Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda and Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Pansonic Honda head into this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway looking to build on their recent momentum at the circuit.

In four events here, Graham Rahal’s best finish came in 2015 when he finished in second place. Speaking about the event here this weekend, Rahal said:

Guys will be able to race each other hard with the new aero kit. We weren’t great at the road course test here in March but I think we learned a little bit in Alabama – things that work and things that don’t work which both help understand the car more.

Rahal heads into this weekend’s race tied for third place in the series points standings and speaking about his start to the season he commented by saying:

I always think that the INDYCAR Grand Prix is one of the more important races of the year, just to get the momentum going for May and the Indy 500 and I certainly think that will be the case this time around as well.  We have had a good start to the year.  I have been pleased with the performance of our team on race day.  Obviously we need to keep working on that and I need to work on making less mistakes myself in qualifying.  It will be really important for the United Rentals team to have a strong May and collect a lot of points and then carry on from the Grand Prix into the Indy 500 and then on to Detroit. Normally Detroit is where we really start getting good.  Hopefully we can start that process a little earlier this year.

Takuma Sato heads to the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis as the defending race winner at the speedway having won the 2017 Indianapolis 500. Speaking ahead of the race he said:

The INDYCAR GP is quite fun.  The long straight and the heavy braking areas provide a lot of opportunities for drivers to overtake so it is usually a very exciting race. We had a productive test day on the road course in March and look forward to the opportunity to have a strong race and make up some ground in the championship. Obviously it is an important race for the 500 so we want to have a good, strong event to have good momentum for the month of May.

Speaking about his time racing in Formula One on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sato said:

The INDYCAR GP is quite fun.  The long straight and the heavy braking areas provide a lot of opportunities for drivers to overtake so it is usually a very exciting race. We had a productive test day on the road course in March and look forward to the opportunity to have a strong race and make up some ground in the championship. Obviously it is an important race for the 500 so we want to have a good, strong event to have good momentum for the month of May.

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