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Sato, Rahal and Ferrucci Gain Knowledge in the Final Practice Before Indy 500 Carb Day Next Friday

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – May 23, 2021                                      

SATO, RAHAL AND FERRUCCI GAIN KNOWLEDGE IN THE FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE INDY 500 CARB DAY NEXT FRIDAY

1)         Alex Palou                   225.649 mph   
6)         Takuma Sato                224.430 mph   
7)         Graham Rahal             224.376 mph     
17)       Santino Ferrucci          223.055 mph   

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was not a bad day; I thought we got the United Rentals car a lot better. I think we’re extremely racy. It’s just tough out there when you get buried in the back. It’s going to be a challenge. You’re going to have to drive this race extremely smart. There are a lot of good cars, and a lot of bad cars. I thought everybody we ran around today all looked pretty solid. There are a lot of evenly-matched guys; we’re going to have to race smart and hopefully get ourselves there in the end. Tire conditions today too were something to consider. We were not all on the same tires. Some new, some used, some guys coming out on new tires toward the end of a stint so that’s a little hard to manage and balance but at the end I do feel good. We’re cautiously optimistic at this point.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 14th Indy 500. His best qualifying position in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and RLL in 2020. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. 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 currently fifth in series standings with 137 points, only 39 out of first place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We made a lot of group runs in the final practice before Carb Day, which is good but I think it was the hottest day of any practice session so we had to put in more downforce. We checked quite a few items and I think it was productive. I need to see the data again and then we will put everything together that was positive to check on Carb Day. At least it was a good, productive day again.”

  • FAST FACTS: Sato is the only active two-time Indy 500 Champion.  The 2021 race will be his 12th Indy 500 and fourth with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. He finished third for RLL in 2019 and was a contender in the final laps… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, Gateway oval; 2020 Indy 500 ) and 10 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 road, Texas oval; 2020 St. Louis – Race 2).  He is 12th in series standings with 98 points.

SANTINO FERRUCCI, No. 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a fun day for the Hy-Vee Honda team. There is a lot of work to be done on the setup for race trim and we’re getting closer. We went back to the pad to make another adjustment. It’s all about taking baby steps.  It’s really hard to pass, especially in the train and we just want to be there and be close enough in the tow that if someone makes a mistake, we can definitely capitalize and have a good car at the start of the race. We have a little bit more engineering to do for Friday’s Carb Day and we’ll be good to go on Sunday.”

  • FAST FACTS: He has competed in two Indy 500’s with his best finish of fourth in the 2020 Indy 500 and his seventh-place finish in the 2019 Indy 500 earned him Rookie of the Year. 

NEXT UP: Carb Day practice for the 105th Indy 500 will take place Friday, May 28 from 11-1 p.m. ET. Get a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 105th Indianapolis 500 via the Digital Ally Garage Camera on www.rahal.com.

Sato, Rahal and Ferrucci Qualify for the Indy 500

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 22, 2021                                   

SATO, RAHAL AND FERRUCCI QUALIFY 15TH, 18TH AND 23RD, RESPECTIVELY, FOR THE INDY 500

QUALIFYING SPEEDS
1st:  Scott Dixon             4-lap avg. speed of 231.828 mph   (L1: 232.574, L2: 231.762, L3: 231.612, L4: 231.368)  
15th:  Takuma Sato      4-lap avg. speed of 230.708 mph   (L1: 231.386, L2: 230.857, L3: 230.525, L4: 230.067)  
18th:  Graham Rahal    4-lap avg. speed of 230.521 mph   (L1: 230.799, L2: 230.510, L3: 230.425, L4: 230.350)
23rd:  Santino Ferrucci 4-lap avg. speed of 229.949 mph   (L1: 230.546, L2: 229.856, L3: 229.721, L4: 229.676)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The United Rentals No. 15 is going to start 18th. I’m disappointed to not get a shot at the end. I’m disappointed for us and I’m also disappointed for the fans because I think a lot of the drama that was missed today was the fact that you had Rossi, Takuma and myself, and guys like that in line to give it a shot and we didn’t even get a chance. It is what it is, the rules are set the way that they are. They guys get a run in even if they’re not quick enough to make it. They can just file right back in the line and keep going. Like I said the rules are the rules and we didn’t time it quite right to be able to get out but honestly, I’ve got a feeling we would have made it but that’s easy to say now. Now we just focus on the race car. Eighteenth is not where we thought we would start by any means, but we have a good race car and we’ll be able to race from there and do a great job.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 14th Indy 500. His best qualifying position in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and RLL in 2020. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. 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 currently fifth in series standings with 137 points, only 39 out of first place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Our performance was not fast enough unfortunately. The 30 car is 15th for the race which is not a bad place, of course, but not excellent. After being in the front row last year, it was a frustrating day. We went to make a second attempt, but it was the middle of the day and a bit too hot and we tried to go to a third attempt but just as we had the opportunity (next in line) in Lane 2, we had to respect the rule (for Lane 1) and unfortunately we didn’t get out (on track) which was frustrating. But I think we have a strong car for the race so we will put all our focus on the race car now. We still have a good session tomorrow as well as Carb Day. We need to move up. It’s going to be a tough race.”

