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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Announces Reassigned Entries for Rahal, Harvey and Lundgaard for 2023

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (November 23, 2022) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team has revised the entry designation for their three fulltime programs for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Graham Rahal will continue in the No. 15 entry while Jack Harvey will take over the No. 30 and Christian Lundgaard will pilot the No. 45 Honda-powered entry. 
 
“We have been looking at ways to ensure our increased performance and improve our potential for success for 2023 and one of our decisions has been to reassign cars to Jack and Christian,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of RLL. “We made a commitment to our drivers, team members and sponsors to perform at our highest level possible and although 2022 didn’t work out as we wanted, we have made moves to improve this. One of which was the commitment we made when we hired Technical Director Stefano Sordo, who can bring a new perspective. We feel this recent decision on our driver/car lineup will also be a positive one for both Jack and Christian as well as our organization as a whole.”
 
Supermarket chain Hy-Vee will continue as the full-season, primary sponsor of the No. 45 entry as part of a multi-year agreement. Details on primary sponsorship for the No. 30 entry will be announced in the coming months. Hy-Vee will also be present on the No. 30 entry as an associate sponsor as part of their teamwide associate sponsorship.
 
In 2023, Harvey will begin his fourth full season in INDYCAR. His best start to date is second place in the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and 2020 GMR Grand Prix and his best finish is third in the 2019 Indianapolis Grand Prix. Lundgaard will begin his second full season in the series in 2023 after being named the 2022 Rookie of the Year with a best-finish of second place in the Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and best start of third in the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix of Nashville in August.
 
The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 3-5. The 17-race schedule includes the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend doubleheader on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 – both at Iowa Speedway. For more information about the series or team, visit www.indycar.com and www.rahal.com.

Firestone GP of Monterey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 11, 2022

LUNDGAARD EARNED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS WITH FIFTH PLACE IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY INDYCAR SEASON FINALE; RAHAL AND HARVEY FINISHED 18TH AND 20TH RESPECTIVELY

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
 “Today was frustrating. It was a difficult car to drive today a little bit. On the strategy side, we went to the used reds and it just killed us, killed our race. We were obviously looking good ahead of Christian and then the next thing you know the wheels on the bus completely exploded. I’m frustrated to end our season this way; mightily frustrated. Everyone has worked their tails off this year to just bounce back and to get competitive again so I’m appreciative of all their efforts. We will just put our heads down and work hard this off season. We’re appreciative of all of our sponsors. In a year like this, it’s so tough and demanding and disappointing across the board. To have their support means the world to us. I thought we rebounded well and finished 11th in the points. We expect to be a lot further forward than that but considering the year we had, I’ll take it, we’ll take it on the chin and move on.”

  • FAST FACTS: Like Lundgaard, Rahal started on primary tires from 19th place and steadily climbed his way up the field. A pivotal decision came when the team opted to take on used alternate tires on his second stop compared to Lundgaard, who took on primary tires. The two had been running together with Rahal ahead in seventh place initially but the two swapped positions on Lap 57/95 and he fell four positions before the team elected to stop again for primary tires on Lap 61. He ultimately finished 18th, one lap down to the leaders... He finished the 2022 INDYCAR SERIES season in 11th place in the point standings with a total of 345.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We hoped to get to this point in Portland, but we kept the challenge going into the last race here in Laguna but now it’s done; we’re rookie champions so we achieved it.  Now there is another goal to set for next year. It’s been a terribly long year. We were on the back foot at the beginning of the season but as we got to Road America and Mid-Ohio we started to bounce back. We had a podium at the road course at IMS. We were there at Nashville, we were good at Portland, but I struggled here, Laguna Seca, at the test just before Portland. I couldn’t figure it out but showed up for the race weekend and we were better. We had a good Sunday and we needed it. It was a long, tough race. It was all managing your tires and I wanted to be on the opposite strategy at the beginning of the race because I knew I didn’t have the pace to move through the field in the beginning, but we did on the blacks (primary Firestone tires). We moved up quite a bit. I think we were already running ninth from 16th at that point. We just kept progressing from there. It was tough getting the fuel number at the end, but I think Pato was struggling a bit more than I was and I went from seventh to sixth which was good. And then Grosjean was struggling on the reds. I’m just happy. Honestly, it’s pretty rewarding.”

  • FAST FACTS: Added his name to a long, illustrious list of race car drivers who won the INDYCAR Rookie of the Year, including 1982 ROY winner Bobby Rahal after driving to a fifth-place finish and increasing his pre-race five-point-lead over David Malukas to a 323-305 season-ending tally. Lundgaard started 16th and steadily moved up the field after starting on primary tires while the majority of the field started on alternates He moved up one position to finish the season 14th in the series point standings with a total of 323.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The car was very challenging to drive which is a sad way to finish the season. It’s going to be a big off season; we have a lot of work to do from now until St. Pete next year. This season obviously hasn’t gone great but it’s not for a lack of effort, so I want to say thank you to everyone at RLL for the effort and always putting their best foot forward. Obviously, we can’t do this without out team partners. And a big thank you to Hy-Vee. I look forward to trying to give them better results next year.”

  • FAST FACTS: Harvey started the race 21st and finished 20th.  He ended the season ranked 22nd in series point standings with 209 points after missing one of the 17 races (Texas).  

