Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda started Sunday’s home race at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, the Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline from eighth place and came home in sixth place but felt that the team just weren’t in a position to attack for a podium or race win today.
The Mid-Ohio race is complete and we came home sixth today. It was not a bad day but we just never really got a chance to attack too much. We just weren’t quite good enough behind others but the car was fast. We had the third fastest race lap. But trying to get to the front was a major challenge. The stars of today were once again the guys in the pit crew. The stops were phenomenal and made a huge, huge difference today and I’m super proud of them for all they do. We’re going to get a win one of these days. We just have to get our cars a little bit better, I have to drive a little better, make the strategy a little better, and have all these things come together. Thanks to Fifth Third Bank for their support. Off we go for a little break and I’m looking forward to it.
In what Paddock Eye understands was his last outing for the team this season, Santino Ferrucci in the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda started the race from 22nd place and came through the field to finished the race inside the top ten in ninth place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“Well, Mid-Ohio is done and dusted with a P9 finish and 13 positions made up so the racecar was “Hella” fast. Thank you to the whole RLL crew; we were fast down pit road all day. And thank you to Hy-Vee and Mountain Dew.”
Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic MiJack Honda started the race from 19th and cane home in tenth place meaning that all three Rahal Letterman Lanigan ended the race in the top ten and speaking following the event, Sato said:
We got 10th starting from 19th. It was a difficult weekend. It (the race) got started well, I think that there was an incident in front that we avoided twice in a row so at the restart I think it was all good. We settled into the rhythm and, strategy-wise, after that there were no yellows so nothing we could really do. I think everyone was spread for the two-stop strategy. We stretched for the first one so we were one of the late stoppers for the group. That enabled us to have a hard race, particularly with Bourdais in the end, and make a place on the final lap. I think it was decent but not the best result we wanted. But starting from 19th and finishing in the top 10, we will take it. Now hopefully a little summer vacation for the team and do lots of analysis. We will have one test in Laguna so I’m looking forward to the last part of the season