Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Gehl / D.A Lubricant Honda was happy with how his Kohler Grand Prix at Road America played out as he picked up a third place in the 50 lap race.
Rahal started the race sixth place on the grid and immediately got past Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and on lap 6 he moved into fourth place after Scott Dixon in the No.9 Clorex Chevrolet was forced to retire from the race with a engine issue.
On lap 7 of the race Rahal overtook series points leader Simon Pagenaud and took the lead as the first round of pit-stops took place.
Rahal heads to the Iowa Corn Indy in two weeks time in eighth place in the series standings just one point behind Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz and speaking following Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix he commented by saying:
It’s great to get a good result. I’m pleased with what we did today and accomplished for the Gehl team. We can’t thank Gehl and PennGrade enough for making this happen for us. It was cool to have the yellow Gehl car back on track. For us, and our year, I think this was pretty big. We’ve been fast everywhere we’ve just had a lot of stuff go against us. We ran the new reds (Firestone alternate tires) first and I think that hurt us a little bit. The middle stint kind of hurt us. Pagenaud and I, for like 20 some laps, he was right behind me and I was giving it everything I possibly had – there were sections I was better than him and then sections he clearly had me. I think in Canada Corner I was weak all weekend, but again, we battled hard and had a good day. The tire strategy hurt us and that’s how Pagenaud got back around us. We just made the wrong tire call and it definitely hurt. It is what it is and we still came out of here third. We learned from it and will come back stronger next year. It’s great to be back at Road America. This is my second, third-place finish in my Indy car career here and it’s cool to be back for sure. The fans are just amazing. We wanted to win today but it was a good points day overall. This is our second podium of the year and hopefully we can get on a bit of a run here when we need it. We’re going to keep fighting hard and do the best that we can and try to get Honda a win this year.