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July 10, 2018

Rahal Returns to Toronto Optimistic After Qualifying Second Last Year

PRACTICE BROADCASTS: Live on www.Indycar.com with analysis from the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (AAPIRN) and on the INDYCAR YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/indycar) on Friday beginning at 10:40 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET, Saturday beginning at 9:50 a.m. and Sunday beginning at 11:40 a.m.. Also on the INDYCAR 18 app.

 

QUALIFYING BROADCAST: NBCSN will air tape-delayed coverage on Saturday, July 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage will air on the (AAPIRN), the INDYCAR 18 app and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis).

 

RACE BROADCAST: Live on NBCSN, Sunday, July 15 beginning at 3 p.m. ET and on the INDYCAR 18 app. The race will also air live on the AAPIRN, Sirius 217, XM 209 and www.indycar.com

 

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.786-mile, 11-turn temporary street course
 

RACE LENGTH: 85 laps / 151.81 miles

 

RAHAL’S BEST TORONTO START/FINISH: 2nd in 2017 / 5th in 2010; will be his 13th Indy car race here and 14th overall
 

RAHAL’S HIGHEST SERIES START/FINISH: 3 Poles – St. Pete (street) 2009, Kansas (oval) 2009, Detroit (street) 2017 / 6 Wins – St. Pete 2008, Fontana (oval; 500 miles) 2015, Mid-Ohio (road) 2015, Texas (oval) 2016; Detroit Race 1 2017, Detroit Race 2 2017

 

NEWS & NOTES:

 

MISSED OPPORTUNITY AFTER STARTING 2ND IN 2017 FOR RAHAL – RACE REWIND
In 2017, Graham earned his best start in Toronto to date of second place. On the start, he had a run on pole sitter Simon Pagenaud and went on the outside as third place Helio Castroneves went on the inside and passed both cars. Points leader Scott Dixon and frontrunner Will Power made contact behind Rahal with Dixon needing to pit and Power ultimately retiring therefore it looked to be a good opportunity to make up some ground in the title fight. While Rahal was still third with the top-three pulling away, Tony Kanaan made contact on Lap 23 and fourth place runner Josef Newgarden was able to dive into the pits before the Full Course Caution came out and closed them. Once the pits opened, the front runners made their stops after that and Rahal rejoined the race in 16th place. Late in the race he ran 10th but was able to pass Sebastien Saavedra for ninth before the checkered flag. Newgarden won with Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe, who both pit right before Kanaan’s caution, finishing second and third. Rahal is hoping for another competitive weekend in Toronto with a better end result.

“It looked like we were going to have a good race last year after starting second. The Rousseau Metal car was solid. We just got really hosed by a yellow that basically put Helio, Pagenaud and myself to the back and we were the lead three so obviously that ruined our day. The car was pretty good though, there were no major complaints. Were we good enough to beat Helio (Castroneves) or (Simon) Pagenaud on that day if we didn’t get hosed by that yellow? I don’t think so but we were certainly a podium contender so it was disappointing not to make it all happen. I’m excited to go back. If I look at our street course performances so far, it’s our strongest package. Hopefully we can just make it happen. Right now we need to get a win and get need to get some points.”

GRAHAM RAHAL AT TORONTO
The 2018 Honda Indy Toronto will be Graham Rahal’s 13th Indy car race here and 14th overall (Atlantic 2006). In 12 Indy car races, his best start of second came last year and best finish of fifth came in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing. He has three, top-five starts and four, top-10 finishes. More details available upon request.

”The Honda Indy Toronto is an iconic event in our sport. There is always great crowd support. Nowadays with Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) and with Robbie, I fully expect there to be a ruckus crowd as usual. Hopefully we can go up there and try to spoil their dreams. They repaved a couple of sections which is good, it was needed. I don’t think it’s going to transform the place so it will still be textbook Toronto.”

 

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