Graham Rahal heads to the Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500 this weekend following a strong race last time out in Mid-Ohio where he finished the race in fourth place just missing out on a podium finish having started the event from sixth place.
The ABC Supply 500 will be the fifth open wheel event at Pocono Raceway and the fifth event here for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Graham Rahal will drive the No.15 Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Honda this weekend and in Pocono in 2015, Rahal was forced to retire from the race following contact with Tristan Vautier and speaking about the race here last year Rahal commented by saying:
It was a bummer as we had a great car. We were very competitive but were taken out prematurely in the race. We will certainly be looking to run with the good guys and stay out of trouble this time around.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have been extremely busy in the three weeks since the last race in Mid-Ohio. Rahal took part in a Firestone tyre test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before heading to Pocono for a test there while most recently he conducted a test at the Watkins Glen International circuit in New York state.
Rahal is hopeful that what the team learnt from the tyre test at Indianapolis can be carried forward to Pocono. He commented by saying:
I think we found some good things from our test in Indy that we can possibly take back to Pocono. The car was well-balanced at our Pocono test but slower than we wanted so we have put our heads down and will try to do everything we can to find some speed before we return this weekend.
Rahal spoke about the challenging of racing on the three turn Tricky Triangle saying:
It’s a long race and, at Pocono in particular, it wears you down. It’s a tough track with tricky corners. Five hundred miles feels like it takes a decade at Pocono!
The race in Pocono this weekend marks the first of three back to back races with Texas and Watkins Glen following the ABC Supply 500, with four races remaining this season, Rahal is in ninth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standing on 324 points just 33 behind fifth placed Chip Ganassi Racing duo of reigning series champion Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.
The season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma counts for double points this season and speaking about the points situation heading to Pocono, Rahal commented by saying:
It’s always important to finish well, but we’re in the battle to get back into the top five in points so it’s very important to do this at Pocono and the rest of the season. We will be doing everything we can to get there, no doubt about that. It’s always tight and competitive in the IndyCar Series and I expect the same for the remainder of the year. It’s going to be tough, but we are looking forward to it.