Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda believes the team should be very competitive at the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend as the NTT IndyCar Series heads north for their only visit outside of the States this season.
Rahal have been extremely fast so far this season and Graham goes into the weekend in eighth place on 244 points ans peaking ahead of the race he said:
I think we should be very competitive at the Honda Indy Toronto. While our street course package has lacked a little this year, I think we can build upon Long Beach and our Toronto setups from last year and make some magic this time around. We have momentum. Our race cars are good and our team is performing at a high level. We are in with a great shot of reaching the top five in the championship or maybe better! It was good to get a break in the schedule and come back rested and focused on the next three races in a row. The guys will be ready, I will be ready, and we’re up for the challenge. I’m looking forward to it
Takuma Sato in No.30 MiJack Honda has had a fantastic build up to the race this weekend as last week he attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed and drove Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4-4 up the Goodwood Hill and speaking ahead of the race in Toronto this weekend, the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner who sits in sixth place in the points standings said:
Toronto is a one of my favorite venues. It has a long history of racing and downtown is just gorgeous with a lot of cool restaurants, so I think it’s a very popular one on the schedule. The fans are very enthusiastic and the atmosphere is great. We had a Japanese fan club tour a couple of times too, so everyone seems enjoy the Toronto race very much. We had a really good pace (last year) and had a good start, but at same time, we had a small issue during the race, too, and unfortunately, I had an incident. It was really a shame because a podium finish was possible but our competitiveness in the race was encouraging. We should absolutely be competitive again in Toronto. We are trying a new concept this year and it works well in many areas. We haven’t shown a great deal of competitiveness on street courses this year, but we are confident we can this time. Street courses are always challenging as there is no margin for error, especially in Toronto which is famous as one of the bumpiest and it is quite tricky as the surface changes multiple times even in a single corner, so to get it right and be consistent is quite challenging, but I like it. Also, the track has a long straight followed by a heavy braking (area) down to the hairpin and that provides a lot of opportunity for overtaking. It’s a very exciting race every year so I am really looking forward to the weekend.”