Lundgaard, Rahal and Harvey to Start 16th, 19th and 21st in the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingFirestone Grand Prix of Monterey
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – September 10, 2022

LUNDGAARD, RAHAL AND HARVEY WILL START 16TH, 19TH AND 21ST IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY


1)      Will Power                   1:11.6127 / 112.505 mph    (Group 2, Round 3)
16)    Christian Lundgaard   1:12.2093 / 111.579 mph   (Group 2, Round 1)  
19)    Graham Rahal             1:12.5970 / 110.980 mph    (Group 1, Round 1)
21)    Jack Harvey                 1:12.8366 / 110.615 mph   (Group 1, Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We’ve struggled all weekend but I was hoping to muscle it around and find some lap time and just make magic happen somehow. But when you only get one lap on reds (due to the red flag), and can’t get the tire to work to its maximum, this happens. We have struggled this season with that. We’re good in the race but that’s because we don’t use the tire in qualifying and that was the case today. We cannot generate temperature in the tire, cannot get the tire to work and therefore when you have only a one lap flyer in qualifying, we’re toast. We don’t have that card in our deck and it costs us greatly in a messy session like today.”

  • FAST FACTS: The 2022 race will mark the third for Rahal at the trackIn 2021, he started 12th and ran as high as fourth before his first stop on Lap 18/95. The handling of his race car was better halfway through his second stint and he gained a few spots before he made his second stop from third place on Lap 40.  He pit from second place for his third stop on Lap 67 and was able to leapfrog O’Ward by staying out longer. He held third place for 11 laps before Grosjean, whose tires had six less laps on them, passed him on Lap 84/95 and he held on to finish fourth.  In 2019, he started eighth and lost two positions on the start to Hunter-Reay and Ferrucci. He dropped to 11th on Lap 5 when Rosenqvist passed him and cycled as high as fifth place before his second pit stop on Lap 39. He ran 10th for the majority of his next stint before his third and final stop and came out 11th. He later lost a position to Hunter-Reay on Lap 68 of 90 and ultimately took the checkered flag 12th. In 2019, he started eighth and finished 12th…After testing at Laguna Seca on August 29 and setting the fourth fastest lap, he is hoping to continue the momentum from a fifth-place finish last Sunday in Portland and finish the season strong. His highest start of the season is fifth at Portland and his highest finish is third at Texas Motor Speedway… 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)… He is 11th in series point standings with a total of 333.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Obviously qualifying did not end up how we wanted. We didn’t really want to end the session as early as we did.  We were very strong on the blacks and didn’t quite manage to make the reds work and I think it’s the same across the three cars. We’re struggling to switch them on and make sure we get the peak out of them. I just never felt like I had a peak in the tires. After the session now I feel like it was over before it began. It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow. We’re going to see what we can do and see if we can get a good result.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will make his first start here Lundgaard was having another great race weekend at the previous race in Portland after qualifying fourth, starting third and taking over second place on the start. A couple of issues in the pits and an off-track excursion while eighth dropped him to a 21st place finish but he is determined to end the season on a high and add the knowledge gained over the Portland weekend to the data collected in a test at Laguna on August 29. Although his lead reduced from +11 to +5 on fellow rookie David Malukas, he is focused on having another strong weekend… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 293, +5 points on David Malukas.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a weird session really. We had fuel to do four pushing laps so on Lap 1 I had to back off to get a gap to Scott and I didn’t even complete my second lap (before Newgarden brought out the red flag), which at the time if we had would have put us way in to the top six at that point. And then the session doesn’t get going again really. We can talk about bankers (banker laps) all the day, but it is just not a good system because it just completely ruins our weekend really. I think it’s fair to say that the first pushing lap, our tires aren’t ready to go and it’s something we’ve been talking about throughout the season but I feel confident that on Lap 2 we would have been up up there, granted maybe not the fastest in the session but I went into qualifying feeling like we could transfer (to Round 2). The balance has been getting progressively better. It’s pretty disappointing. I know that the session format is the same for everyone but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. It’s hard to make up the spots in the race because of the way this place races. Ultimately we’re going to have good race pace and have really good stops tomorrow, good in laps, good out laps and good pace. I think having good tire deg is going to make a difference and I think our was actually okay. But it’s hard from where we’re starting.”

  • FAST FACTS: Harvey has raced at Laguna Seca two times. His best start and finish came in 2021 with a 20th place start and 15th place finish… He is ranked 22nd with 184 points. 

NEXT UP:  The warmup will take place tomorrow from 9:00-9:30 a.m. PT. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 11.

Lundgaard, Harvey and Rahal Set the 15th, 19th and 20th Fastest Times in Practice 1 of the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingFirestone Grand Prix of Monterey
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – September 9, 2022


LUNDGAARD, HARVEY AND RAHAL SET THE 15TH, 19TH AND 20TH FASTEST TIMES IN PRACTICE 1 OF THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY

1)         Josef Newgarden         1:11.4103 / 112.824 mph       
15)       Christian Lundgaard    1:12.3193 / 111.406 mph       
19)       Jack Harvey                  1:12.9774 / 110.401 mph
20)        Graham Rahal              1:13.0487 / 110.294 mph       

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The car was way off what it was at the test; it’s so loose. From the first lap, it was unbelievably loose. On the reds (Firestone alternate tires), I can’t even get them up to temp I’m so sideways all the time. We tried two different setups and I have no clue what it’s behaving like it is. It’s like we have no diff (differential). I can’t control the car so we have to go back and look at the data and figure out what is happening.”

