Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing head to the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place this weekend with Graham Rahal in the No.15 Honda aiming to continue his strong momentum in the Verizon IndyCar Series having scored a fifth place finish at the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway last weekend.
In their 18 years racing IndyCar’s around the streets of Toronto, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have scored five podium’s and one pole position during that time.
In the first four street races of the 2017 season in St Petersburg, Long Beach and the double header in Detroit, Rahal has won two of the four races having taken what was dubbed as the Graham-Slam in Detroit last month.
Rahal heads to Toronto in sixth place in the series points standing and speaking about the teams competitiveness for Toronto, he commented by saying:
My expectations are pretty high for the Honda Indy Toronto,” said Rahal, who led 96 of the 140 laps over two races in Detroit. “I feel like we are in a pretty good spot with the basic setup for our race car for street courses so I hope it’s a really strong weekend for the Rousseau Metal Honda. The course is very similar to Detroit in many ways. It’s very bumpy, very tight and there are no margins for error. There are a lot of different pavement types and it’s very slippery on the concrete which make it similar to Detroit. Going there with the set up basics that brought us two wins in Detroit gives us reason to be confident heading to Toronto and hopefully it works out like it did in Detroit.
Rahal describes racing in Toronto by saying:
Toronto is a special race for all of us. It’s always a fun, great atmosphere and a track I really enjoy. “I think the Canadian fans always love and respect what we do and come out and support us in big numbers
There are six races remaining in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season including the double points season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma. Rahal heads into this weekend’s race in Toronto just 66 points behind series leader Scott Dixon and speaking about the race for the series championship, Rahal commented by saying:
To do well in Toronto would be huge for the point standings. We’ve got to keep adding good finishes to try to stay in the championship hunt. There is not a race weekend that isn’t important at this point.