  • FAST FACTS: Sato is the only active two-time Indy 500 Champion.  The 2021 race will be his 12th Indy 500 and fourth with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. He finished third for RLL in 2019 and was a contender in the final laps… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, Gateway oval; 2020 Indy 500 ) and 10 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 road, Texas oval; 2020 St. Louis – Race 2).  He is 12th in series standings with 98 points.

SANTINO FERRUCCI, No. 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Qualifying day wasn’t what we hoped. We’re going to start 23rd, in the middle of the eighth row. I started there in 2019 and came hope with a seventh-place finish and that was my first ever oval race. I’m looking forward to working with the guys tomorrow for practice. We’ll get our car really quick in race trim and hopefully we’ll move forward well enough and get in that top three. It was a pretty anti-climactic day overall. We went out early and got a good run in but I had to lift and I was expecting to get another run in. We lined up mid-afternoon and it was just too hot. We lined up again at the end and so many people were trying to go in Lane 1 and we just never got our shot but I think our car was definitely capable of a top-15 spot, if not a top nine one.”

  • FAST FACTS: He has competed in two Indy 500’s with his best finish of fourth in the 2020 Indy 500 and his seventh-place finish in the 2019 Indy 500 earned him Rookie of the Year. 

NEXT UP: Qualifying to set the top nine positions will take place tomorrow from 3 – 3:45 p.m. ET and the field of 33 will have a practice session from 5-7 p.m. ET. Get a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 105th Indianapolis 500 via the Digital Ally Garage Camera on www.rahal.com.

Fast Friday Ends With Rahal, Sato and Ferrucci Happy With Their Speeds

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
FAST FRIDAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 21, 2021                                 

FAST FRIDAY ENDS WITH RAHAL, SATO AND FERRUCCI HAPPY WITH THEIR SPEEDS

1)         Scott Dixon                  233.302 mph   
8)         Takuma Sato               231.598 mph    (10-second, no tow: 5th)
11)       Graham Rahal             231.518 mph    (10-second, no tow: 2nd)
14)       Santino Ferrucci          230.924 mph    (10-second, no tow: 9th)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a solid day for the United Rentals team. We recovered well at the end there.  We changed a lot today to try and get into a better balance for me; it wasn’t a speed thing, it was just more balance but I do think at the end we were able to find quite a lot of speed so I’m pleased with it. The boys did a great job, Honda did a great job. If you look at the top of the charts, Honda is in for a good shot of filling up the top couple of rows which we’re proud to see. We’ve got to keep our heads down, tomorrow could be a completely different day. We don’t know what everybody’s got in store for us, we don’t know where our draw is going to be but we know there are challenges ahead. We’ve just got to keep focused here.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 14th Indy 500. His best qualifying position in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and RLL in 2020. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. 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 currently fifth in series standings with 137 points, only 39 out of first place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a very good Fast Friday. Obviously, we bumped up the boost and going to see a 230 mph+. It was a very productive day. We ran only four short sim runs which was half of what we actually planned but that’s because every run we did a really good analysis and then the 30 car in particular just made really good progress. We were very happy in the end. I think all of our speed is coming really close together so that’s very satisfying and obviously most important tomorrow and the day after but I think it was very good preparation.”

  • FAST FACTS: Sato is the only active two-time Indy 500 Champion.  The 2021 race will be his 12th Indy 500 and fourth with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. He finished third for RLL in 2019 and was a contender in the final laps… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, Gateway oval; 2020 Indy 500 ) and 10 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 road, Texas oval; 2020 St. Louis – Race 2).  He is 12th in series standings with 98 points.

SANTINO FERRUCCI, No. 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s hard to get back in the car after something like that. I had a lot of confidence in the guys. They’ve been here since 5:30 this morning, turning and burning, and they gave me the confidence to come back out and go flat in our first run and a couple of trip stages later, go back out and put the car in the top 10 and have some of the fastest four lap averages. I can’t argue with that; our Hy-Vee Honda has been on fire today. I’m thinking that we are going for the top nine tomorrow so we’ve still got a lot of work to do. I’m proud of these guys. We’re going to button some things up that we didn’t have a chance to last night and keep massaging this girl until she’s fast. I’m just a racer and I just want to go fast and today’s the best day to go do that. We just keep pushing each other, the team keeps working hard, I want to keep working hard for the team and I’m just proud that the Hy-Vee car is fast. I’m happy to see them up in high spirits, especially after everything that’s happened. Normally it brings a team down but for us it brought us closer together and lifted us up. I’m alright now, I don’t feel it (pain) at all, it’s all that adrenaline. A lot of people came over and helped out and made sure that I’m comfortable. Especially the doctors. A huge thank you to the AMR Safety team – they are without a doubt the best in the business.  Just the fact that they spent all the time with me going over to Methodist and coming back and doing some work on my leg this morning making sure it’s all bandaged up and ready to go.”

