Graham Rahal heads to the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports park this weekend following a tough event last time out at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach where he qualified his No.15 PennGrade Motor Oil Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with Theodore Racing Honda in 17th place and finished in 15th.
Last season Rahal scored a second place finish at Barber Motorsports Park and is hoping for a strong result this weekend. Speaking about last year’s race he commented by saying:
Our race in Barber last year was one of the most competitive for us the entire season. It started off a string of podium finishes for us and I am hoping that will happen again this year. We were competitive at the St. Petersburg and Long Beach street courses and I hope that carries over to the Barber road course. It’s been a rough start to 2016 for our team and I feel like we’ve been right there performance wise. We just haven’t maximized the opportunities. Hopefully in Barber we can make it happen. Last year kick started our season, we need to make it happen once again.
Speaking about the circuit he commented by saying:
I think it’s a really cool layout. It’s a difficult course because it has a lot of very high speed corners, and several really slow ones. It’s hard to get a good balance out of the car on both of those parts of the track. It’s a difficult track to tackle, but after running so well last year I’m optimistic about our competitiveness this year. Physically it’s a very challenging event, and I’m looking forward to facing that and hopefully coming away with a great result. My favorite part is the back section of the track and it is extremely tricky. There are a lot of really high-speed, high (G-force) load, very physical corners and that is difficult. It’s very easy to make a mistake. I would say that not only is it my favorite, but it’s probably the hardest part of the track.
What for Rahal makes Barber so special? –
Location makes this track special. It’s in beautiful Alabama and the people are great. The venue and the way Mr. Barber built the place is magical. We love racing there.
What is Rahal expecting from the Honda Indy Alabama?
I expect to be very good. We had a decent test there, not great, but I think we can respond and make it a strong weekend with a great performance from our team.