Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals/SoldierStrong Honda started Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from ninth place and came home in sixth.
Rahal who won back to back races with Detroit Grand Prix ended the year in sixth place in the championship on 522 points.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We had a great race and raised more money for United Rentals and the Turns for Troops program. We went out there and pushed as hard as we could. The Honda engine got us great fuel mileage so that made life a little bit easier. We could attack for quite a lot of the race. Obviously tires were key today. They went off a lot. We tried as hard as we could to make some good passes, but I think sixth is the best that we could expect this weekend. I tried to get by Helio (Castroneves) there near the end, but came up a little bit short. I was in front of him but he broke really late, which I would have done too, and just slid across my front. We have finished fourth, fifth, and now sixth in the standings this year. Our team is doing a good job. We have a lot to be proud of this year. We have to just keep pushing as hard as we can. I hope we can come out on top next year.”
Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.13 PaySafe Honda started Sunday’s race, his debut Verizon IndyCar Series race from 21st place and finished in 17th.
Speaking following the race the Canadian commented by saying:
Jack Harvey and Tony Kanaan came together and they got stuck and slowed down a bit more than I anticipated. I just clipped Harvey, who was really close, and unfortunately, I broke the front wing which forced us to make an early pit stop. After that, the pace was really good. I just tried to do my own thing, but unfortunately dropped a lap down. I ran with some quick guys like Will Power and Helio (Castroneves), and drove away from Helio. I made some positions back on lapped traffic and ended up finishing 17th. It was a good day. I learned a lot and want to thank Paysafe for the opportunity. It’s nice to complete my first race and get this many laps in. Overall I’m happy with the day.”