  • FAST FACTS: Ferrucci was cleared to drive at approx. 9 a.m. ET. After all three crews pitched in to repair the No. 45 entry, with the latest work being done until approx. 4:30 a.m., Ferrucci got back on track at approx. 2 p.m. Friday for an installation lap. The team got to work in earnest later… He has competed in two Indy 500’s with his best finish of fourth in the 2020 Indy 500 and his seventh-place finish in the 2019 Indy 500 earned him Rookie of the Year. 

NEXT UP: Qualifying will take place tomorrow from 12 – 5:50 p.m. ET. Get a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 105th Indianapolis 500 via the Digital Ally Garage Camera on www.rahal.com.

Ferrucci Was Evaluated And Released From IU Health Methodist Hospital Following Contact; Rahal and Sato Completed More Laps in Practice at IMS

#45: Santino Ferrucci, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE DAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 20, 2021                              

FERRUCCI WAS EVALUATED AND RELEASED FROM IU HEALTH METHODIST HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CONTACT; RAHAL AND SATO COMPLETE MORE LAPS IN PRACTICE AT IMS

1)         Tony Kanaan               225.341 mph   
3)         Santino Ferrucci          224.922 mph
9)         Takuma Sato               224.232 mph   
26)       Graham Rahal             221.749 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’d say overall it was a pretty solid day. We were able to work through a lot, work on our qualifying setup a little bit. And in the end we got to do some race running.  Our car was very good in the race runs so we’re excited about the opportunity. We got a pretty good horse in this thing so tomorrow will be interesting. The boost gets turned up and we will see how the qualifying speeds are and the performance. We will see where we stack up compared to others and go from there. But we’re excited. We’re going to try to get the United Rentals Honda in victory lane. We were close last year. Hopefully we get it done this time. I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 14th Indy 500. His best qualifying position in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and RLL in 2020. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. 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 currently fifth in series standings with 137 points, only 39 out of first place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was another very productive day for us. We learned a lot, both in qualifying simulations as well as race simulation. We ran a lot of group runs and in traffic runs. It is always challenging, never easy but it was very productive. So tomorrow we go to Fast Friday with high boost so I’m quite excited to go fast and concentrate on qualifying day of course. So far we have had very, very good days in practice and everything is according to plan. Let’s keep on working and hopefully we have a strong day in qualifications.”

  • FAST FACTS: Sato is the only active two-time Indy 500 Champion.  The 2021 race will be his 12th Indy 500 and fourth with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. He finished third for RLL in 2019 and was a contender in the final laps… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, Gateway oval; 2020 Indy 500 ) and 10 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 road, Texas oval; 2020 St. Louis – Race 2).  He is 12th in series standings with 98 points.

SANTINO FERRUCCI, No. 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was your typical Turn 2 situation where the car gets a gust of wind and goes without warning. I’m back at the Speedway, all checked out from medical. I go through the final physical test tomorrow to see if I can get back in the car and drive. I’m a little sore but happy to be here at IMS. The guys are working overly hard to make sure our Hy-Vee Honda is back on track and its going to be really quick.”

  • FAST FACTS: At 4:14 p.m., and after setting the second fastest time at the time, Ferrucci’s No. 45 entry did a quarter-spin to the left in Turn 2 and made hard rear contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 before stopping on the back straightaway. The rear of the car suffered heavy damage. He climbed from his car with assistance from the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and was evaluated onsite before being transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation on his left leg. He was evaluated and released from IU Health Methodist Hospital later. He will be evaluated again in the morning by Dr. Billows but is expected to be cleared to drive. He has competed in two Indy 500’s with his best finish of fourth in the 2020 Indy 500 and his seventh-place finish in the 2019 Indy 500 earned him Rookie of the Year. 

NEXT UP: Practice will take place from 12-6 p.m. ET tomorrow. Get a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 105th Indianapolis 500 via the Digital Ally Garage Camera on www.rahal.com.  Qualifying for the Indy 500 will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23.

