Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 PennGrade Motor Oil Honda led four of the last ninlaps at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park ending the race on the podium in second place following an epic battle with eventual race winner Simon Pagenaud.
Rahal who started the race from sixth place ran the race with a broken front wing following contact with Carlos Munoz at the start of the event however this did absolutely nothing to slow him down as he drove a fantastic race to charge his way to the front of the field and to to battle Pagenaud who had been up until the closing stages of the race been the runaway leader of the race.
In the end, Rahal had to settle for second place ahead of Josef Newgarden in third compared to last year when he ended the race in second place behind race winner Newgarden.
Rahal ended the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama as the highest placed Honda powered car and speaking following the race, Rahal commented by saying:
We let him (Pagenaud) off the hook a little bit today. We let one slip there and it’s frustrating. When we got in the front, I thought we could stay there. We had a great car and it was definitely the most consistent car in the long run and I knew I could put on a charge there at the end with Simon stuck in traffic but ultimately we came up just a hair short. Just had a brain lapse there for a second and I got into the back of Jack. He was making a nice gesture and letting us by. He went to the outside of Turn 5 so I thought he was going to stay there but he cut across. It’s my fault; I will regret this one later. Ultimately Simon had a run on me that lap anyway so who knows what might have happened but I felt I still probably could have come back but when I lost the front wing, that was that. Our right front flap broke on Lap 40 or so and we were running the majority of the race without it being as it should have been so it was a tough battle to stay with those guys in the first place. I’m proud of these Mi-Jack boys. They keep working hard and here we are. It’s a great result for us but we should have won today.