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May 12, 2018

Rahal finished Ninth in the IndyCar Grand Prix

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We had a pretty good car on the reds and were able to get the United Rentals machine up to the front but ultimately on the blacks we really struggled.  Everybody did but the time in which we put them on hurt us.  And then on the last fuel run, I was hitting the fuel number I was told to hit and came up short. Luckily I ran out in the last corner. If it was before that I would have been a lot more upset. I lost eighth place and finished ninth. That’s the way things go sometimes. We didn’t have quite Dixon’s pace on reds, which is how he got that big gain over us but my guys did a great job in the pits. The got me positions when we needed to and we were able to pass a lot of cars in the race. Overall I can’t complain too much. I’m tired of starting in the back. If we can start in the top-three or top-five even we can make these guys lives really tough. We make it tough for them now but we’re doing it from 17th. We need to start up front and make it really tough on them. I’m confident in that, confident in my team. We just have to get the job done in qualifying.”

·      FAST FACTS: He started 17th and lost a few spots on the start when he was boxed in but remained 17th after a few cars made contact or fell back before a full course caution for contact between Pigot and Sato. He pit to top off on fuel during the caution and returned to the track in 16th. Once the pit cycle started, he moved up to third before he made his second stop on Lap 23. He returned to the track in 11th before he briefly cycled into the lead on Lap 43 for three laps before he made his third stop on Lap 46. He returned to the track in eighth place but lost two positions while on the black, primary Firestone tires. He moved to ninth when Newgarden made contact with Bourdais and brought out a caution when he stopped on track. Rahal and the majority of the field pitted during the caution and he was able to get back on the red alternate tires that suited his car more. During the stop, he gained a position to return to eighth place. He was able to maintain the position until the final lap where he ran out of fuel exiting the final corner and coasted across the finish in ninth. The 2018 Grand Prix of Indianapolis was Graham Rahal’s fifth Indy car race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His highest finish here is second place and his highest start is eighth although he qualified third in 2016 but his car was disqualified for being underweight.  In five events, he has four top-10 finishes of second (2015), fourth (2016), sixth (2017) and 9th (2018). Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from being tied for third in the standings to sixth with 142 points, only 10 out of third place.

 

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