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A Battery Issue Limited Rahal’s Finish to 23rd After Running as High as Fifth in Sonoma; Sato Retired with an Electrical Problem After Running as High as Seventh

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway

Verizon IndyCar Series

RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, September 16, 2018

 

A BATTERY ISSUE LIMITED RAHAL’S FINISH TO 23RD AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS FIFTH IN THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; SATO RETIRED WITH AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS SEVENTH

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Total Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “What happened in the race was our year in a nutshell. It was obviously disappointing to have the race end how it did. The guys did a great job and the Total car was pretty good in the race. We lost power. We had a battery that exploded unfortunately and that cost us everything. It was a very disappointing and frustrating day. I will say this though, we have had a hard year but I don’t think I have ever been as proud to work with a group of guys as I am this year. These guys never quit. They focused on doing the best they could at all times and busted their butts.  I know this is a great sign of things to come.”

 

  • FAST FACTS: Started ninth and passed Power and Pagenaud on the start as well as championship contender Rossi, who made contact with his teammate Andretti, to take over sixth place.  He made his first stop on Lap 14 and came out of the pits alongside teammate Sato.  As others made their stops, he cycled up to fifth place, which he held for eight laps before his red alternate tires began to lose their performance.  He was passed on Lap 26 by Power, Lap 32 by Bourdais and Lap 35 by Jones before he pit for the more durable primary tires. He returned to the track in eighth place and held the position until he reported that the car shut off on Lap 43/85. His car was towed to the garage and in an effort to salvage as many points as possible in a double-points race, the team replaced the battery that had exploded and he rejoined the race while the leaders were on Lap 57.  He ultimately completed a total of 66 laps by the time he retired in 23rd position near the end of the race… Was his 11th Indy car race here. His best start is fifth place and best finish is second – both in 2016 with RLL.  He has earned two top-five finishes and six top-10’s in 11 races. In 2017, he entered the Sonoma race seventh in points and moved to sixth in season-ending standings after finishing sixth.  Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval; 2017 – Race 1 & 2 Detroit streets) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street).  His highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He ended the season ranked eighth in series point standings with a total of 392. 

 

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I think we had a good start and were moving up on the track. We overtook three cars so it was looking really positive at the start. I felt the car was strong and the strategy looked good. Graham and I were on the same strategy but we both were looking really good so I was positive but unfortunately we had a mechanical failure so we had to stop.  It’s a pity to finish the season like this especially for the boys who worked so hard the entire season. Of course we had a good highlight two weeks ago but we wanted to carry good momentum into 2019.  Having said that it was a good day for myself and the team as we announced we were together again next year. The last race in Sonoma is disappointing but there is a great feeling for next year.  We will work hard on development over the winter and come back strong for 2019.  Thank you very much to the entire team. I enjoyed the year.”

 

  • FAST FACTS: After starting 12th, he moved to 10th after passing Veach and championship-contender Rossi who hit his teammate Andretti and dropped back. By Lap 7, he was in ninth place after he passed Pagenaud. He passed O’Ward and Bourdais on Lap 11 for seventh place before making his first stop on Lap 14. On his out lap, an electrical issue surfaced and he had to pit and subsequently retire from the race in 25th place… Was his 9th race at Sonoma Raceway.  His best start here of fifth place came last year with Andretti Autosport and his best finish came in 2014 of fourth place with A.J. Foyt Racing. He has a total of two top-10 finishes with eighth place in 2015, also with A.J. Foyt Racing.  Has THREE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road course) 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 ended the season with a 12th place rank in series point standings with 351.
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RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING CONFIRMS TAKUMA SATO FOR 2019 LINEUP

SOURCE: RLLR PR BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 16, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Takuma Sato will return to the team in 2019.  Sato is the most recent winner in the IndyCar Series after having led 25 laps at the Grand Prix of Portland en route to his third series victory and first…

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RAHAL AND SATO SET THE NINTH AND 17TH FASTEST TIMES OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA SEASON FINALE

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway Verizon IndyCar Series PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, September 14, 2018 RAHAL AND SATO SET THE NINTH AND 17TH FASTEST TIMES OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA SEASON FINALE   1)         Ryan Hunter-Reay                1:17.5742 / 110.681 mph                   (Practice 1) 9)         Graham…

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Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway – Pre-Race Notes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway – Pre-Race Notes Season-Finale of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series NEWS & NOTES: DATE:                                      September 14-16, 2018 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 2 p.m. and 6 p.m….

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TOTAL QUARTZ TO BE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING’S NO. 15 ENTRY FOR GRAHAM RAHAL AT THE INDYCAR SERIES SEASON-FINALE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 10, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s U.S. marketing affiliate, have expanded their relationship to include primary sponsorship of the team’s No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Series season-finale at Sonoma Raceway on September 16.  In January it was announced that the…

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SATO DROVE TO HIS THIRD SERIES WIN AND FIRST WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Grand Prix of Portland Verizon IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 2, 2018   SATO DROVE TO HIS THIRD SERIES WIN AND FIRST WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; RAHAL COLLECTED IN LAP ONE INCIDENT AND FINISHED 23RD   GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: …

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Rahal Will Start 10th in the Grand Prix of Portland and Sato Will Start 20th

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Grand Prix of Portland

Verizon IndyCar Series

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – September 1, 2018 

RAHAL WILL START 10TH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND AND SATO WILL START 20TH

1)         Will Power                 57.3467 / 123.292 mph          (Group 2, Round 3)

