Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who will drive the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda in race one and the United Rentals Honda for race two in Detroit this weekend says that it will be a very physically demanding three days.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom conference call on Monday, Rahal, who swept the weekend here in 2017 says he doesn’t prepare in a different way with it being the first time that the teams have raced here with the Aeroscreen given that the circuit is extremely bumpy.
Rahal said that there isn’t really anything that he can do in the cockpit in terms of comfort level and says that he will be pretty banged up on Sunday.
Graham went on to say that the team are focused on this weekend’s doubleheader in Detroit, he said that he had a few texts from RLL crew members last week after the 500 and sent them photographs of his five Detroit trophies and that said to them that this is what they are looking for.
Speaking to Paddock Eye, Rahal said:
I don’t think we prepare any differently. I do think it’s going to be an exceptionally physical weekend. It looks hot, upper 80s and sunny. Detroit does not have any long straightaways really. I do think it’s going to be a pretty physical weekend.
Aside from everything else, everybody is pretty used to it now. We’re a year into this thing. The aeroscreen has been a great addition, a great addition to the sport safety-wise. You look at the saves it’s already had in its time. I think it’s been great.
No, I think we’ll just go at it and try to make sure that you get rested up on Saturday night if you have a full day on Saturday because Sunday is going to be another bruiser.
That’s the element I think the aeroscreen changes. Maybe Seb can touch on it, too. I just think the general heat, the airflow is what makes it a challenge. We’ll see that this weekend.
Rahal said to overcome Scott Dixon is harder than anyone else and that there are so many strong drivers out there this year. It’s not over, we will keep our heads down and see what we can do. The are a lot of points up for grabs.