside front tire so how we manage the tire will be key and probably different from previous years. It will be challenging but everyone is in the same boat. Our strong engineers will find a good plan as they have in the past.”

Sato also spoke of the challenges facing the drivers this weekend on a doubleheader oval:

“Just one race alone is a mentally draining race at Iowa, and we have two. The challenge is that there is so little practice and we will go straight into the race, meaning that we cannot change the car a lot. So when the team has a good day, its two good days, or if It’s a difficult day, its two difficult days. That’s how it can go for a doubleheader like this. We have to look at the fact that we were good last year and have positive material to work from.”

Speaking about Honda Performance Development’s start to the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season which has seen them win all four of the opening races saying:

“I think Honda has focused hard on power levels and its showing. I felt on Saturday that we were very good at Road America, and I think that at Iowa it will show this weekend as well. Fuel mileage has been great, but that’s always been the case with Honda and we’re very fortunate for that!”

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