10)       Graham Rahal           57.7772 / 122.374 mph          (Group 1, Round 2)

20)       Takuma Sato             57.7848 / 122.357 mph          (Group 2, Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It’s ultra-competitive as everyone can see. If you gain a tenth (of a second), you gain four spots. We didn’t have quite enough in the heat. This morning in the cool, the car was pretty hooked up but in the afternoon we struggled a little bit. We’re starting tenth in the One Cure machine and we will put our heads down and work hard and try to stay out of the championship battle but we have a lot to gain too.  We can get in the top five in the points so we’ll be charging.  Tomorrow’s race is a little bit earlier being a noon start and it will be a little cooler, track-temp-wise, which will help.  You can see that Takuma and I ran about the same times. We definitely need to work on improving the cars a little bit and saving the rears (tires) for the race a little bit.  I think it’s going to be a physical race, a lot of laps around here with very little break.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the fourth overall race for Graham at PIR and second in the headline event.  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.  Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval; 2017 – Race 1 & 2 Detroit streets) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street).  His highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015.  He is currently ranked fourth in series standings with 63 points. He is currently ranked eighth in series point standings with 351 points. 

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We had a very strong package this morning. The car felt good with the changes we made overnight so we were very positive about qualifying. Obviously the temperature was very different between practice and qualifying. It was cold this morning and we had a great session and then in qualifying it was the hottest so far of the weekend and changed our speed a lot. Unfortunately the balance wasn’t there and I wasn’t able to clock a fast enough time to progress so I am very disappointed. There are some places to pass but it will be very challenging. We will continue to work on improving the car and give it our best effort in the race.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first race at PIR… 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 290.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Indy car racing is returning to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  It will mark the 13th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing to compete in an Indy car race here and first since 2003 when Michel Jourdain Jr. started second but contact with Paul Tracy led to a 12th place finish.  The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races here 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. RLL has earned a total of three podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 89 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001 Papis, 69). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogarty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa). 

NEXT UP:  The 105-lap Grand Prix of Portland will take the Green Flag at 12:09 PM PT tomorrow.  NBCSN will begin live coverage at 2:30 PM ET. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary.

Sato Was The 12th Fastest in Practice for the Grand Prix of Portland and Rahal was 22nd

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Grand Prix of Portland

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PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – August 31, 2018

SATO WAS THE 12TH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND AND RAHAL WAS 22ND

1)         Sebastien Bourdais  57.3975 / 123.183 mph         

12)       Takuma Sato             57.7915 / 122.343 mph

22)       Graham Rahal           58.0963 / 121.701 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It’s a tight field so it’s a bad weekend to be off slightly. We need to keep working hard. There are no quick and easy solutions. Everyone is trying awfully hard and we’re just missing it a little bit. The track is slightly different but in most respects it’s the same. It’s great to be back. These cars are fast around here, they really scream around this track. If you are watching these things in person or watching the onboard cameras, that comes across. We are hauling the mail; just flying around this place.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the fourth overall race for Graham at PIR and second in the headline event.  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.  Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval; 2017 – Race 1 & 2 Detroit streets) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street).  His highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015.  He is currently ranked fourth in series standings with 63 points. He is currently ranked eighth in series point standings with 351 points. 

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a mixed day today. After a good day yesterday where we got more understanding of the car and the track, this morning I felt pretty positive, the car was competitive.  We were comfortably in the top-10, there were a lot of cars in the same second and we were only a couple of tenths off of the leader and that was quite encouraging. The balance was good too. We tried to improve the balance of the car for this afternoon and of course it was in warmer temperatures and a hotter track.  The temperature made the car have less grip but not only that, it didn’t feel as good as this morning. We need to look at the data. Both cars also underperformed on the red tires. Luckily we have one more day to work on it before the race so hopefully tomorrow is a better day. This is a fantastic track. It’s a little road course but it is quite challenging. You need a lot of commitment. It’s a busy track, especially considering you have two long straights.  There are so many corners together. It’s just nonstop, constant work.  It’s a great track. We had a good autograph session today. There were so many fans here and they were so enthusiastic that INDYCAR is back. It’s a great venue and it’s so close to downtown, which has great food and a great atmosphere.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first race at PIR… 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 290.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Indy car racing is returning to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  It will mark the 13th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing to compete in an Indy car race here and first since 2003 when Michel Jourdain Jr. started second but contact with Paul Tracy led to a 12th place finish.  The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races here 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. RLL has earned a total of three podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 89 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001 Papis, 69). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogarty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa). 

NEXT UP:  Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 11:10-11:55 a.m. PT and qualifying will take place from 3:20-4:35.  NBCSN will broadcast qualifying coverage on a tape delayed basis at 7:30 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 Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 12:30 PM ET Sunday, September 2.

Rahal Returns to the Site of Memorable Racing Achievements While Sato Looks Forward to Adding Some

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes Grand Prix of Portland – Portland International Raceway Round 16 of 17 in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series DATE:                                      August 31 – September 2, 2018 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…

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A CAUTION FLAG FOILED SATO AND RAHAL’S THREE-STOP PODIUM-CONTENTION STRATEGY

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park Verizon IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 25, 2018 A CAUTION FLAG FOILED SATO AND RAHAL’S THREE-STOP PODIUM-CONTENTION STRATEGY AND THEY ULTIMATELY FINISHED 9TH AND 10TH   GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “If the yellow hadn’t come out, we were sitting beautifully. I…

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