Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are looking forward to this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park, the final oval of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Rahal who will be driving the No.15 MiJack Honda this weekend commented by saying;
We didn’t test at Gateway so there will be a lot of unknowns when we go back. We were pretty good at Iowa in the race and I would anticipate we will be pretty strong at Gateway. Last year we didn’t qualify that well, but in the race, we were actually pretty competitive, but we had a little fueling issue at the end which was my fault. Unfortunately, I got a penalty and had to go to the back. But we had a strong race; we were running fifth and would have had a top-five for sure, so it was disappointing not to get those points. I’m excited to go back. It should be a lot of fun. The event is great and has quickly become a very strong race for the series. The promoters have done an amazing job with it. I have seen all of the promotions and (wife) Courtney and I were part of some of it with our media day last week. The city has really gotten behind the event, which is so important. It certainly helps that St. Louis is such a great sports town. We felt that we had a really good race car at Pocono that we let slip with how the race start played out, so we’re hoping to get to Gateway and make the most of every opportunity.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda is looking forward to this weekend’s race saying:
“Unfortunately, it was a short race for us last year, but it is a very impressive facility. It is a great, fun track. The characteristics of Gateway are very unique. I think it is one of the best short ovals because there is such high banking in Turns 1 and 2, and Turns 3 and 4 are kind of flat and, as we observed, it was one of the best short oval races last year. I think it was a great show. The fans were really excited, and it was great to see so many enthusiastic fans at the race. Since we had a very good race at Iowa, I am certainly looking forward to going to Gateway.