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More Data Was Gained on Day 2 of Practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE DAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 19, 2021

MORE DATA WAS GAINED ON DAY 2 OF PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

1)         Scott Dixon                  226.829 mph   
14)       Graham Rahal             224.813 mph
20)       Takuma Sato               224.057 mph   
34)       Santino Ferrucci          219.088 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was actually a really good day for the No. 15 United Rentals boys. I think we did a great job kind of going back and resetting overnight and trying not to overreact to the challenges that we faced yesterday. Today the car was significantly better.  We focused 100% on race stuff today so I know there’s some guys out there doing qual sims and kind of seeing what their pace was. We will do that tomorrow. Today we focused on just trying to get the racecar better and I’m glad to say that we did. We’re excited for what’s ahead.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 14th Indy 500. His best qualifying position in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and RLL in 2020. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. 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 currently fifth in series standings with 137 points, only 39 out of first place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I think it was a good day again, we learned a lot. We did qualifying simulations, still with lower boost but we can learn so many fundamental things. Then the group runs were very strong. You know if you have a lot of downforce you can carry in a good speed but then when you get to lead the race its difficult. We learned tons, I’m sure Santino and Graham gathered great data too so we shall see at the end of the day meeting and hopefully we can move another step forward for tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Sato is the only active two-time Indy 500 Champion.  The 2021 race will be his 12th Indy 500 and fourth with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. He finished third for RLL in 2019 and was a contender in the final laps… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, Gateway oval; 2020 Indy 500 ) and 10 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 road, Texas oval; 2020 St. Louis – Race 2).  He is 12th in series standings with 98 points.

SANTINO FERRUCCI, No. 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Another day done. We got back out for the last 15 minutes to check things out. It was a solid day – a lot of learning. We definitely found out a couple of things about the car, things we like and things we don’t like but we’re ready to come back strong tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his third Indianapolis 500 and first with the team.  His best finish is fourth in the 2020 Indy 500 and his seventh-place finish in the 2019 Indy 500 earned him Rookie of the Year. 

NEXT UP: Practice will take place from 12-6 p.m. ET tomorrow. Get a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 105th Indianapolis 500 via the Digital Ally Garage Camera on www.rahal.com.  Qualifying for the Indy 500 will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23.

Sato, Rahal and Ferrucci Have a Productive Opening Day for the 105th Indy 500

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
OPENING DAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 18, 2021

SATO, RAHAL AND FERRUCCI HAVE A PRODUCTIVE OPENING DAY AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN PREPARATION FOR THE INDY 500

1)         Will Power                   226.470 mph   
3)         Takuma Sato               226.132 mph   
26)       Graham Rahal             222.583 mph
32)       Santino Ferrucci          220.718 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was not the end of the day we hoped for.  Obviously to be the quickest in the morning, we expected a little more this afternoon. We did a lot of race running. We struggled quite a lot with the balance of the car; it seemed to be throwing us quite a curveball from the test to coming back here. It did this morning as well, but we just happened to put in a good one (lap). It seems like it’s going to be a bit of a challenge for us to get things honed back in here but we have to reset. I think the track’s going to change a lot over the next couple of days and we’ll see how she goes. The United Rentals boys are hard at work; I think we’ll be just fine. We’ll be competitive. The car has got speed, we’ve just got to get the balance a little better.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 14th Indy 500. His best qualifying position in the Indy 500 is fourth in 2009 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and best finish is third with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and RLL in 2020. Detailed Indy 500 information available upon request. 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 currently fifth in series standings with 137 points, only 39 out of first place.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s really good to be back at IMS, particularly with the fans. I could see so many fans smiling and over there (across the track) all day waiting – it was great to see that. Well first of all I think we shook down the car very nicely because the last test we had a small issue but everything is sorted, so I’m really happy to be back in the car. The PeopleReady car is beautiful; it looks awesome. It was a very productive day. We did a solo run with the wing sweep and ride height things and all the check list. But also the group runs in the end for two big group runs so that was very productive. We already learned the positive side and the not so positive side so hopefully we can carry over good things for tomorrow.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Sato is the only active two-time Indy 500 Champion.  The 2021 race will be his 12th Indy 500 and fourth with RLL. In 2012 with RLL, he was alongside eventual winner Franchitti in Turn 1 on the final lap but his race ended due to contact after he was squeezed down on the apron and lost control of his race car. He finished third for RLL in 2019 and was a contender in the final laps… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, Gateway oval; 2020 Indy 500 ) and 10 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 road, Texas oval; 2020 St. Louis – Race 2).  He is 12th in series standings with 98 points.

SANTINO FERRUCCI, No. 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s great to be back in Indy. Our Hy-Vee Honda is incredibly quick, even though we didn’t show it on the time sheets. We were down most of the afternoon session working on the car back on the pad. We went back out and ended the day in a pack of about seven cars and actually ended up going through it which was pretty awesome.  It’s nice to be back racing with the guys. I’m looking forward to being back up on the top part of those (time) sheets in the next couple of days.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his third Indianapolis 500 and first with the team.  His best finish is fourth in the 2020 Indy 500 and his seventh place finish in the 2019 Indy 500 earned him Rookie of the Year. 

