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STATEMENT FROM BOBBY RAHAL ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, NTT INDYCAR SERIES AND IMS PRODUCTIONS IS BEING ACQUIRED BY PENSKE ENTERTAINMENT CORP. 

Bobby Rahal:

“Roger Penske’s commitment to the sport we love is over six decades long and I am confident that his stewardship of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series will ensure a great future for the sport. His many successful business ventures underline the fact that he is the perfect custodian of one of the most historic venues in the world and is the perfect architect to build the foundation for the next 100-plus years of the sport. We look forward to working with Roger in order to make the IndyCar Series and the Indy 500 the best it’s ever been.”

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CANON SOLUTIONS AMERICA TO BECOME OFFICIAL TEAM SUPPLIER FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING’S INDYCAR SERIES PROGRAM

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 14, 2019) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today that Canon Solutions America, Inc. has become an Official Team Supplier for Printing and Productivity Solutions for the NTT IndyCar Series program. As part of the multi-year agreement, Canon Solutions America will outfit the team’s offices, race shop and transporters with a line of office…

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Rahal Finished 12th in the Firestone Grand Prix and 10th in Series Standings; Sato Dropped to a Ninth Place Rank After Being Hit and Finishing 21st

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 22, 2019

RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY AND 10TH IN SERIES STANDINGS; SATO DROPPED THREE PLACES TO END THE SEASON RANKED NINTH AFTER HE WAS HIT IN THE RACE AND FINISHED 21ST

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Today was a tough day. I thought at times that we had decent pace and at other times we really struggled with the rear of the car. We’re just missing a little something. We’ve been close this year but not quite there. I’m proud of our mechanics and all of the guys for keeping their heads down and continuing to work hard. It wasn’t the easiest of years but everyone stayed positive and fought until the end. We’re thankful for all of our partners and looking forward to 2020.”

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal 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. He cycled as high as fifth place before his second pit stop on Lap 39 but ran 10th for the majority of his next stint before his third and final stop. He came out 11th and later lost a position to Hunter-Reay on Lap 68 of 90 and ultimately took the checkered flag 12th… His highest start of the season is second at Barber 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) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from 9th to 10th in series point standings with a total of 389 points.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think the season was great. It was a little bit up and down of course but we achieved a couple of pole positions, a couple of podiums and two wins and I think it was a great season. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. We had some difficult circumstances but the team was fully behind me and I was able to push all the way through the season.  In the race, we had some issues and a mechanical failure in the end. It is a shame that we couldn’t finish high and try to get fifth in the championship. In the end we dropped significantly in the standings. The No. 30 car ran beautifully this season with Graham and I pushing each other all season.  We will come back even stronger next season and I’m really looking forward to that. Thank you to everyone for their support.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started the race 16th and was one of three drivers to elect to start on primary tires. He gained a position on the start but later dropped two positions on the end of the opening lap. He was the second driver to make a stop when he pitted on Lap 10 of 90 to replace the primary tires. After dropping to the back, he moved up to run right behind Rahal in 12th by Lap 30. He cycled up to 10th before his second stop on Lap 36 and was in 11th place when a caution came out for contact between Daly and Andretti on Lap 45. After the restart, Ferrucci hit Sato in Turn 2 and dropped him to 21st place. Based on the positions that drivers were running in, he was still on target to finish the season sixth in points. He moved up to 19th but later pit to check for damage to the race car from the previous incident that impacted the steering. He continued to race in an attempt to salvage points and took the checkered flag in 21st place but lost three positions in the series standings due to the double points race… Was his first race hereHighest start of the season is pole at Barber (road) and Texas (oval) and his highest finish is his win at Barber and St. Louis… Has FIVE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval) and NINE poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval; 2019 Barber, Texas oval)…  He dropped from sixth to 9th in series point standings with a total of 415 points.
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RAHAL AND SATO TO START EIGHTH AND 16TH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY INDYCAR SEASON FINALE

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NTT IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – September 21, 2019 1)         Colton Herta              1:10.1405 / 114.867 mph      (Group 2; Round 3) 8)         Graham Rahal           1:10.6296 / 114.071 mph       (Group 2; Round 2) 16)       Takuma…

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RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING EXTENDS AND STRENGHTENS RELATIONSHIP WITH HONDA

Multi-year partnership will see the relationship reach the 30-year mark BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 21, 2019) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team has extended its partnership with Honda Performance Development (HPD), who will continue to power their entries in 2020 and beyond in a multi-year deal. This season marked the 25th for…

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Sato and Rahal Set the 12th and 20th Fastest Times in Practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – September 20, 2019

