Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals/TurnsForTroops Honda started Saturday’s opening race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Lear from pole position alongside Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.
Rahal led 55 of the 70 lap race, completely dominating the event to take his first win of the season and his first since the Texas race last year.
Rahal didn’t put a foot wrong all race and was absolutely fantastic all day. Speaking following the event he commented by saying:
First of all, I got to say thanks to my boys. The guys did a great job in the pits. You know, Eddie (Jones, engineer), Martin (Pare, engineer), Mike (Talbott, head of vehicle dynamics), Tom (German, engineering consultant), all the engineers, Alex (Farina, engineer), all the guys that came up with this setup. As I said to you guys yesterday, we rolled off the truck and it was right there. So definitely pleased with that because we changed one thing this weekend. That doesn’t normally happen, so I’m really excited about that. But, yes, we were firing on all cylinders today. We were able to match whatever pace we needed to. We were able to run some blistering fast times while saving a ton of fuel, so thanks to Honda for that. I could certainly do the number that I needed to. You know, it’s just a routine day. As I said to you guys yesterday, and trust me, a lot of drivers didn’t like my comment that I felt like I could dominate if I got out front, but I didn’t lie. I didn’t say that in any other way other than I felt that confident in my car. It’s not about anything else. I just knew if I could be out front in clean air, we could do what we did today. I’m very fortunate for the team around me. The guys did a tremendous job. For United Rentals, Soldier Strong, Turns For Troops, we raised a lot more money, hopefully we sold some T-shirts today. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.