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Iowa Speedway’s Saturday Night Race is the Next Challenge for Rahal and Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes  Iowa 300 – Iowa Speedway Round 12 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series  DATE:      July 19-20, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:     Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 11-12 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET.  Also live on the Advance…

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Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place NTT IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 14, 2019 RAHAL RECOVERED FROM LAP 1 CONTACT WITH POWER TO FINISH NINTH IN THE HONDA INDY TORONTO; SATO WAS FIFTH WHEN HIS CAR CAUGHT ON FIRE AND RETIRED IN 22ND GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15…

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SATO AND RAHAL QUALIFIED 10TH AND 12TH FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place NTT IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 13, 2019 SATO AND RAHAL QUALIFIED 10TH AND 12TH FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO 1st:                   Simon Pagenaud          58.4273 / 110.041 mph 10th:                 Takuma Sato                58.9110 / 109.141 mph 12th:                …

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Rahal Was Sixth Fastest in Practice for the Honda Indy Toronto; Sato Was 19th After He Sat Out Most of Practice 2 Due to Car Damage After Contact

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Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, July 12, 2019

RAHAL SET THE SIXTH FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO; SATO WAS 19TH OVERALL AFTER HE SAT OUT MOST OF PRACTICE 2 DUE TO CAR DAMAGE AFTER CONTACT

1st:                   Simon Pagenaud           59.8708 / 107.391 mph
6th:                  Graham Rahal              1:00.4091 / 106.434 mph
19th:                 Takuma Sato                1:01.3290 / 104.838 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We had a pretty up and down day.  We weren’t very good in the first session and we improved the United Rentals Honda in the second session.  We were sixth on the red (alternate) tires at the finish but it was a pretty solid lap.  It’s pretty close between where we are in sixth, back to around 11th.  There are four guys on our same tenth-of-a-second – sixth through 11th or so – so we’re going to have to put it all together.  This place is a major challenge. It’s easy to make a mistake that will cost you a lot. You’ve just got to put it all together here.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 14th Indy car race here and 15th overall including his 2006 Atlantic race… In 13 Indy car races, his best Toronto start is second in 2017 and his best finish is fifth in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing. He has three, top-five starts and four, top-10 finishes… His highest start of the season is second at Barber and his highest finish is fourth at Long Beach and Elkhart Lake… 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 244.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s very tricky on track. Partly because its slick on track.  A lot of people had issues in Turn 11 and I had a moment there and brushed the wall so it ended up that Practice 2 was really short for us. Obviously we are lacking the data of running the whole session which is a shame but at least the car setup felt positive in the beginning of the session and hopefully we can continue that and have a good session in Practice 3.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th race here. In his 10 previous races, his best start is eighth in 2015 and his best finish is fifth in 2016 and Race 2 in 2014 – all with A.J. Foyt Racing.  He has four top-10 finishes… He has finished no lower than seventh place in four of the last five races dating back to fifth place in Dual 1 of Detroit and finished the past two races fourth (Road America) and third (Iowa Speedway)… His highest start of the season is fifth at St. Pete and his highest finish is third at Iowa… 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 moved from 13th to 12th in series point standings with 237 after Iowa.

RLL AT TORONTO: The Honda Indy Toronto will mark the 20th year of Indy car racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) here.  The team also competed in the Atlantic Series races here in 2003 and 2004.  The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal.  Prior to the 2019 event, the team prepared a total of 33 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), Takuma Sato (2012, 2018), Graham Rahal (2013 x 2; 2014 x2; 2015-2018), James Jakes (2013 x 2) and Luca Filippi (2014 x2). The team also prepared three Toyota Atlantic entries (Danica Patrick 2003-2004; Chris Festa 2004).  The team has earned FIVE podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 19 top-10 finishes at the track.  The No. 15 United Rentals entry for Graham Rahal and the No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic entry for Takuma Sato will bring the Indy car total to 35 entries in 2019.

NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 10:20-11:05 a.m. ET and qualifying will begin at 2 p.m. and will be televised live on NBCSN.  Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Rahal and Sato Look Forward to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto After Competitive Runs There in Recent Years

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes  Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place Round 11 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series  DATE:     July 12-14, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:     Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 11:05-11:50 a.m. and 3:15-4:00 p.m.  And Saturday from 10:20-11:05 a.m….

