Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal heads into this weekend’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway aiming for a strong result on Saturday night following a mixed race last time out at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit where in Race 1 he narrowly missed out on a podium finish coming home in fourth place behind Juan Pablo Montoya while in race 2 he came home just outside the top ten in 11th place.
In 13 event starts in Texas, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have 1 pole, 1 podium and 2 front row starts. In 2015 Graham Rahal set the second fastest time in the pre-race warm up and recapping on what happened last year he stated:
We had performance and speed at times during the Firestone 600 event last year but I think we really struggled to get the consistency out of the car and ultimately come race day it really hurt us. We underestimated the amount of downforce that we needed in the race and we have learned from that now. I hope we can go back this year and have a better performance all around. Texas is a tricky track and for sure it was one of the events that hurt us the most last year from a points stand point.
The Verizon IndyCar Series tested at Texas Motor Speedway on May 3 and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will be hoping that they can put what they learnt to good use this weekend. Rahal commented by saying:
Having tested there helps but I think we have learned a lot since the test that I think will help us. We will take some of that testing data into consideration, without a doubt, but for sure we have learned more aerodynamically since then and anticipate being better than we were at the test.
Rahal believes that it will be hard to predict where the team will be in terms of the order in Texas due to the different nature of the of the oval circuits at Indianapolis and Texas and he commented by saying:
The Honda oval aero package at Indy looked good but Texas is a very different animal and we need to be prepared for whatever that might throw at us. Right now it’s hard for us to give an exact indication of where we believe we will stack up but if we can have a good balance (in the car) and have a good race car and can be fast, I think we can be competitive there no matter what.
Having raced with United Rentals as the primary sponsor to the No.15 Honda in Detroit, this weekend Rahal will feature primary sponsorship from long term partners Mi-Jack.