Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Graham Rahal in the No.15 MiJack Honda made history on Saturday night in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rahal restarted the race from 12th place and made his through the field to take victory over Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe by the slimmest of margins. Rahal snatched the win by just 0.080s to take his win of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Speaking following the race Rahal commented by saying:
I had to set that (pass) up. James did a great job tonight and in all honesty he deserved to win this thing; he led from start to finish. You’ve just got to lead that last lap. I knew I couldn’t get him on the high side, everybody kept pushing me way up into the wall even if we were three-wide. They were still just coming on up the track. It was pretty intense. I tell you what, if Texas Motor Speedway fans didn’t love that, then they don’t love racing because that was by far the best thing we’ve seen here. We had a hole underneath Hinch and we had to take it. I had to set him up and get him thinking I was going high and then cut across. I’m so proud of this Penn Grade team and thankful to everybody that supports us like Steak ‘n Shake, United Rentals, Hyatt and more. It means the world to me. In all honesty I was thinking about (Bryan) Clausen but more importantly I was thinking about Justin because he and I had a great battle here a few years ago and he got me at the end. I kept thinking about him the last few laps. I definitely miss that guy. He was a great human being and a hell of a race car driver.