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RAHAL FINISHED FOURTH IN THE REV GROUP GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA; SATO WAS PUSHED OFF TRACK WHILE SIXTH AND FINISHED 10TH

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing REV Group Grand Prix at Road America NTT IndyCar Series – Round 10 of 17 RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 23, 2019 RAHAL FINISHED FOURTH IN THE REV GROUP GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA; SATO WAS PUSHED OFF TRACK WHILE SIXTH AND FINISHED 10TH GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 GEHL / Manitou Dallara/Honda/Firestone:…

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Rahal and Sato Qualified Fifth and Sixth for the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America

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REV Group Grand Prix at Road America
NTT IndyCar Series – Round 10 of 17
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – June 22, 2019

RAHAL AND SATO TO START FIFTH AND SIXTH FOR THE REV GROUP GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA

1)         Colton Herta              1:42.9920 / 140.306 mph       (Group 1, Round 3)
5)         Graham Rahal           1:43.8076 / 139.204 mph       (Group 1, Round 3)
6)         Takuma Sato             1:43.8790 / 139.108 mph       (Group 1, Round 3)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 GEHL / Manitou Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a good day for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the end considering how we ran in Practice 3 to rebound like that and qualify fifth and sixth. It’s a good accomplishment. The Gehl car was strong in qualifying. We’ll be able to race from there. Tire wear is going to be a major issue for tomorrow so we’ll have to see how it all shakes out. Starting up front, you can’t lose the track position so we’re starting on reds and you’ve got to go. But if the (bad) weather comes, we’ll face that challenge at the time.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be Graham Rahal’s ninth race here and fifth in a Champ or Indy car.  In 2007 and 2016 here, he finished third, was eighth in 2017 and sixth in 2018.  An electrical failure in the season-finale Atlantic Championship race in 2006 at RoadAmerica after starting third led to a runner-up finish in the title fight with eventual champion Simon Pagenaud after he retired in 20th place. Rahal also competed in two Formula BMW events here in 2004 and once in Star Mazda in 2005Has 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 eighth in series point standings with a total of 211 points.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a great recovery from the team. We struggled and were nowhere on the time sheets.  The balance, grip level, trim and all the things just felt disconnected.  We didn’t make major changes but we just reviewed every single area and I think we got everything together.  Graham and I were able to push 100 percent without major mistakes so I think as team, we should be happy with the performance. Tomorrow we are looking for more speed and hopefully we can have it. The red tire seems to degrade more than last year and so do the primary tires so tire wear will be the key and also the weather.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be Sato’s fourth race at Road America. He earned his best start here today with sixth place. His previous best start and finish here came last year of seventh and fourth, respectively.  On the start last year, he passed Power, Bourdais and then later Wickens on the opening lap for fourth place. He made his first stop from fourth place on Lap 13 and cycled back into position once Dixon made his stop a few laps later. He made his second stop on Lap 27 from fourth and on his out lap he passed Wickens and then Rossi on the outside of Turn 5 and Rossi made an aggressive move while alongside and bumped him off track in Turn 6 for fifth place. He held the position until Rossi had a problem and pitted on L38.  He held fourth through his third pit stop on Lap 41 and took the checkered flag there after 55 laps to earn his best finish of the season. In 2017, he started 20th and finished 19th with Andretti Autosport and in 2016 with A.J. Foyt Racing, he started 15th and jumped up to eighth early in the race before an electrical issue limited his finish to 17th place… Has FOUR IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road) and EIGHT 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 currently ranked fifth in series point standings with 272 points.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ROAD AMERICA … The 2019 The 2019 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will mark the 16th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing to compete in an Indy car race here and fourth since 2003.  The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races here from 1992-2003 and again since 2016 with a best starting position of pole by Kenny Brack in 2001 and best finish of second place by Bobby Rahal in 1996. The team has earned a total of five podium finishes here (2nd – B. Rahal 1996; 3rd – B. Rahal 1992-1993, Kenny Brack 2000, Graham Rahal 2016). The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA-sanctioned races here under the name BMW Team RLL since 2009 and has three wins (2009, 2010, 2012), three poles (2009, 2011, 2014) and a total of eight podium finishes here.

NEXT UP:  The 55-lap REV Group Grand Prix of Road America will take the green flag at 11:50 a.m. CT. The REV Group Grand Prix will be televised live on NBC beginning at 12:00 PM ET Sunday, June 23.

