Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal will start this weekend’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from 12th place.
The original race which took place on June 11 was postponed due to bad weather and was rescheduled for August 27. The race will restart from lap 72. In 13 previous starts at Texas Motor Speedway, RLL have 1 pole, 1 podium and 2 front row starts.
Speaking about the format of the conclusion of the Firestone 600 Rahal commented by saying:
I think it will be a pretty tricky race but it’s going to be the same for everybody. In the big scheme of things, I think it’s going to be tough because you really get no practice. When we go race, the track is going to be pretty green but we just need to go have a good race and gain some good points which is the biggest key to this deal.
Rahal commented on the abbreviated schedule at Texas Motor Speedway by saying:
Texas is tough simply because it takes a while to get your visual bearings straight. With the bumps and the banking and everything else, it always takes a little time to get your eyes settled there. The way I look at it is the challenge I face is the same as everybody will face and we just have to do a better job of it than the others.
There have been two oval races since the race in Texas was rescheduled on August 12 and there has also been a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rahal does not believe however that the test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have any impact on the race this weekend.
We’ve talked a lot about that and at this point we’re going to probably have a similar setup to what we ran before just simply because there is no practice time. If you were to accidentally get the setup and balance wrong, you’re going to find yourself in a world of hurt so we have to be cautious and smart about it so I don’t think we are going to be taking any massive swings at it for sure.