  • FAST FACTS: The 2022 race will mark the third for Rahal at the trackIn 2021, he started 12th and ran as high as fourth before his first stop on Lap 18/95. The handling of his race car was better halfway through his second stint and he gained a few spots before he made his second stop from third place on Lap 40.  He pit from second place for his third stop on Lap 67 and was able to leapfrog O’Ward by staying out longer. He held third place for 11 laps before Grosjean, whose tires had six less laps on them, passed him on Lap 84/95 and he held on to finish fourth.  In 2019, he started eighth and lost two positions on the start to Hunter-Reay and Ferrucci. He dropped to 11th on Lap 5 when Rosenqvist passed him and cycled as high as fifth place before his second pit stop on Lap 39. He ran 10th for the majority of his next stint before his third and final stop and came out 11th. He later lost a position to Hunter-Reay on Lap 68 of 90 and ultimately took the checkered flag 12th. In 2019, he started eighth and finished 12th…After testing at Laguna Seca on August 29 and setting the fourth fastest lap, he is hoping to continue the momentum from a fifth-place finish last Sunday in Portland and finish the season strong. His highest start of the season is fifth at Portland and his highest finish is third at Texas Motor Speedway… 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)… He is 11th in series point standings with a total of 333.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was an interesting session. We started off pretty well, the car seemed to be handling quite okay in a decent window which was very positive from the get-go. I think we struggled a little more toward the end, making sure the car was in that window we started in. I’m sure there is more pace to be found, the end result was for sure not our maximum potential so I’m not too worried for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will make his first start here Lundgaard was having another great race weekend at the previous race in Portland after qualifying fourth, starting third and taking over second place on the start. A couple of issues in the pits and an off-track excursion while eighth dropped him to a 21st place finish but he is determined to end the season on a high and add the knowledge gained over the Portland weekend to the data collected in a test at Laguna on August 29. Although his lead reduced from +11 to +5 on fellow rookie David Malukas, he is focused on having another strong weekend… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 293, +5 points on David Malukas.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a weird session because I felt like we really unloaded out of the box, not bad. I think we had a top-10 lap time. I made a small mistake and it didn’t show it but I went slower on (the typically faster) reds than I did on blacks so that is confusing. Yeah, it was a weird one”

  • FAST FACTS: Harvey has raced at Laguna Seca two times. His best start and finish came in 2021 with a 20th place start and 15th place finish… He is ranked 22nd with 184 points.  

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT LAGUNA SECA … The 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will mark the 15th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and second here since 12 consecutive races at the track from 1992-2003. The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA races here from 2009-2021 as BMW M Team RLL and has earned three wins, three poles and a total of 11 podium finishes to date – including pole and a second-place finish in 2019. The team finished third at the May 1, 2022 race. The Indy car team has earned three wins, three poles and a total of six podiums (1st – Herta 1998-1999; Papis 2001; 2nd – Herta 1996; 3rd: B. Rahal 1992, Papis 1999) including three straight pole positions (Herta 1997-1999).

NEXT UP:  Practice 2 will take place tomorrow from 10:15-11:15 a.m. PT and qualifying will take place from 2:05-3:20 p.m. PT.  Peacock will broadcast all sessions live. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is also available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 11.

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Stefano Sordo to Join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as Technical Director of the INDYCAR Program

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 8, 2022) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today a move that will strengthen their engineering group and position the team for success in the coming years. Stefano Sordo, who has over 20 years of engineering experience with top Formula One teams, will join the organization as technical director of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES program beginning October 1.
 
Sordo spent the past six seasons with McLaren Racing F1 as head and director of vehicle performance and, prior to that, was with Red Bull Racing F1, among other teams. He will oversee a multi-tiered engineering structure at the team’s new headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana that will have an emphasis on a variety of areas and lay the foundation for the team to achieve their goals. The move is another indication of the commitment that the team has placed in their future in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
 
QUOTEBOARD:
 
STEFANO SORDO: “I’m very excited to be joining Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s team in the INDYCAR series. It is a very challenging and very competitive series where I think every competitor can have a chance at winning every time they participate in a race providing you get all the ingredients right. The excitement of this new role for me is to challenge myself and see if with the experience and methodology developed through many years spent in F1 I can help the team moving forward in becoming a consistent front running team. This is the clear challenge and target that I set for myself and I look forward to getting started. I would like to thank Bobby and Mike for this opportunity and their trust in my abilities and I hope I can repay them with successes at the track.”
 
BOBBY RAHAL: “I’m so please that Stefano will be joining the team as technical director. He is well-respected in the industry and his track record speaks for itself having worked with organizations like McLaren and Red Bull in Formula One, among others. I’m confident that Stefano will bring to us a perspective that will raise our game against our competition and work well with our existing engineering staff.”  
 
MIKE LANIGAN: “Stefano has shown he is capable of leading large groups of engineers at the top level of motorsport and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him join our team. His depth of experience, combined with his knowledge of the various areas to maximize the performance of a race car will be a tremendous asset to us going forward.”

