Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal heads into the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway not only as defending race winner having won here last year but also having won the last two races, dominating the double header in Detroit last weekend.
Rahal has moved in sixth place in the series standings heading into round 9 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Speaking about his momentum going into the Texas weekend, Rahal who is just 52 points behind leader Scott Dixon, stated:
It’s great to head to Texas not only as defending race winner, but also after a great weekend in Detroit. Those wins put us back in the championship fight and we want to continue the momentum obviously. I’m excited about Texas. We had a good test there in April so hopefully we can get another victory there and keep this string going. I think it’s going to be a crazy race. Honda has been working hard and it shows. We hope to put them in Victory Lane again.
In 2016, Rahal made history, winning the race in Texas by the slimmest margin from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe, and speaking about that, Rahal stated:
There was a lot going on the last lap. I was fighting and battling with Hinch (Hinchcliffe). I felt like my best move was that I needed to complete the pass on the bottom –I didn’t think that I would be able to go up top and get it done. Fortunately the seas kind of parted on the back straightaway and I was able to cut to the bottom, get a good clean run and get by him. As you can see on the videos, he certainly closed up a lot on the back straight and made it close but fortunately we made it across the line first.
This weekend will see a very special commemorative Rahal bobblehead in celebration of his 2016 win which will be given to the first 20,000 race fans to arrive at the circuit for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 on Saturday night and speaking about the bobblehead Rahal commented by saying:
I’m pretty geeked; it’s pretty cool. I’m thankful to Eddie (Gossage), Ziz (Mike Zizzo) and everybody at TMS for making it happen for me. It’s a pretty cool opportunity. I will enjoy it while I can and certainly get a lot of ‘you know what’ from my wife and family but I’m going to enjoy it, that’s for sure.