Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal driving the No.15 United Rentals Honda finished the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in 12th place having started the race in 10th place.

Speaking following the race he said:

I thought the United Rentals machine was pretty strong today and I thought the race was shaping up OK for us. We had a good first pit stop and I thought we were headed down the right path. Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) was about equal to us. I thought we were maybe a little better than Alex (Rossi), but we were struggling to get around (Jack) Harvey at that point. And Hinch said the same: he had a ton of straightline speed. Coulda, shoulda, woulda. It was a shame to get a puncture when we did. We’ve been on a little string of bad luck the last few races – the end of last year and to kick off this year – but hopefully, it will turn around in a hurry. I’m excited and happy with what I saw though. Our competitiveness this weekend versus last year here is definitely better. My hopes and expectations are pretty high.”

Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic Seeman Holtz Honda started the race from 20th place and came home in 19th place and speaking following the day’s action he said:

Everyone was on the same tire strategy. I think it’s the first time since Firestone brought out the red (alternate) tire that everyone chose to start on the same one, which means it was quite difficult to make a different strategy. Having said that, we made good progress. I overtook a few cars on the start and restarts, as well on track. We were steadily moving up the field and it was looking good for us. We weren’t the most competitive, but we were definitely moving up the field, which was positive. In the end, I am obviously disappointed not to finish. The boys worked so hard for us, it’s a shame not to finish it. COTA is the next race for us and we had a positive test. It’s a very dynamic course and I am looking forward to it.”

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