Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda put on a great show for his home crowd during the 90 lap Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course on Sunday.
Rahal started the race from fourth place and had a great fight with Team Penske’s Will Power for second place in the race however had to settle for third place, taking his third podium in seven races this season and speaking following the race, Rahal commented by saying:
It was a good run and the Steak ‘;n Shake boys did a good job in the pits. The strategy was fine. Our car had great pace today we just could never quite get in clear air but I’m really proud of everyone on the Steak ‘n Shake team. Obviously to be the only team in the top five other than a Penske speaks volumes to the quality of people we have in this organization. We’re going to keep our heads down, keep working hard. It was another good day for our United Rentals Turns for Troops program. We raised a lot of money to help the veterans today. We’ll be back strong in Pocono. (On attempt to pass second place Power:) I broke as late as I could and he obviously broke late too and locked up, slid across my bow. Luckily I saw him or that could have easily been both of us out, gone. I will talk to him about that later but overall it was hard racing today. (On battle against four-car teams:) It’s hard work. Our guys are working very hard, and, in many ways, out working them. We just have to out drive them as best we can too. We were hanging on today; it was a lot of work out there. It was a good, solid day. Hats off to all of my guys because they work very hard back in the shop. We’re a 20 person team up against a 400 person team at Team Penske so quality over quantity. They’ve got great quality and they’ve got quantity. We’ve just got a lot of quality.
Following his podium, Rahal remains in sixth place in the series standings on 395 points, six behind Will Power.