Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Gehl Honda started Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway from 10th place on the grid and came through to finish the 300 lap race in fifth place just behind Team Penske’s pole sitter Will Power.
Speaking following the race, Rahal commented by saying:
I’m really proud of the GEHL team. I wanted to win today so I’m disappointed with fifth, which is a good thing. We had a good day and got solid points. We would have liked to have gained on Will (Power) and Helio (Castroneves, in the point standings) though. I actually felt I had a car that was equally as good as theirs but the track position became hard. As I said during the broadcast under the red flag, the guys just kept moving up (on the high line), which is fine – that’s their right to choose a lane – but that was where I was comfortable running so we lost some space. The guys did a great job though. We’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep finishing in the front. We’re going to Toronto (street race) now and after what happened in Detroit (two wins, street race), hopefully that set up will translate well and we’ll have a great race there too. Yeah I’m disappointed with fifth place but overall it was a great day. That’s four really solid finishes in a row so we’ve just got to keep this going.