Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda was left disappointed following a tricky home race for the Ohio native at the Honda Indy 200.
Rahal who started the race from seventh place finished the event in ninth place and speaking following the event he said:
I’m disappointed. We just weren’t good enough today. The pace just wasn’t there in the car and the rear was so unstable. We struggled with too much oversteer most of the race, which put us a ways behind the 8-ball. I just couldn’t get close enough to anybody without losing a lot. We had to just manage the rest of the day. I was hoping for a better result for the Fifth Third Bank team.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda started the race from eighth place and was caught up in a first lap incident with Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton and as a result he finished the race in 17th place and speaking following the race he said:
It’s extremely disappointing not to be able to compete competitively. The start was good. I overtook a couple of cars and was P6 and there were only a few cars in front and it all looked good but on the second lap in Turn 4 I know Chilton was on Push to Pass and was coming so I left one car space into Turn 4 and it was all good. On the exit of Turn 4 somehow he clipped me from behind and I got spun from that. After that I never recovered in the race. Unfortunately in the middle of the stint the pace wasn’t very good so it was difficult to gain any positions back. I think I dropped to 21st and only gained a few positions in the end so it is very disappointing. We had high hopes today but that was the race.