NEXT UP: Practice will take place from 12-6 p.m. ET tomorrow. Get a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 105th Indianapolis 500 via the Digital Ally Garage Camera on www.rahal.com.

GMR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – RACE NOTES/QUOTES – May 15, 2021

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGMR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – May 15, 2021


RAHAL CHARGED TO A FIFTH PLACE FINISH IN THE GMR GRAND PRIX AFTER OPENING LAP CONTACT SENT HIM TO 24TH; SATO FINISHED 16TH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Oh boy was that an exciting one.  Obviously, the start I need to look at it. I thought I was giving enough room but obviously came in contact with Conor there. Our boys, we’re going to nickname this race ‘Chicken Salad’ because to take that green flag 20+ seconds behind (the field after two stops) and be able to work our way up with a good car, good pace, good fuel saving, definitely one of the better drives I’ve ever had. I’m proud of these guys to get another top five. When you start that far behind it’s remarkable. It’s a good run for Fifth Third Bank, everybody in this organization, Honda with the fuel mileage, it’s all just excellent stuff. I’m super happy with how this ended up. I’ve got to say I’m shocked but it was definitely a good run for us.
            “(On the incident at the start:) I don’t know what happened. Obviously, we had a pretty beat up car for the remainder of the race. The right rear was pretty beat up. But that happened so easily, I’m not really sure how it falls apart like that with so little contact but either way the biggest thing is just to keep the guys heads together and keep mine. Obviously that restart wasn’t ideal – we topped up on fuel and restarted 20 seconds behind.  Imagine if we had restarted in the back of the pack and didn’t have to make up the 20 seconds. But at the same time it was good because by the time I caught Montoya he had to pit. By the time I got to some of those guys in the sequence, they were having to pit so I could just keep going so the momentum just kept rolling but it was definitely a good day.”

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started 11th but seventh place Pagenaud and eighth place Daly made contact which sent Daly into Rahal, who dropped to the back after he had to pit for repairs to the right rear bodywork on Lap 2 and again on Lap 3 to top off on fuel. When the race restarted from caution to remove Daly’s car, Rahal was 24th and a good amount of distance back from the field. As others made their first stop, he cycled up to as high as fifth on Lap 29/85 before he made his third stop on Lap 30. He returned to the track in 21st place and set about conserving as much fuel as he could and not using his push-to-pass. He cycled as high as fifth before he made his next stop on Lap 58 and returned to the track in 13th place and regained fifth place by Lap 66.  He held the position while holding off Pagenaud until he took the checkered flag fifth after 85 laps…  The GMR GP was Rahal’s 10th Indy car race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In July 2020, he earned his top start of fourth place here and matched his best finish of second place (2015, 2020) in seven starts but looked likely to win.  In nine events, he has seven top-10 finishes of second (2015, 2020), fourth (2016), sixth (2017), seventh (2019-2020) and ninth (2018). 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 maintained his fifth-place rank in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings with 137, but closed on the leader Dixon, who has 176 (-39).

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Disappointing race, frustrating shall we say. Nothing wrong, I made a good start and we did what we planned for the pitstops but every time we came out we caught some traffic but I guess everybody is in the same boat but we didn’t make any positions up. Got a few interesting battles and that was great but P16 is just frustrating.  Hopefully now with the Indy 500, we it turn around and have a good run.”

  • FAST FACTS: Sato qualified 17th and gained three places on the start when Daly and Pagenaud made contact and Daly collected Rahal. An issue on his first stop led to him running over the airgun, which drew a post-race monetary penalty. During stints, the highest he was able to cycle forward was to 13th place due to track position and he ultimately finished 16th…  The 2021 GMR GP was Takuma’s 10th INDYCAR race on the IMS road course.  His best start is 11th in 2018 and 2019 with RLL and his best finish is ninth in 2017 with Andretti Autosport… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval, 2020 – Indianapolis 500) and 10 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; 2020 – St. Louis Race 2)… He maintained his 12th place rank in series point standings with a total of 98.

RLL AT THE IMS ROAD COURSE…. The GMR Grand Prix marked the 10th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the 2.439-mile road course.  The team’s best finish here is second in 2015 and July 4, 2020 by Rahal and best start is fourth in 2020, also by Rahal.

NEXT UP: Opening Day for the Indy 500 will take place on Tuesday, May 18.

