Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal driving the No.15 Total Honda is hoping for another strong weekend for the team following a fantastic race last weekend at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Rahal started the race from second place but was forced to retire from the race.
Speaking ahead of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend, Rahal said:
“I am really excited to get going here. I truly think the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach should be one of our most competitive races of the year and, coming off the team’s performance from Barber, I feel like our team should be right in the hunt with the TOTAL Honda. We will always need to fine-tune and find more speed, but I am confident that after last year we should be pretty strong in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. I love Long Beach. It’s a demanding and really tricky circuit. For a street circuit, it’s long, has great high-speed areas but huge brake zones that you have to get through which are awesome passing opportunities. I expect a really competitive and tough fight as always, but it does produce some of the best racing around!”
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda completely dominated the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend taking pole position and winning the race.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
As it is a very competitive field in INDYCAR, it’s difficult to judge it race by race. But certainly we are more comfortable with our generic street-course setup and will develop the speed at the weekend, so we should be reasonably competitive and that’s the start line. It’s very nice to have the first pit box (earned by getting the pole position at Barber Motorsports Park), so you don’t have to wait for gapping yourself for practice and qualifying, and it’s a good benefit in the race, too, needless to say. And it looks good. I think it’s a great start of the season. We are definitely moving forward because of continuous work together since 2018. Both cars had some issues for each event, unfortunately, but that’s part of racing and hopefully we will be more reliable for the rest of the season. The No. 30 car won two races in the last five starts if you count the 2018 season, which is very encouraging. Motivation is definitely very high.” … (On being third in points): “I like it! This is because of an absolute team effort. I went into the month of May as the point leader in 2013 and know we can’t rely on past results. We need to keep developing and getting more strong finishes. The racing is very competitive so it’s very easy to drop once you lose momentum, so we will work even harder.”