Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 SoldierStrong/TurnsforTroops.com Honda started Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix from 20th place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway following a difficult qualifying at the Brickyard on Friday.
In the race however, Rahal made his way through the field coming home in sixth place and securing a solid result which the team can build on going further into the month of may as they prepare for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking following the race, Rahal commented by saying:
It’s was a pretty good day. We were on attack mode on the first stint. We had to pump out a whole bunch of qualifying laps and close the gaps. My United Rentals boys did a great job in the pits because we got by a lot of guys there and we were able to pass a lot of guys. Overall I’m pleased with the day that we had. We completed all 85 laps and raised $100 a lap for SoldierStrong and Turns for Troops which means a lot to me. It’s just a good way to start the month. I was disappointed with qualifying but I’ll take a sixth. I was fighting the whole way and guys – the lapped cars — certainly weren’t making it easy there at the end. I was running low on Push to Pass and I knew Max (Chilton) was coming. It was a very physical day but I’m looking forward to the 500 coming up here I take pride in my race craft come Sunday’s but you better believe I wish my job was easier than that. Because on a day like today we had a car to win this race, I guarantee you that so it’s disappointing starting where we start and putting ourselves in that hole. This field and the competitiveness of the drivers is why there were no yellows and when there are no yellows, 85 laps on a warm day like this is a good workout. We know we can compete, we know we can run up front. We’ve had a lot of things go against us this year but today, finally, we had just a smooth, good day.
Rahal will be joined at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday by his team mate for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Oriol Servia who will drive the No.16 Honda.