Jupiter and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pick Up Speed With Multi-Year Sponsorship

RLL state-of-the-art headquarters increases horsepower with Jupiter’s family of Pana’s

Hayward, CA – September 7, 2022 – Jupiter, the market leader, and pioneer of ultra-wide 21:9 5K large format LCD displays and video wall processors, is proud to announce their associate motorsports sponsorship agreement with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL). The competition heats up with the addition of Jupiters’ 21:9 technology to RLL’s new state-of-the-art racing and command center in Indiana. INDYCAR fans will notice a new logo added to car No.30 at this Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

“We’re pleased that Jupiter has joined us as the official Visualization Technology of RLL,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “In addition to that, they are going to be an associate sponsor on the No. 30 entry beginning at this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey and continuing for multiple years. This relationship is going to be of tremendous value to us because of the capability it will give us in our new racing headquarters. When guests enter our building, the first thing they will see is a large Jupiter screen that will showcase our team and it is a sight to behold.  Jupiter is clearly a leader in providing ultra-wide, LCD video monitors and their technology will be featured throughout our race shop in the conference rooms, our engineering theatre command center, I call Mission Control, and the various other spaces we have designed to host team and partner gatherings. I’m anxious to see their systems in action because it will highlight much of why we designed the building the way we did. The quality and clarity of their product is going to help us accomplish our goals, on track or off.”

“We’re excited about our partnership with the incredible RLL Racing Team. For us it’s an exciting expansion into a new market area with a fantastic partner organization.  The RLL racing headquarters is a comprehensive installation taking advantage of the entire Jupiter portfolio, with all of our Pana LCD’svideo wall processing, and our Canvas software. We’ve added a collaborative edge for the team in their Mission Control environment by extending real-time race data to their team off-site. Our Canvas software seamlessly allows the RLL remote race team to monitor the race from HQ, view in detail the real time conditions and telemetrics from the track on multiple videowalls and operator workstations, and then feed suggestions and adjustments to the on-track teams, as well as to distribute video throughout the racing headquarters and to partner locations. Throughout the entire building you’ll recognize the market leading 21:9 visualization and collaboration solutions with our Pana family of touch-interactive LCD panels in 34’, 81”, and 105”, says Justin Shong, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing and General Manager for Jupiter.

To learn more about Jupiter’s’ sponsorship agreement and family of products used at RLL Headquarters, tune into the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on NBC at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 11, or visit their website at Jupiter.com.

ABOUT JUPITER
For more than 40 years, Jupiter has empowered federal agencies, public and private organizations, and large and small corporations with technology that drives decision-making. Companies that seek to deliver revolutionary ways to process multiple, simultaneous data from disparate sources and display them effectively with control come to Jupiter. Recognized as the innovation leader in collaborative visualization, Jupiter’s breakthroughs and product innovations have shaped the industry.

ABOUT RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2022, the team is in its 31st year of competition and will attempt to add to its 29 Indy car wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice and the 2020 Indy 500 with Takuma Sato — their 33 poles, 108 podium finishes and 1992 series championship.  The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 – Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. From 2014-2021, BMW Team RLL competed in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and brought their total to 22 wins – including the 2019 and 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance races, 28 poles and 94 podium finishes as well as a second-place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017. The team was also the 2020 Michelin Endurance Champions. For 2022, BMW M Team RLL will compete in the GTD Pro class while simultaneously ramping up for a two-car program in the much-anticipated LMDh class of IMSA for 2023.

Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey Aim to End the 2022 INDYCAR Season on a High at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Pre-Race Notes
Round 17 of 17 in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

DATE:     September 9-11, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. ET, Saturday from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET and Sunday from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET. Also live on the INDYCAR Radio Network (IRN) and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis).

QUALIFYING BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium, the IRN and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis) from 5:05 – 6:20 p.m. ET Saturday.

RACE BROADCAST:     Live on NBC Sunday, September 11 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET. And also on Peacock Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT:     2.258-mile, 11-turn road course
RACE LENGTH:     95 laps / 214.51 miles

PREVIOUS WINNER:     Colton Herta

PREVIOUS POLESITTER:     Colton Herta (1:10.7994 / 113.798 mph) 

RAHAL’S BEST LAGUNA SECA START / FINISH:     8th in 2019 / 4th in 2021; will be his third INDYCAR race here
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

LUNDGAARD’S BEST START / FINISH AT LAGUNA SECA:     First event
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     3rd at Nashville & Portland 2022 / 2nd at the July Indy GP 2022

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT LAGUNA SECA:     20th / 15th – both in 2021; 2 events
HARVEY’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)

RLL’S HIGHEST LAGUNA INDYCAR START / FINISH:     3 Indy car Poles – 1997-1999 (Herta) / 3 Indy car Wins – 1998-1999 (Herta), 2001 (Papis) / 6 Indy car Podiums

RLL’S HIGHEST LAGUNA IMSA START / FINISH:     3 IMSA Poles – 2011, ‘15, ‘19 / 3 IMSA Wins – 2015, ‘17, ‘18 / 11 IMSA Podiums


NEWS & NOTES:

