Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal hopes that his strong finish to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series will give him momentum for the 2017 season.

Rahal finished off the year in style at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma last weekend where he finished the race on the podium in second place behind race winner and new Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud.

As a result of the podium, Rahal secured fifth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings ending the year with 484 points. Rahal who drove the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda for 2016 was the highest placed Honda driver in the series points standings at the end of the season.

Rahal, who secured one victory this season in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway commented following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma by saying:

Good day, good way to end it, I wanted to get Pagenaud, but when I’d get behind him, I’d get massively loose. I thought at one point it was best I salvage a second place rather than do something stupid.

Speaking in the post GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing press release, Rahal commented by saying:

“For Steak ‘n Shake, United Rentals, Hyatt, PennGrade, all our other sponsors, and especially everyone we had here this weekend supporting us, it was a great way to finish the season. That means a lot. They have been supportive through thick and thin and they came out to support us today. It was also cool to have Sergeant Rose with us. He is paralyzed and he stood for the national anthem with us which was pretty awesome. We would have liked to get another win but we were struggling with the rear (of the car). Overall we had our ups and downs (this season) but I’m really proud of this team and proud to be the top Honda once again. We led the charge for them the last couple of years and they did a great job. I wanted to get (Simon) Pagenaud for the win but when I would get close, my car would get massively loose. I thought at one point that it was just best that I salvage a second place than do something stupid. We’re a one car team and obviously today we were fighting with the big boys — with Penske — who is the standard. To run like we did means a lot. It feels great to go into the off-season like this. Once again we proved that with the quality of the people we have in this organization, keeping their heads down and working hard puts us in the position to fight for wins. I’m proud and honored to work with these guys. We will be better next year.

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