GMR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway NTT INDYCAR SERIES QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 14, 2021

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGMR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 14, 2021


RAHAL TO START 11TH IN THE GMR GRAND PRIX AND SATO TO START 17TH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s been a challenging day for the entire RLL crew, both on the 15 and the 30. I was happy we got the Fifth Third car to advance into the second round but honestly, I think she’s been a beast today and had to be perfect to get it through (Round 1). The first half the lap was good and then we lost it. It’s going to be a challenge tomorrow, there are some guys that are fast, I think tire degredation is going to be huge and I think we will put on an exciting show and we will see. Obviously points are on our mind and we’re going to try to have a good day.  The 15 boys have had a great year, other than St. Pete where we had a little slip there but aside from that I’ve been solidly in the top five pretty much everywhere. Our guys have done a great job and we came to the (oval) test and the car was a bullet. Fingers crossed; things can change quickly around here but we’re excited, really excited for what’s to come.”

  • FAST FACTS: The GMR GP will be Rahal’s 10th Indy car race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In July 2020, he earned his top start of fourth place here and matched his best finish of second place (2015, 2020) in seven starts but looked likely to win.  In nine events, he has seven top-10 finishes of second (2015, 2020), fourth (2016), sixth (2017), seventh (2019-2020) and ninth (2018). 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 currently ranked fifth in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings with 107.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was such a tight field. We were just six-hundredths (of a second) off from moving to the next segment. The field was tight as always, we weren’t particularly happy with the (car in) practice, so we made a change in the car and I’m sure we made progress, but we just needed a little bit more speed. I’m confident we are pointing in a good direction so in warmup we should be better and I’m looking forward to the race.”

  • FAST FACTS: The 2021 GMR GP will be Takuma’s 10th INDYCAR race on the IMS road course.  His best start is 11th in 2018 and 2019 with RLL and his best finish is ninth in 2017 with Andretti Autosport… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval, 2020 – Indianapolis 500) and 10 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; 2020 – St. Louis Race 2)… He is ranked 12th in series point standings with a total of 84.

RLL AT THE IMS ROAD COURSE…. The GMR Grand Prix will mark the 10th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the 2.439-mile road course.  The team’s best finish here is second in 2015 and July 4, 2020 by Rahal and best start is fourthin 2020, also by Rahal.

NEXT UP:  Warmup for the GMR Grand Prix will take place from 10:45-11:15 AM and NBC will begin coverage of the 85-lap race at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Rahal and Sato Are Excited to Return to Action at IMS for the GMR Grand Prix

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingPre-Race Notes
GMR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
Round 5 of 17 in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

DATE:     Friday – Saturday, May 14-15, 2021

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET and on Saturday from 10:45–11:15 a.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 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET Friday.

RACE BROADCAST:     Live on NBC Sunday, May 15 from 2:30 – 5 p.m. ET. And also on Peacock Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT:     2.439-mile, 14-turn road course
RACE LENGTH:     85 laps / 207.35 miles
2020 WINNER:     Scott Dixon (July 4)
2020 POLESITTER:     Will Power (1:10.1779 / 125.116 mph; July 3)

RLL TOP START / FINISH AT IMS (ROAD):     4th by Rahal in 2020 / 2nd by Rahal in 2015 and 2020; nine events

RAHAL’S BEST START / FINISH AT IMS (ROAD):     4th in 2020 / 2nd in 2015 and 2020; nine events
RAHAL’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     3 poles – Pole at St. Pete (street) 2009, Kansas (oval) 2009, Detroit Race 1 (street) 2017 / 6 wins – 1st in St. Pete in 2008, Fontana & Mid-Ohio 2015, Texas 2016, Detroit Race 1 & Race 2 2017

SATO’S BEST START / FINISH AT IMS (ROAD):     11th in 2018-2019 (RLL) / 9th in 2017 with AA; nine events
SATO’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     10 Poles – Iowa (oval) 2011, Edmonton (street) 2011, Houston Race 1 (street) 2013, St. Pete (street) 2014, Detroit Dual 2 (street) 2014, Detroit Dual 2 2017, Pocono (oval) 2017, Barber (road) 2019, Texas (oval) 2019, St. Louis (oval; Race 2) 2020 / 6 Wins – Long Beach (2013), Indianapolis 500 (2017), Portland (2018), Barber (2019), St. Louis (2019), Indianapolis 500 (2020)

NEWS & NOTES:

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING & THE GMR GRAND PRIX
The GMR Grand Prix will mark the team’s 10th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the 2.439-mile road course.  The team’s highest finish is second by Graham Rahal in 2015 and 2020 and he also brought RLL their highest start of fourth this July. In addition to Rahal (2014-2020) and Sato (2018-2020), other drivers that have competed for the team here include Spencer Pigot (2016, 2020) and Oriol Servia (2014).  RLL has entered the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Honda for Graham Rahal, and the No. 30 Panasonic / Shield Cleansers Honda for Takuma Sato.