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING RETURNS TO ONE OF ITS MOST SUCCESSFUL TRACKS:     
The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will mark the 15th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and second here since 12 consecutive races at the track from 1992-2003. The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA races here from 2009-2021 as BMW M Team RLL and has earned three wins, three poles and a total of 11 podium finishes to date – including pole and a second-place finish in 2019. The team finished third at the May 1, 2022 race. The Indy car team has earned three wins, three poles and a total of six podiums (1st – Herta 1998-1999; Papis 2001; 2nd – Herta 1996; 3rd: B. Rahal 1992, Papis 1999) including three straight pole positions (Herta 1997-1999).  Prior to the 2022 event, the team prepared a total of 26 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03), Graham Rahal (2019, 2021), Takuma Sato (2019, 2021) and Oliver Askew (2021). The No. 15 United Rentals entry for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 PeopleReady entry for Christian Lundgaard and No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey will bring the Indy car total to 29 entries in 2022.

RAHAL AIMS TO IMPROVE UPON 2021 FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT LAGUNA SECA
The 2022 race will mark the third for Graham Rahal at the track. In 2021, Rahal started 12th and ran as high as fourth before his first stop on Lap 18/95. The handling of his race car was better halfway through his second stint and he gained a few spots before he made his second stop from third place on Lap 40.  He pit from second place for his third stop on Lap 67 and was able to leapfrog O’Ward by staying out longer. He held third place for 11 laps before Grosjean, whose tires had six less laps on them, passed him on Lap 84/95 and he held on to finish fourth.  In 2019, he started eighth and lost two positions on the start to Hunter-Reay and Ferrucci. He dropped to 11th on Lap 5 when Rosenqvist passed him and cycled as high as fifth place before his second pit stop on Lap 39. He ran 10th for the majority of his next stint before his third and final stop and came out 11th. He later lost a position to Hunter-Reay on Lap 68 of 90 and ultimately took the checkered flag 12th. After testing at Laguna Seca on August 29 and setting the fourth fastest lap, he hoping to continue the momentum from a fifth-place finish last Sunday in Portland and finish the season strong.
            “I thought we were pretty solid at the test. We still have some work to do on the balance of the car but it felt like we worked through a ton of different things and were pretty competitive so, that being said, we’ll see how different the track is when we get there this week. We’ve been okay at Laguna; solid. We were fourth there last year, but Laguna is temperamental year-to-year. Its all based on tire degradation and everything else. We will definitely be pushing to get the United Rentals car on the podium. It’s the last race of the year and we’re obviously aiming to get a win. We’ve got a great group of people and we’ve got a winning mentality. We’ve just got to come together this off season and improve in every area. The last race is the start of a lot of work. We’ll take a couple of weeks to get away from racing and clear our minds then come back together and work on ways to improve. But first, we’ve got this last big push.”

THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BATTLE EXTENDS TO THE SEASON FINALE FOR LUNDGAARD
Lundgaard was having another great race weekend at the previous race in Portland after qualifying fourth, starting third and taking over second place on the start. A couple of issues in the pits and an off-track excursion while eighth dropped him to a 21st place finish but he is determined to end the season on a high and add the knowledge gained over the Portland weekend to the data collected in a test at Laguna on August 29. Although his lead reduced from +11 to +5 on fellow rookie David Malukas, he is focused on having another strong weekend.
           “I would say that Graham for sure had more pace than we did at the Laguna test. But I think that the car characteristics we started off with in Portland were very similar. As the weekend started, we progressed through the sessions and qualified up at the top so we now have more knowledge for Laguna so I think the weekend itself will be good. David (Malukas) seemed to be quite strong there so we need to be on the top of our game and make sure we stay ahead of absolutely every move and tools they have. The track itself is awesome. It’s extremely low grip, which sort of caught me out. We were testing the limits in absolutely every corner and going off and finding the limits. The track is awesome itself; it’s the right place to hold the finale.”

THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM FOR JACK HARVEY AT LAGUNA SECA
Harvey has raced at Laguna Seca two times. His best start and finish came in 2021 with a 20th place start and 15th place finish. He took a road trip from Portland to the Monterey peninsula to see the sights along the way and is looking forward to his third race at the track after the recent test here.
            “Laguna Seca is a bucket list track for everybody. The corkscrew is so famous; everyone talks about that. I just enjoy driving the track. I’m really excited for when they repave it because right now it’s pretty low grip. I thought the test was fairly productive. I feel like we made some good progress throughout the day and think we ended in a good spot coming back for the race. With it being the season finale, for us there is no pressure since we aren’t fighting for the title or a specific rank but you’re always fighting for a good result. We’ll just go out there and enjoy the weekend and the possibility of having a great one. Laguna is a great place, I love being in Monterey. Its fair to say the season clearly hasn’t gone how we hoped it would. However, any opportunity to get a good result is one we’re going to go for. I think people underplay that a good result can lead us into the off season in a good direction.”

BOBBY RAHAL AT LAGUNA SECA – 11 MAJOR WINS OVER HIS CAREER AS A DRIVER AND TEAM OWNER
Bobby Rahal captured his first major race win at Laguna Seca in the Can Am series in 1979 so it’s only fitting that the track has become the most successful for RLL overall as a team. After that Can Am win, Rahal went on to become the only driver to win four straight Indy car wins at the track from 1984-1987, the 1985 win coming from pole. A third place in 1992 brought him his fifth podium finish at the track. In terms of Indy car history at Laguna Seca, in 22 races from 1983-2004, the most wins other drivers have is two (Danny Sullivan 1988, 1990), Michael Andretti (1991-92), Paul Tracy (1993-94), Bryan Herta with RLL (1998-99), Patrick Carpentier (2003-04).

