— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) May 31, 2019
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda is looking forward to getting back on track in Detroit this weekend as the NTT IndyCar Series rolls into Motor City for the double header.
Sato had a great month of May finishing the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 on the podium in third place.
Speaking ahead of the race in Detroit this weekend, Sato said:
After the month of May, we get used to the speed and smoothness, then we go to one of the bumpiest tracks in the series. But we love Detroit. I personally like Detroit and have some great memories with podiums and poles and the team has good history too, so this year I think we can come back much more competitive. I think last year we missed the little things. Hopefully this year we can carry great momentum after the month of May. It’s an important race for the rest of the season because last year everything started really hooking up after Detroit and we have been able to build on that. I would say our team is more comfortable with the street-course setup and is working better. The trend is still there this year. I think we will be in great shape.”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda has a great record here winning the double in 2017 and looking ahead to the race this weekend he said:
Detroit has always been one of my favorites. It’s one of those races we get pumped up for and get excited to go to and be a part of. I’m excited to turn the page and get there. I think we’ll be pretty strong. I remember vividly coming to the race as a kid. It’s always been a great event but Mr. Penske, Bud Denker and everyone have done a great job. We came back and it was bumpy and since then, the paving job they have done is amazing. The restoration of the fountain and everything they have done has transformed the entire place. Between my dad winning the first race on Belle Isle (in 1992) and the almost-perfect weekend I had in 2017, Dad and I have a lot of pride in coming here. It’s probably the only place in my entire career that I can say that I have more wins at than my dad at any sort of venue, because he’s won everywhere else. Detroit is a special place for me. It will be a good weekend with the doubleheader races and a big opportunity to get some points and have a really strong run.”