RAHAL AIMS TO ADD ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH AT IMS
Graham hopes to finish one better at the 2021 GMR Grand Prix than he did last year when he finished second in the July 4 race. The series competed on the road course two more times in 2020. In the July race that was rescheduled from the May date, he earned his top start of fourth place here and matched his best finish of second place (2015, 2020) in seven starts but looked likely to win. After starting fourth, he passed Herta for third at the start of the race.  He moved into second when previous race leader Will Power made his first stop on Lap 17 of 80, apparently on a three-stop strategy and then into the lead when Jack Harvey pit on Lap 18. He led the next nine laps until he made his first stop on Lap 26 on a two-stop strategy and returned to the track in fourth place, running handily behind those on a three-stop strategy. A caution came out for rookie Askew, who crashed, and changed the complexion of the race. Three-stoppers Power, Newgarden and Harvey pit under caution and Rahal cycled into the lead on Lap 39. Rahal was on primary Firestone’s and Dixon, who had made his second of three stops two laps before the caution, caught up to Rahal and passed him on Lap 48. Dixon ran hard and built a 7-second gap on Rahal before Rahal made his second stop on Lap 54 and Dixon made his third stop on Lap 55.  After the field made their stops, Rahal returned to second place on lap 63 and held it until the checkered flag. He earned two seventh-place finishes in the doubleheader in October and is still looking forward to possible redemption on the road course.
           “I’m excited for this weekend.  Last year we felt like we had really done everything right to win the Indy Grand Prix, came up just short due to the yellow. But I feel like our cars are very competitive, I feel like we’ve been very competitive at the Indy GP. In fact, I’m looking at my trophies from there in the past. We just haven’t gotten to the top step. This time around we certainly hope to be able to do that. I think the cars have been very competitive.  You look at Barber, and even St. Pete; obviously we didn’t get the result we hoped for, but at St. Pete we were very strong. We feel like we can take our base setup from there and make it work here at the Indy GP with a couple of different tweaks from last year but I feel like we are going to be very competitive. If we can qualify up front, we can certainly be one of the guys to beat. It’s big coming off of Texas and getting all that momentum coming into May.  It’s nice to be (at IMS) back in May versus August which gives you that mojo back a little bit. But we are excited for the opportunity ahead. We finished second in the GP last year, and third in the 500 so we know we can be very competitive at both of these events.  Now we need to go out and make it happen. Our guys have worked their butts off all year long. The preparation that has gone into this has been tremendous. I really expect us to be strong in both events. I’ll be disappointed if that’s not the case, but we will do what we can to make a right and go out there and put on a good show, get the Fifth Third Bank car up front for the Grand Prix and then obviously get the United Rentals special 2004 Buddy Rice paint scheme to the front for the Indy 500.”

SATO RETURNS TO IMS AS A TWO-TIME INDY 500 CHAMPION
IMS is obviously a special place for Takuma Sato. He is the only active, fulltime, two-time Indy 500 Champion in the series after he backed up his 2017 win with one on August 23, 2020.  His best INDYCAR start on the road course is 11th in 2018 and his best finish is ninth in 2017 with Andretti Autosport.  He is looking forward to kicking off the two races at IMS with a strong finish.  Sato is refreshed and ready to get back on track after a weekend off following four races in three weekends.
           “It was good to have a weekend off after three consecutive weekends and four races. We all love the racing but sometimes it’s important to have some days off because its physically and mentally draining because we are 100 percent committed and it uses so much energy. Especially for the boys, just nonstop working on the cars, engineers analyzing so much data. Just to have the weekend off and have more time to analyze the data more is important. Even for drivers after a good or frustrating weekend, it’s nice to have a refreshing break before the next thing, especially with the big month of May is coming. I’m really refreshed and ready to go have a strong weekend.”

SATO HAS ENJOYED THE IMS ROAD COURSE SINCE HIS FORMULA ONE DAYS
“The Indy GP is always unique and always very interesting with lots of overtaking possibilities even for a road course. It’s challenging, the track itself, of course everybody knows that IMS is a beautiful facility.  However as a road course point of view, its flat but quite challenging because you need to keep momentum all the time, especially through the high speed chicane just before the back straight. There is heavy braking and you go through the esses and again into the complex part for the last part of the track which has different characteristics. It’s quite challenging, but of course going fast is always quite challenging in any circumstances but it’s a good track and I don’t have a strong record here in IndyCar – yet. Hopefully, this weekend that changes. Personally, I have a great memories here from back in the old days (F1) and IMS is just a beautiful place; I love the place. I think this weekend, I have a good feeling. From the team preparation point of view, I think we carried the good momentum from last year the team had a very good baseline. Now of course the tire spec and aero specification, and some bits and pieces are different, as well as the environment is different so sometimes you can’t quite carry over the setup to the next season, however I think the baseline is very strong and good. Already in Barber we had the road course race, and we showed a good speed. At Barber, we were a little unfortunate for the strategy, so the result didn’t come as we wished, but we showed good potential, which I think is a good sign for Indy GP. The month of May will be starting soon, of course the Indy 500 is a big part, but the Indy GP is important for us as well.  It’s nice to be back in the car after the refreshing weekend. I’m looking forward to going to the road course race at IMS, and seeing all the fans that will be there. I can’t wait to be back in the car very, very soon.”