SATO AND RAHAL SET THE 12TH AND 20TH FASTEST TIMES IN PRACTICE FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY INDYCAR SEASON FINALE

1)         Ryan Hunter-Reay    1:09.9105 / 115.244 mph       
12)       Takuma Sato             1:10.4468 / 114.367 mph       
20)       Graham Rahal           1:10.8807 / 113.667 mph       

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “With the track temps coming up like they did, we just lost too much grip and competitiveness which is frustrating. We will try to figure it out for tomorrow. It’s obviously important to finish the season strong and maximizing the double-points race is key.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first Indy car race here…  His highest start of the season is second at Barber 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) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He is ninth in series point standings with a total of 353.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a quite productive day. Yesterday’s test day definitely helped us to understand more what the car needs.  We did a lot experimenting yesterday and we put everything together today and the car seems to be working better. There is still a ways to go but we are pointed in the right direction.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first race hereHighest start of the season is pole at Barber (road) and Texas (oval) and his highest finish is his win at Barber and St. Louis… Has FIVE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval) and NINE poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval; 2019 Barber, Texas oval)…  He is sixth in series standings with a total of 397 points.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT LAGUNA SECA … Will mark the 13th Indy car event for RLL at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and first since 12 consecutive races here from 1992-2003. The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA races here since 2009 as BMW Team RLL and has earned three wins, three poles and a total of 10 podium finishes to date – including pole last weekend and a second-place finish.  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).  The team won three straight pole positions (Herta 1997-1999).  Prior to the 2019 event, the team prepared a total of 21 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), and Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03).

NEXT UP:  Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 10:00-10:45 a.m. PT and qualifying will take place from 1:35-2:50 p.m. ETNBCSN will broadcast qualifying coverage at 4:30 PM ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 2:30 PM ET Sunday, September 22.

Rahal and Sato Optimistic of a Strong Season Finale at One of the Team’s Most Successful Tracks — WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Round 17 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series DATE:     September 20-22, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:     Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 1:30-2:15 p.m. and 5:10-6:40 p.m.  And Saturday from…

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An Opening Lap Crash Damaged Sato’s Car and He Ultimately Finished 15th; Rahal Retired in 23rd Place After Opening Lap Crash

Grand Prix of Portland – Portland, Oregon
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 1, 2019

AN OPENING LAP CRASH DAMAGED SATO’S CAR AND HE ULTIMATELY FINISHED 15TH; RAHAL RETIRED IN 23RD AFTER OPENING LAP CRASH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I messed up. I misjudged it bad and take it on the chin. To be honest I lost my depth there a little bit in the pack.  Obviously I misjudged it by not just a little, but by quite a lot. I’m disappointed, not just for myself but also for the guys we affected. It hurt Takuma as well.  At the start, the pace was fine and all that but I screwed up. I’m sorry for One Cure and everyone else.”

  • FAST FACTS: 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 continue. He retired in 23rd place… Was the fifth overall race for Graham at PIR and third in the headline event.  Last year, 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 Zach Veach squeezed James Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Scott 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. 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 Atlantics 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.  His highest start of the season is second at Barber 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) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015…Rahal dropped from eighth to ninth in series point standings with a total of 353.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “All I could see was just a mess in front of me (on the start). I tried to avoid everything but somebody’s car went outside and straight into the escape road so I couldn’t turn hard left. All I could do was just go straight and unfortunately a car went inside coming toward me, which I couldn’t avoid so we had a damaged sidepod, aero and toe link so we had to repair it and I ended up two laps down.  We tried everything we could but we gained a few positions as some retired but it was a tough day for us.’

  • FAST FACTS: Started 17th and was hit during the aftermath of the opening-lap crash. He had to pit to repair damage to his right rear tow link and bodywork and ultimately went two laps down.  He took the checkered flag 15th and maintained his sixth place series rank… Was the defending winner of the event after starting 20th in his first event here in 2018.  He led a total of 23 laps including the final 20 on what was largely a two-stop strategy plus an early pit to top off on fuel during an opening lap caution that took out four cars including his teammate Rahal. On the start, he avoided a multi-car crash and once the pits opened during the caution, he pit to top off his fuel and returned to the track in 16th place.  Topping off on fuel enabled him to cycle as high as second when he made his second stop for tires and fuel on Lap 39.  He returned to the track in 17th place and maintained a good pace to those on two and three-stop strategies. He moved up to 10th on Lap 45 when drivers ahead took advantage of the caution for Will Power and pit. He passed Chaves for 9th on Lap 47 and held the position until three-stoppers began to pit. He was in seventh place when a caution came out for Veach. As the front runners pit during the caution, he stayed on track and cycled to second place.  When the race went green on Lap 60/105, he held second place behind Ryan Hunter-Reay for a total of 14 laps before Hunter-Reay have to make another stop.  He took over the lead on Lap 71 and held it until he made his final stop on Lap 76. He returned to the track in second place to Max Chilton, who still had to pit. A caution came out for Ferrucci. The race went green on Lap 81 and Chilton pit for fuel on Lap 85. Sato had a 0.74-second lead over Hunter-Reay which he build to one second by Lap 100 of 105. He held off Hunter-Reay and took the checkered flag 0.6084 ahead of him to win… His highest start of the season is pole at Barber (road) and Texas (oval) and his highest finish is his win at Barber and St. Louis… Has FIVE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval) and NINE poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval; 2019 Barber, Texas oval).  He maintained his sixth-place rank in series standings with a total of 397 points.
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Rahal and Sato Will Start 15th and 17th, Respectively, in the Grand Prix of Portland