POINT STANDINGS AFTER 16 OF 17 RACES
Heading into the season-finale, Rahal has a total of 333 points and is ranked 11th overall, -27 from 10th place Rosenqvist, 360. Lundgaard is 15th with 293 and is the highest-ranked rookie (+5 on fellow Rookie of the Year candidate Malukas, 288) and Harvey is 22nd with 199, -14 from 20th place Ilott.

Rahal Finished Fifth in the GP of Portland; Lundgaard Ran in Podium Contention But Faced a Few Challenges & Finished 21st; Harvey Finished 15th

#15: Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGrand Prix of Portland
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 4, 2022


RAHAL FINISHED FIFTH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; LUNDGAARD RAN IN PODIUM CONTENTION BUT FACED A FEW CHALLENGES AND FINISHED 21ST: HARVEY FINISHED 15TH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Quartz Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a great day here in Portland with a fifth-place finish for the Total Quartz Motor Oil machine. A top-five is like a win for us today. I would have loved to get Pato there at the end and thought we had the pace to do so. I had been setting him up for about 15 laps prior to get it done so to not do it, I’m a little salty. But the guys did a wonderful job in the pits. I’m really proud of everyone at Honda, everyone at RLL for keeping their heads down and getting us here. And really proud to represent United Rentals. We raised a lot more money for Turns for Troops so thank you so much to them for all of their support. The list goes on. For Total, we’ve had good success with this car. We’ve had a fast car here in Portland and hopefully next year we can come back and get a win.”

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started 11th and passed Newgarden for 10th on Lap 4. He held the position until the pit cycle started and moved up to the lead by Lap 22 before his first stop on Lap 23. He returned to run eighth and took over seventh when Ericsson was the last driver to pit on Lap 32. He passed Palou on Lap 43 for sixth place and climbed into the lead by Lap 49 on the next pit cycle before making his second stop on Lap 50. Once everything shook out, he was running sixth and claimed fifth when teammate Lundgaard pit on Lap 78. He made his final stop on Lap 79 and ran seventh. He tool over sixth place after a restart from contact between Johnson and Veekay and passed Newgarden again on Lap 91/110 for fifth place. For the final stretch, he attempted to pass O’Ward, whom he closed on to run -0.363 on the second to final lap but was unable to pass him and finished fifth… It was the seventh overall race for Graham at PIR and fifth in the headline event. Rahal moved up from 12th to 11th in series point standings with a total of 333, -27 from 10th place Rosenqvist, 360.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was not the end that we wanted obviously. The start was good with taking second place and the overall pace was good but we will learn from our other challenges and move on.”

  • FAST FACTS: Qualified fourth but started third due to Newgarden, who set the second fastest time, having to serve a six-spot grid penalty. He passed Power on the opening lap and held second place until leader McLaughlin made his first stop on Lap 21/110. He pit from the lead on Lap 22 but the fueler had an issue with slower than usual fuel flow. He made his second stop on Lap 47 and settled into fifth place behind McLaughlin, Power, O’Ward and Newgarden. When he pit from fifth place for his third and final stop on Lap 78, he stalled in his pit and lost a few positions. He was running eighth on Lap 94 when he attempted to pass Rossi and went off course in Turn 2. He collected a foam banner that stuck to the front of his race car and he had to pit to have it removed and returned to the track in 21st place where he ultimately finished.  After earning his first podium of second place at the previous road course race – the Gallagher Grand Prix at IMS on July 30 – Lundgaard is optimistic that the final two races of the season being on road courses will enable him to finish his rookie campaign on a high. He started sixth in that race and then went on to finish second before earning his top career qualifying effort of third on the streets of Nashville… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 293, His pre-race 11-point lead over Malukas reduced to +5 points heading into the season finale.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “That was a fine day for the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda, but only just fine. We’re just lacking a little bit of speed right now and we’re trying to figure out why it’s not quite gelling. I’m not sure what it is but I think we are making progress. Its subtle and not as quick and as much as I would like. The positive part of today is the pit stops were very good, so I have to say thanks to the guys on pit lane for that. Obviously, it’s getting towards the business end of the championship now and I just want to go to Laguna Seca and try and get the best finish we can and hopefully have our best finish of the year. Frankly we haven’t had enough of those good results this year, but we’ll work on it and try to finish as well as we can that weekend.”

  • FAST FACTS: Harvey started 17th and took over 16th on the first lap. He made his first stop on Lap 13 but got caught behind a pack of slower cars and didn’t have the pace to overtake them. That continued and he ultimately finished 15th. This was Harvey’s fourth INDYCAR race at PIR. In his three previous events, his best start is fourth place in 2019 and best finish is fourth last year after he led two times for a total of five laps. It’s a track he feels he has unfinished business at… He is ranked 22nd with 199 points.  

