Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing head into this weekend’s double header event at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear as defending race winners following Graham Rahal’s dominance of the weekend in 2017 and will be hoping for another strong event this year.
Speaking about last years event, Rahal said:
Last year at Detroit was a great weekend for the United Rentals team, no doubt about that. Everything went according to plan; it was perfect. We really need to try to replicate the performance. This year has been really solid with top-10s every single race and completing every single lap but I would like to go to Detroit and find a way to win both of the races just like last year. It was a dream weekend. We were fastest or second in every single practice or qualifying session and then in the race; it was just a perfect weekend. We need to find a way to make magic happen again
Takuma Sato goes into the races in Detroit with fond memories of going their last year:
“Last year it was an unbelievable journey arriving to Detroit after winning the Indy 500 only having a couple of hours of sleep every day since that moment. Wednesday evening I got to Detroit and the one thing I made sure of was that I was 100 percent physically prepared because I have seen great, past champions from the 500 struggle in Detroit and I just didn’t want that to be the case for myself so I focused hard on that. We pulled off quite a competitive weekend so I personally have great memories from last year in Detroit. I think I have a great environment with the team who the last few seasons have been incredibly competitive there so I’m really looking forward to going to Detroit. It’s a very challenging track, very bumpy which is opposite from IMS and I think it is a good contrast. The fans are enthusiastic there as well so I am looking forward to it.”
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have a strong road course aero package and speaking about what the team can expect this weekend, Rahal commented by saying:
I think our street course car is our best package that we have currently so I definitely feel really good about our situation. “I really feel Detroit should suit us extremely well. Clearly, coming off of last year, everybody in our team has a lot of confidence that we can go there and have a great weekend. We’re going to try our best.”
Takuma Sato is looking forward to the Detroit double saying:
It’s unfortunate that in both street course events this year we couldn’t achieve the final results but I think we showed great speed and I am sure that we can continue to show the competitiveness. “I’m looking forward to the Detroit races.
Speaking about the challenge of the double header event, Rahal said:
Everyone will recover well from the busy schedule of Indy. Looking at the long range forecast, it looks like it will be in the low 70’s so it will be a nice and a good change from what we had in Indy. From a physicality standing point for me, it’s one of my strengths compared to others so we’ve just got to try to take advantage of that