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Grand Prix of Portland – Portland, Oregon
NTT IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 31, 2019

RAHAL WILL START 15TH AND SATO 17TH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

1)         Colton Herta              57.8111 / 122.302 mph          (Group 2, Round 3)
15)       Graham Rahal           57.9648 / 121.977 mph          (Group 1, Round 1)
17)       Takuma Sato             57.9668 / 121.973 mph          (Group 1, Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We go on about impeding progress and that’s a big thing in qualifying. The first lap, second lap maximum are where these tires are their best. To start my first flyer, I was six seconds behind him (Veach) and to finish it, I was under one second.  To be five seconds off on your first flyer is ridiculous and it killed our run.  And the lap was solid, it was a low nine (57.9) so I knew I had to finish it but then I was up his gearbox and that was it. I’m disappointed. On the blacks (primary tires) in particular, I thought our car was very good. I think we were less than a tenth off.  The One Cure machine is going to have some work to do tomorrow. I think our race car will be good though.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the fifth overall race for Graham at PIR and third in the headline event.  Last year, 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 Zach Veach squeezed James Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Scott 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. 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 Atlantics 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.  His highest start of the season is second at Barber 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) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… Rahal is eighth in series point standings with a total of 346.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We tried to have a good qualifying but it seems that we didn’t have enough speed to get into the next round. The field is extremely tight. We’re talking about two-hundredths of a second to make it to the next segment.  We thought we had quite a good car today so its shame that we didn’t move on but I feel very positive for the race. We will try to make tomorrow a good one.”

  • FAST FACTS: Is the defending winner of the event after starting 20th in his first event here last year.  He led a total of 23 laps including the final 20 on what was largely a two-stop strategy plus an early pit to top off on fuel during an opening lap caution that took out four cars including his teammate Rahal. On the start, he avoided a multi-car crash and once the pits opened during the caution, he pit to top off his fuel and returned to the track in 16th place.  Topping off on fuel enabled him to cycle as high as second when he made his second stop for tires and fuel on Lap 39.  He returned to the track in 17th place and maintained a good pace to those on two and three-stop strategies. He moved up to 10th on Lap 45 when drivers ahead took advantage of the caution for Will Power and pit. He passed Chaves for 9th on Lap 47 and held the position until three-stoppers began to pit. He was in seventh place when a caution came out for Veach. As the front runners pit during the caution, he stayed on track and cycled to second place.  When the race went green on Lap 60/105, he held second place behind Ryan Hunter-Reay for a total of 14 laps before Hunter-Reay have to make another stop.  He took over the lead on Lap 71 and held it until he made his final stop on Lap 76. He returned to the track in second place to Max Chilton, who still had to pit. A caution came out for Ferrucci. The race went green on Lap 81 and Chilton pit for fuel on Lap 85. Sato had a 0.74-second lead over Hunter-Reay which he build to one second by Lap 100 of 105. He held off Hunter-Reay and took the checkered flag 0.6084 ahead of him to win… His highest start of the season is pole at Barber (road) and Texas (oval) and his highest finish is his win at Barber and St. Louis… Has FIVE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval) and NINE poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval; 2019 Barber, Texas oval).  He is sixth in series standings with a total of 382 points.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here last year in Indy car racing’s returning to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  The 2019 race will mark the 14th 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 114 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69, Sato: 25). 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 NBCSN beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 1.

