Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato was delighted to come home in sixth place at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Sunday. Starting the race from 15th place, the defending Indianapolis 500 winner had a great race despite being involved in an incident with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe and speaking about the race Sato said:
We came in sixth. I think we did great. The team did the right call on strategy and chose the tire. We ran black, red (alternate), black which I think is the right strategy for our car. I don’t have a complaint on the balance. I had a little body work damage that rattled a bit so I lost some downforce and drag. But Dixon was fast, I tried pushing harder. All in all I think after qualifiers the team did a fantastic job. The Shield Cleansers, Panasonic, 30 team did an incredible job once again. I’m certainly looking forward to going back to Texas!”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda came home in 15th place after being involved in an incident but can be happy with the performance of his car as he ran as high as fourth during the 100 lap race and speaking following the event he said:
t was a frustrating day. I thought we had a pretty good car. I obviously came together with Alex; just kind of a racing incident. You know you have to make that move coming out of the pits. He blocked a little bit, which I would’ve done too so I don’t blame him. I tried to go down the inside and we just came together and then it looked like he had a flat tire and went straight through Turn 5 and that was that. After that it was just a long recovery for us, or trying to. We were only able to make up five spots in the end which was a little bit frustrating. The United Rentals guys deserved better today. I think we had a top three, top four car certainly. We were very, very competitive. But once you get stuck in the back there, it’s pretty hard to come through the field. We’ve just got to keep our heads down. We’ve got Texas next weekend. There are two races, two good opportunities so hopefully we can find something and go fast there.