NEXT UP: The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale will take place next Sunday, September 11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

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Lundgaard, Rahal and Harvey Qualifying: Grand Prix of Portland

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGrand Prix of Portland
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – September 3, 2022

LUNDGAARD, RAHAL AND HARVEY QUALIFIED FOURTH, 11TH AND 17TH FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

1)    Scott McLaughlin           58.2349 / 121.412 mph       (Group 2, Round 3)
4)    Christian Lundgaard      58.4482 / 120.969 mph       (Group 2, Round 3)    *will start 3rd
11)   Graham Rahal                58.4475 / 120.970 mph       (Group 1, Round 2)
17)   Jack Harvey                   58.5332 / 120.793 mph       (Group 1, Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Quartz Engine Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were P11 in qualifying and its pretty frustrating to be honest. We’ve been fighting a little bit of imbalance and it just kind of showed its head there. In Turn 7, I was terrible all qualifying.  I could not get the car to turn. I don’t think I hit an apex once in Turn 7 the whole time. On the last run, I was up a little bit, which would have been enough to make the top-six and just got into Turn 7 and the car went dead straight. Unfortunately, I think the changes we made for qualifying just tipped it over. We were able to squeak through in Round 1 but in Round 2, it all kind of caught up with us. I’m frustrated for sure. I expect a lot better around here than what we just had but we’ll go back to our conventional car that we ran here last year and just go race from here and try to get the Quartz Motor Oil car up front.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the seventh overall race for Graham at PIR and fifth in the headline event. In 2021, he earned his best start of the season at Portland with fifth place. He led two times for a total of 36 laps, which was the most for all drivers but the timing of a caution negated his pit strategy and he finished 10th.  After starting fifth, he moved to second place on the opening lap and avoided damage from contact that involved multiple cars. He took over the lead on Lap 29 when leader O’Ward pit for fuel and tires and held it until his first stop on Lap 35/110. He came back on track ahead of O’Ward by staying out longer and undercutting him. He reclaimed the lead on Lap 44 and was 2.6-second ahead of O’Ward. A caution on Lap 51 for Kellett, who stopped in Turn 1 and Ilott, who stopped in Turn 7, came out. This forced the team to adopt the same two-stop strategy that those who were involved in the opening lap contact and topped off were on, so he had to save fuel and ultimately finished 10th. In 2019, he started 15th and misjudged the braking point into the first turn on the opening lap which resulted in a multi-car crash. His race car was placed outside the track and the team could not attempt to repair it and he retired in 23rd place. In 2018, he started 10th and had gotten through Turns 1 and 2, which was expected to be action-packed at the start, and after getting through Turn 2, Veach squeezed Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Dixon and his then teammate Ed Jones. Rahal’s car was too damaged to continue so it was towed back to the paddock and after more than one hour he returned to the track to complete a handful of laps to collect two championship points, which was the maximum possible. This move helped him at season’s end. Prior to that, he competed in the 2007 Champ Car World Series race where he started eighth and finished ninth in his rookie season for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.  He started from pole in the Atlantic’s race here in 2006 but was hit by Simon Pagenaud on Lap 1 and finished 27th.  In 2005, he earned his first professional win at PIR in the Star Mazda race after starting fourth and winning by a margin of 0.0317 seconds over James Hinchcliffe… 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)… Rahal is 12th in series point standings with a total of 302, -23 from ninth place Rossi, 325.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We qualified fourth but will start third since Josef (Newgarden) got a grid penalty. We‘re in a pretty good place. It’s good to be the best of the rest, I would say. The Penske cars have been strong all weekend; they’ve been setting the pace for sure. Being up there in the mix is good. I was looking at a 58.2 at the end there but ran wide at the exit of Turn 7 onto the back straight and kind of dipped the left side tires into the dirt and bottomed out so I lost some time there. I think the pace is the car but I didn’t quite execute. But still P3 on the grid is not a bad thing at all. We’ll go for it tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will make his first start in Portland from third place. Newgarden, who set the second fastest time will serve a six-spot grid penalty and Lundgaard will move up a position.… After earning his first podium of second place at the previous road course race – the Gallagher Grand Prix at IMS on July 30 – Lundgaard is optimistic that the final two races of the season being on road courses will enable him to finish his rookie campaign on a high. He started sixth in that race and then went on to finish second before earning his top career qualifying effort of third on the streets of Nashville… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 283, +11 points on David Malukas.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was close to transferring (to Round 2) and I’ve said it all weekend. All the little things add up in Portland and I think we just missed transferring by about a tenth but it was also three positions in between us there so that was disappointing. We just didn’t quite have the speed I guess. One thing we’re ooking at now is going to Christian and the 30 car’s setup because clearly that was competitive.  We’re going to try to have a good warmup and have a good race.”

  • FAST FACTS: This will be Harvey’s fourth INDYCAR race at PIR. In his three previous events, his best start is fourth place in 2019 and best finish is fourth last year after he led two times for a total of five laps. It’s a track he feels he has unfinished business at… He is ranked 22nd with 184 points.  

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here in 2018 in Indy car racing’s returning to PIR for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  The 2022 race will mark the 16th time for RLL to compete in an Indy car race here. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races at PIR from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Bryan Herta in 1998 and Max Papis in 2001 and best finish of first place by Max Papis in 2001 and Sato in 2018. RLL has earned a total of four podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 150 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69; 2018: Sato: 25; 2021: G. Rahal 36). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogerty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa). 