Sato Set the 12th Fastest in Practice for the Grand Prix of Portland and Rahal Set the 19th

Grand Prix of Portland – Portland, Oregon
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – August 30, 2019

SATO WAS THE 12TH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND AND RAHAL WAS 19TH

1)         Colton Herta          57.4293 / 123.115 mph        (5th in Warmup)
12)       Takuma Sato         58.1906 / 121.504 mph        (20th in Warmup)      
19)       Graham Rahal       58.4616 / 120.941 mph        (7th in Warmup)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “While I’m worried about our outright pace a little bit, it seemed like our race pace was very good. It seemed like we were pretty competitive with the guys I was around in practice. In the afternoon session, we got off to a bad start. The car balance was actually very good but it seemed like we were down on power. We’ll be better tomorrow. We ended the day seventh in the race warmup, and almost matched our best time even with full fuel so I feel like we’re in a better place.  We’ve just got to keep working on it tonight.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the fifth overall race for Graham at PIR and third in the headline event.  Last year, 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 Zach Veach squeezed James Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Scott 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. 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 Atlantics 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.  His highest start of the season is second at Barber 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) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… Rahal dropped from seventh to eighth in series point standings with a total of 346.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It’s nice to be back here. We have great memories from last year. It was a good day, I think. We had no major problems so we completed the program we wanted today. I don’t think we have the perfect handling at the moment but I think at least we understand the two types of tires more through medium-ish and long runs and that’s really important. For qualifying, I think we still need to work on it really hard tomorrow morning to get extra speed because it feels like we are still lacking speed. But at least the car felt pretty good on long runs.”

  • FAST FACTS: Is the defending winner of the event after starting 20th in his first event here last year.  He led a total of 23 laps including the final 20 on what was largely a two-stop strategy plus an early pit to top off on fuel during an opening lap caution that took out four cars including his teammate Rahal. On the start, he avoided a multi-car crash and once the pits opened during the caution, he pit to top off his fuel and returned to the track in 16th place.  Topping off on fuel enabled him to cycle as high as second when he made his second stop for tires and fuel on Lap 39.  He returned to the track in 17th place and maintained a good pace to those on two and three-stop strategies. He moved up to 10th on Lap 45 when drivers ahead took advantage of the caution for Will Power and pit. He passed Chaves for 9th on Lap 47 and held the position until three-stoppers began to pit. He was in seventh place when a caution came out for Veach. As the front runners pit during the caution, he stayed on track and cycled to second place.  When the race went green on Lap 60/105, he held second place behind Ryan Hunter-Reay for a total of 14 laps before Hunter-Reay have to make another stop.  He took over the lead on Lap 71 and held it until he made his final stop on Lap 76. He returned to the track in second place to Max Chilton, who still had to pit. A caution came out for Ferrucci. The race went green on Lap 81 and Chilton pit for fuel on Lap 85. Sato had a 0.74-second lead over Hunter-Reay which he build to one second by Lap 100 of 105. He held off Hunter-Reay and took the checkered flag 0.6084 ahead of him to win… Has TWO IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval) and SEVEN poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval).  He is ranked 13th in series point standings with 267.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here last year in Indy car racing’s returning to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  The 2019 race will mark the 14th 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 114 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69, Sato: 25). 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:  Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 11:00-11:45 a.m. PT and qualifying will take place from 3:00-4:15.  NBCSN will broadcast qualifying coverage at 6 PM ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary. The Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 1.

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    • Long Beach’s Grand Prix report is $150K worth of obvious points
      That report was made public Monday afternoon, and it’s loaded with an absence of surprises, although there are a few bits of weirdness involved. Rather than submit what KPMG said would be an ideal computer-aided design plan for the proposed F1 track that would identify all mandatory components required following FIA (the governing body of […]
    • Here’s who won the race between Formula 1 and IndyCar in Long Beach
      In October last year the city released a request for proposals seeking “an open-wheel auto racing format” to run the annual Grand Prix event. From the start it was only a two-horse race between Michaelian and Pook. Pook, of course, was hardly a carpetbagger. He founded the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1975 and brought […]
    • Q&A: Printup talks future of WGI, IndyCar, Phish
      Everybody was excited, but I take a lot of personal interest in IndyCar. I always have. I kind of grew up in IndyCar, so I was glad that we were able to get them back. The fans themselves, for only having a little bit less than 90 days to sell the race last year, we […]
    • Rick Mears – still the ultimate pro at 65
      Over the past 20-something years writing about racing, I’ve encountered three people from whom I learn something about the art of racecar driving every time we speak for longer than five minutes. One of that trio is Rick Ravon Mears, born this day 65 years ago in Wichita, Kansas, and brought up in Bakersfield, Calif. […]
    • Memoir helps widow cope after IndyCar driver's death
      Tonya Bergeson-Dana talks with her son, Conor, about his father when he brings it up, which is often. If he’s asking the questions, she reasons, he’s ready to hear the answers. Paul Conor Dana, at age 9, knows that his father was Paul Dana, a journalist and IndyCar driver who died in March 2006 during […]