Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda had a fantastic race at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday.

The Japanese driver who took pole position for the race locking out the front row alongside his team mate Graham Rahal led 74/90 laps to claim his fourth NTT IndyCar Series win.

Speaking following the race he said:

“It’s really a big thank you for Bobby (Rahal), Dave (Letterman) and Mike Lanigan to make this (possible) for me. And big thank you to Graham Rahal; we were working so closely together. I mean today, either of us was going to be competitive. It was very unfortunate what happened to him, but this is great for the team. (Slow first stop) I think on the No. 30 car we have new boys and always learning, and (slow stops) happen; it’s racing. You know, I make mistakes too. It’s OK. I think we were back in the lead after that, and the car was superb today. (Late mistake) Maybe I shouldn’t have pushed that hard. It was a very intense battle; it was good.”

Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda made a great start to the race and was running second before a throttle issue forced him to retire from the race.

Speaking following the day’s action he said:

About Lap 3 the throttle started to stick, and I tried to make it hang on. We did, I don’t know, 15 laps that way. Finally, it was going to put me in a gravel trap or something; for sure I was hanging on way too much. The car just died, completely shut off. We had this (problem) in qualifying, luckily it was on my cool-down lap from the lap where I (qualified second). But these have to be connected. Last night we changed the throttle pedal, we changed the sensors, we checked all the tuning. I don’t know, but it has to be something in the loom. It’s just a shame. One Cure, this whole team, was working really good. Takuma and I were running away there at the start. I thought it was our day, man, I thought it was our weekend. Here and at St. Pete, with the flat tire, man, c’mon. At some point (our luck) has got to change.”

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