NEXT UP: The Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 4. All times are eastern with live coverage also on Peacock Premium.

Rahal, Harvey and Lundgaard Set the 8th, 12th and 19th Fastest Times in Practice 1 for the Grand Prix of Portland

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGrand Prix of Portland
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – September 2, 2022

RAHAL, HARVEY AND LUNDGAARD FINISHED 8TH, 12TH AND 19TH IN PRACTICE 1 FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

1)         Josef Newgarden                  58.5769 / 120.703 mph         
8)         Graham Rahal                       58.9896 / 119.858 mph         
12)       Jack Harvey                           59.0656 / 119.704 mph         
19)       Christian Lundgaard             59.3561 / 119.118 mph         

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Quartz Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a solid day for us. I think the Total Quartz Motor Oil car is strong. We started with a similar setup to what we ran last year. We’ve got to tie the little bits together to go quicker now. And around here, a lot of those are going to make a big difference because of how interconnected Turns 1-2-3 are and how Turns 9-10-11 to finish the lap are all interconnected. We need to be a little better there, have a little better rotation but generally I thought our pace was decent so we’ll go to work tonight and hope to find some more.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the seventh overall race for Graham at PIR and fifth in the headline event. In 2021, he earned his best start of the season at Portland with fifth place. He led two times for a total of 36 laps, which was the most for all drivers but the timing of a caution negated his pit strategy and he finished 10th.  After starting fifth, he moved to second place on the opening lap and avoided damage from contact that involved multiple cars. He took over the lead on Lap 29 when leader O’Ward pit for fuel and tires and held it until his first stop on Lap 35/110. He came back on track ahead of O’Ward by staying out longer and undercutting him. He reclaimed the lead on Lap 44 and was 2.6-second ahead of O’Ward. A caution on Lap 51 for Kellett, who stopped in Turn 1 and Ilott, who stopped in Turn 7, came out. This forced the team to adopt the same two-stop strategy that those who were involved in the opening lap contact and topped off were on, so he had to save fuel and ultimately finished 10th. In 2019, he started 15th and misjudged the braking point into the first turn on the opening lap which resulted in a multi-car crash. His race car was placed outside the track and the team could not attempt to repair it and he retired in 23rd place. In 2018, he started 10th and had gotten through Turns 1 and 2, which was expected to be action-packed at the start, and after getting through Turn 2, Veach squeezed Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Dixon and his then teammate Ed Jones. Rahal’s car was too damaged to continue so it was towed back to the paddock and after more than one hour he returned to the track to complete a handful of laps to collect two championship points, which was the maximum possible. This move helped him at season’s end. Prior to that, he competed in the 2007 Champ Car World Series race where he started eighth and finished ninth in his rookie season for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.  He started from pole in the Atlantic’s race here in 2006 but was hit by Simon Pagenaud on Lap 1 and finished 27th.  In 2005, he earned his first professional win at PIR in the Star Mazda race after starting fourth and winning by a margin of 0.0317 seconds over James Hinchcliffe… 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)… Rahal is 12th in series point standings with a total of 302, -23 from ninth place Rossi, 325.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It wasn’t the best of sessions for us. We seemed to struggle a bunch with the balance on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) and didn’t manage to compensate enough on the alternates, I think we over did it on the blacks and we just suffered too much on the alternates. It is what it is; that’s what practice is for. I think we learned a bit there so we’ll crack on for practice two on Saturday.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will make his first start in Portland… After earning his first podium of second place at the previous road course race – the Gallagher Grand Prix at IMS on July 30 – Lundgaard is optimistic that the final two races of the season being on road courses will enable him to finish his rookie campaign on a high. He started sixth in that race and then went on to finish second before earning his top career qualifying effort of third on the streets of Nashville… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 283, +11 points on David Malukas.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Practice started out fine but it was a pretty disruptive session with the TV, of all things, losing the hydraulics or something. We lost a bunch of time in that and it was just a scruffy session for everybody. I think we unloaded with a decent car, it’s not far away. There are just a few imbalances we’ve got to fix and at this track, every tenth (of a second), every half of a tenth is going to be super important. It was a good start nonetheless – one of the better starts we’ve had for a while. There is momentum there, we’ve just got to keep rolling with it and get the Hy-Vee Honda up front.”

  • FAST FACTS: This will be Harvey’s fourth INDYCAR race at PIR. In three events, his best start is fourth place in 2019 and best finish is fourth last year after he led two times for a total of five laps. It’s a track he feels he has unfinished business at… He is ranked 22nd with 184 points.  

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here in 2018 in Indy car racing’s returning to PIR for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  The 2022 race will mark the 16th time for RLL to compete in an Indy car race here. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races at PIR from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Bryan Herta in 1998 and Max Papis in 2001 and best finish of first place by Max Papis in 2001 and Sato in 2018. RLL has earned a total of four podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 150 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69; 2018: Sato: 25; 2021: G. Rahal 36). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogerty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa). 

NEXT UP: On Saturday, Practice 2 will take place from 12-1 p.m., qualifying will take place from 3:05-4:20 p.m. and the warm-up will be 7:15-7:45 p.m. All times are eastern with live coverage on Peacock Premium. The Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 4.

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