Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Gehl Honda heads into this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, round 11 of 17 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season looking forward to the race, where he has a best result of fourth place which came in 2015.
Speaking ahead of the race, Rahal who is currently in seventh place in the series standings on 307 points he stated:
Iowa has been fairly good to me, results wise, in the past. “The 2015 race was a huge race for us. We finished fourth even with the issues that we had. As we go into it this year, I think we should be looking pretty good. Hopefully we can get a good, stable, consistent car over the long run. It’s key for us to have a good result with where we are in the points now, and everything else considered. It’s crucial that we go there and have a really strong points weekend. We certainly cannot let ourselves down and not qualify towards the front and race there too. Hopefully we can make it all happen.
Rahal, who took back to back wins in Detroit last month describes a lap around the Iowa Speedway:
“Iowa is difficult because it is so fast – it’s a little bullring. But it also has quite a lot of bumps, particularly over the tunnel in Turn 1. And Turns 3 and 4 now are pretty much solid bumps throughout. With these cars and how low we run them and how fast the cornering speeds are, it makes it extremely tricky for us and provides many, many opportunities for mistakes. Hopefully we can overcome that and have an issue-free, solid race. The test last week went well for us but unfortunately we had some issues at the end so we didn’t get to run through all of the things we had planned. Overall I think we learned some good things though. We didn’t get to run the 2017 Firestone tires so coming into the race weekend there will be a little more to learn there but we’ll just have to see how it all plays out.
Rahal who is just 38 points behind second placed Simon Pagenaud believes that RLLR can be strong in the next few races saying:
We’re 38 points out of second place and I believe we are going into some races that we can be very strong. Penske is always good on the bumps at Iowa but I fully anticipate that we will be one of the guys to beat throughout the remainder of the season. Hopefully we can get the job done starting this weekend in the GEHL Honda.