Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fleet Cost Care Honda was delighted to score his first podium of the season in the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday night as he came from ninth on the grid to finish the race in third place behind Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward.

Speaking following the race, Rahal who has jumped to fifth in points commented saying:

“After the last round of pit stops, I tried to attack [the leaders] but the car was just too loose.  But all-in-all, a great weekend for team – a fifth and a third, we’ll take those results.  Honda did another great job, and the Fleet Cost and Care machine was super-competitive all race long.  It was fun racing with Dixie [Scott Dixon], but obviously [Josef] Newgarden and [Pato] O’Ward had excellent final [pit] stops, so great jobs by both of them.  Bring on Indy.”

Colton Herta who came home in fifth place in the race from tenth on the grid commented saying:

It was kind of a quiet race for us for the most part.  My strategists did an excellent job calling the pit stops. Our car was fast tonight, but we were never quite in a position to challenge for the win.  Good job, as always, by the Gainbridge crew and Honda.

Rebecca Johnson (Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development) on tonight’s race at Texas Motor Speedway:

“It was disappointing not to win today, after controlling much of the contest and leading well over half the total race distance.  But Honda already has three wins this year, and the top-five results for Graham [Rahal], Scott [Dixon] and Colton [Herta] keep both Dixon and Honda at the top of the championship standings.  It’s been a busy start to the season, with four races in three weeks, so it will be good to have a week off to recharge, then we all head to Indianapolis and, of course, the ‘500’.”

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