Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will spend the off season focusing on the 2017 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil according to Graham Rahal.
Rahal secured one victory in the when he beat Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe to the win at Texas Motor Speedway by the closest margin in Texas history. Rahal finished the season as the highest place Honda driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings on 484 points.
Rahal had an extremely strong 2015 season and was a contender for the championship, in 2016 however luck didn’t come his way. Despite this however the American who drives for dad Bobby’s team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing scored four podium finishes including his win at the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
At the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May, Rahal started the race from 26th place and finished the race in 14th and this is a race that Rahal has confirmed that the No.15 crew will be concentrating on over the winter in preparation for the 2017 season.
Speaking about the Indianapolis 500, Graham Rahal commented by saying:
Indianapolis, we’ve got to get better because the double-points thing and (points awarded for) qualifying just killed us this year. We’ve got to stop making the little errors that we’re making.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing are one of only a few teams where there won’t be big driver changes for 2017 and continuity is in important as it gives the team a stable foundation to build on.
Speaking about the Indianapolis 500, Bobby Rahal who won the race in 1986 commented by saying:
If there’s anything we’re focusing on this winter, and we certainly can’t do it to the demise of everything else, but clearly understanding where we’re missing at Indy, particularly in qualifying. On race day, I think we generally get good race cars, it’s just qualifying. So there’s going to be a lot of focus on that.
Rahal was not just successful on track this season, but he also married his long term partner Courtney Force and also became a junior partner in the Bobby Rahal Automotive Group.
The momentum from 2016 will be something he can build on for the 2017 season.