Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 MiJack Honda and his team mate Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda had a strong day at Barber Motorsports Park following Monday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama that had been postponed after torrential rain on Sunday.
Rahal who started the race from 15th place came through the field to finish the event in seventh place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
In the dry we were able to make some moves and get by some guys and turn in some good laps when we needed to before the pit stops and cycle out to a pretty good spot. Overall it was a decent day. I can’t say too much bad about it. I’ll take seventh. We lost some ground to a few of the guys ahead but overall it’s good to be third in points.
Takuma Sato had a great race. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner who started the race in 18th and finished the event in eighth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We tried a one-stop strategy and basically everyone else was two-stoppers so we looked like we lacked pace but we had to save a massive amount of fuel. It looked good until the middle. My teammate came on charge and was on a hard two-stopper so I let him go and lost some positions a couple of times but then it looked good. If the yellow came, we would have been in a very positive position. Even not, a lot of people had to come into the pits. However, unfortunately the rain came and I had to stop again for rain tires which meant my second stint was basically just a slow pace. It’s a big shame. The rain helped me a lot yesterday to get to eighth and today, in the end the rain didn’t help my strategy. I will take it after a difficult qualifying. We need to make the car fast at the Indy Grand Prix because we have a lot of work to be done.