Sato and Rahal Set the Seventh and Eighth Fastest Times in Practice for the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America

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REV Group Grand Prix at Road America
NTT IndyCar Series – Round 10 of 17
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – June 21, 2019

SATO AND RAHAL SET THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH FASTEST TIMES IN PRACTICE FOR THE REV GROUP GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA

1)         Alexander Rossi       1:43.1206 / 140.131 mph       Practice 2
7)         Takuma Sato             1:43.8244 / 139.181 mph       Practice 1
8)         Graham Rahal           1:43.9772 / 138.977 mph       Practice 2

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 GEHL / Manitou Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “At the end of the day we showed the at the GEHL / Manitou Honda has got pace. We need to put it together a little bit better to close the gap on a couple of the Penske guys and a couple of the Andretti cars but it’s close.  You look at us at a 1:43.9 and then you look on backwards, and its going to be close. We should be okay. We’re changing engines tonight. Thanks to Honda and their reliability, we made it to the end of the mileage.  We’ll move on to a new bullet for tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be Graham Rahal’s ninth race here and fifth in a Champ or Indy car.  In 2007 and 2016 here, he finished third, was eighth in 2017 and sixth in 2018.  An electrical failure in the season-finale Atlantic Championship race in 2006 at Road America after starting third led to a runner-up finish in the title fight with eventual champion Simon Pagenaud after he retired in 20th place. Rahal also competed in two Formula BMW events here in 2004 and once in Star Mazda in 2005Has 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 eighth in series point standings with a total of 211 points.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It seems that we lost pace significantly in the afternoon session and I don’t know why at the moment.  I didn’t feel good in the car, it was sliding a bit too much. We tried various setup changes but it just seems like we need to work a little harder for tomorrow. It was a tough session and I don’t know whether it was the conditions or something we did. We will look at the data from the day and come back strong tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be Sato’s fourth race at the four-mile, 14-turn course. His best start and finish here came last year of seventh and fourth, respectively.  On the start last year, he passed Power, Bourdais and then later Wickens on the opening lap for fourth place. He made his first stop from fourth place on Lap 13 and cycled back into position once Dixon made his stop a few laps later. He made his second stop on Lap 27 from fourth and on his out lap he passed Wickens and then Rossi on the outside of Turn 5 and Rossi made an aggressive move while alongside and bumped him off track in Turn 6 for fifth place. He held the position until Rossi had a problem and pitted on L38.  He held fourth through his third pit stop on Lap 41 and took the checkered flag there after 55 laps to earn his best finish of the season. In 2017, he started 20th and finished 19th with Andretti Autosport and in 2016 with A.J. Foyt Racing, he started 15th and jumped up to eighth early in the race before an electrical issue limited his finish to 17th place… Has FOUR IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road) and EIGHT 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 currently ranked fifth in series point standings with 272 points.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ROAD AMERICA … The 2019 The 2019 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will mark the 16th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing to compete in an Indy car race here and fourth since 2003.  The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races here from 1992-2003 and again since 2016 with a best starting position of pole by Kenny Brack in 2001 and best finish of second place by Bobby Rahal in 1996. The team has earned a total of five podium finishes here (2nd – B. Rahal 1996; 3rd – B. Rahal 1992-1993, Kenny Brack 2000, Graham Rahal 2016). The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA-sanctioned races here under the name BMW Team RLL since 2009 and has three wins (2009, 2010, 2012), three poles (2009, 2011, 2014) and a total of eight podium finishes here.

NEXT UP:  Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 11:00-11:45 a.m. CT and qualifying will take place from 3:00-4:15. NBCSN will broadcast qualifying coverage on a tape delayed basis at 5 PM ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary. The REV Group Grand Prix will be televised live on NBC beginning at 12:00 PM ET Sunday, June 24.

Pre-Race Notes  REV Group Grand Prix at Road America

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes  REV Group Grand Prix at Road America Round 10 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series  DATE:     June 21-23, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:     Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 12:05-12:50 p.m. and 4:00-4:45 p.m.  And Saturday from 12:00-12:45…

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GRAHAM RAHAL’S THROWBACK LIVERY AT ROAD AMERICA TO CELEBRATE HONDA’S 25 SEASONS IN INDY CAR RACING AND THE ROLE BOBBY RAHAL PLAYED IN THEIR PARTICIPATION

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 17, 2019) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing will officially unveil the previously announced fan-favorite livery on the No. 15 Gehl / Manitou entry for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America on June 23.  The design is a throwback to team co-owner and former Indy car champion Bobby Rahal’s 1994 Lola-Honda…

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