THE POINT STANDINGS
Graham Rahal is ranked fifth in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings with 107 and is only -46 behind points leader Scott Dixon (153). Takuma Sato is 12th with a total of 84.

RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, May 2, 2021

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingXPEL 375 – Texas Motor Speedway
Round 4 of 21 in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, May 2, 2021
 
 
RAHAL EARNED HIS FOURTH PODIUM FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY WITH THIRD PLACE; SATO HAD A PIT EQUIPMENT ISSUE ON HIS FIRST STOP AND FINISHED 14TH IN THE XPEL 375
 
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “A great weekend comes to a close for us here in Texas. We got two top-five’s for the Fleet Cost and Care boys. We did a great job battling; we got to lead there for a minute today but we just got a little too loose in the end there to go battle Pato and Josef, but in general it was a great weekend; a good points weekend. Man, St. Pete stings a little more now but we are going to keep our heads down and keep working hard. Good job by Honda, that engine, she’s seen her last moments (engine change). She got us to this point with good reliability. On to the next one!FAST FACTS: He started ninth based on entrant points after qualifying was cancelled due to inclement weather on Saturday. A multi-car crash on the opening lap that was set off when Fittipaldi made contact with Bourdais meant the first 18 laps were run under caution. After that, Rahal held ninth place until his first stop on Lap 72 from seventh place. After the round of stops were complete, he ran seventh and passed Power for sixth on Lap 115. Harvey brought out a caution on Lap 117 and the majority of the field made stop s on Lap 119 under caution. A quick stop by the crew got Rahal three positions and he returned to the track in third place. O’Ward passed him on Lap 128/249. He regained third when he passed Power on Lap 134 after setting his fastest lap of the race to do so. He passed O’Ward on Lap 136 for second and took the lead of the race on Lap 140, which he held for 13 laps before opting for a more conservative fuel pace in second behind Dixon from Lap 153 until his third stop on Lap 186. A caution came out on Lap 190 for Rosenqvist, who lost a wheel. Newgarden came out of the pits at the right time and ran ahead of Rahal, who was sixth after his stop. Sato was in the race lead and on a different fuel strategy after a mechanical failure on a wheel gun on his first stop.  Once those who hadn’t made their final stop pit, Rahal moved back into third on Lap 211. His race car wasn’t quite as strong as the previous stint and he couldn’t pressure Newgarden, who pit three laps later than he did, for position and finished third which is his fourth top-three finish at TMS… Was his 15th race here.  In his previous 13 races here, his best start came in 2012 of third and best finish is his win in 2016 that still stands as the closest finish in TMS history at 0.0080 of a second. In total, he has three podium finishes, five top-five’s and seven top-10s in his 13 races… He 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 moved from his pre-race rank of 9th to 5th in series point standings with 107. 
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Panasonic / Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “For us, very unfortunate Texas races, everything was against us. The start went well, running in the single position at the moment in P9. For the first pitstop we had an issue and immediately went a lap down, so, everything was track position. Then I tried to unlap myself which I did, and at the moment it was good but from there we tried a different strategy, different sequence and at the moment it looked like is was working okay but then we caught the yellow. So the strategy had no meaning with that so we basically lost another lap. Tough race, but hopefully we collected good data, and we are off to the Indy GP and, of course, the Indy 500 which are big races so we’re looking forward to that.”FAST FACTS: He started 11th based on entrant points when qualifying was cancelled due to inclement weather on Saturday. A multi-car crash on the opening lap, which was set off when Fittipaldi made contact with Bourdais, meant the first 18 laps were run under caution.  He passed Herta on the Lap 19 restart for 10th and held the position until Rosenqvist passed him on Lap 59. He made his first stop on Lap 64 and the wheel gun on the outside rear failed which caused a delay on the stop. He returned to the track in 16th place. He made his second stop on Lap 119 during the caution for debris from Harvey’s issue and returned to the track in 15th place. He passed Veekay for 14th for seven laps before he returned to 15th.  He made a stop on Lap 166and ran 13th but as the next pit cycle began, he moved up to lead 12 laps before he dropped to third and then pit on Lap 211. He returned to the track in 14th place and held the position until the checkered flag… It was his 13th race here.  In his 11 previous races here, Takuma has a best start of pole in 2019 and has earned three top-10 finishes with the best being fifth place in 2011 with KVRT.… Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval, 2020 – Indianapolis 500) and TEN 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; 2020 St. Louis (Race 2) … He moved from his pre-race rank of 11th to 12th in series point standings with 84. 
NEXT UP:  The GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place on Saturday, May 15.
 
 
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