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June 05, 2018

Rahal Ready for Another Exciting Night Race at Texas Motor Speedway

DATE: June 8-9, 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 on Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. ET. Also on the INDYCAR 18 app.

QUALIFYING BROADCAST: Live on NBCSN, Friday, June 8 beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Live on the AAPIRN, the INDYCAR18 app and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis)

RACE BROADCAST: Live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 9 and on the INDYCAR18 app. The race will also air live on the AAPIRN, Sirius 214, XM 209 and www.indycar.com

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.455-mile oval
RACE LENGTH: 248 laps / 360.84 miles
2017 WINNER: Will Power
2017 POLESITTER: Charlie Kimball (2-lap average speed of 222.556 mph)

RAHAL’S BEST TMS START/FINISH: 3rd in 2012 / 1st in 2016; will be his 11th race here

RAHAL’S HIGHEST SERIES START/FINISH: Pole at St. Pete (street) 2009, Kansas (oval) 2009, Detroit (street) 2017 / 1st in St. Pete in 2008, Fontana (oval; 500 miles) 2015, Mid-Ohio (road) 2015, Texas (oval) 2016; Detroit Race 1 (street) 2017, Detroit Race 2 (street) 2017

 

GRAHAM HOPES TO CONTINUE THE LOVE PART OF HIS “LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP” AT TMS
In his 10 races here, his best start came in 2012 of third and best finish is his win in 2016. In 2017, Rahal drove to a 4th place finish after avoiding many crashes in an action-packed 248-lap race that saw a red flag stop to clear the track after a crash that collected eight cars and later, competition yellows for mandatory pit stops for new tires, among other events. Near the end of the race, Rahal pitted from fifth place on Lap 225/248 during a competition yellow and mandatory stop but stalled leaving the pits and returned to the track in ninth. He was in seventh place when Sato and Dixon made contact and collected other cars with four laps to go. The race ended under caution with Rahal in fourth place. The June 11, 2016 race was postponed until June 12 due to rain which again postponed the race to August 27 after the field complete 71 of 248 scheduled laps before rain came again. Rahal had qualified 13th for the race and was in 12th when it was halted. On August 27, he restarted on Lap 72 and quickly moved to sixth place. He maintained a top-five position the majority of the time except after pitting and never was lower than eighth. He ran second many times and only led once – the final lap – and won by a margin of victory of 0.0080-of a second in what is the fifth-closest finish in Indy car history and the closest finish at Texas Motor Speedway. In 2015, he qualified sixth and finished 15th. In 2014, he qualified 21st and finished 12th and in 2013 he qualified 19th and finished 21st after struggling with the handling of his race car. He qualified third in 2012, led 27 laps and looked close to earning what would have been his second series victory but a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). He qualified 20th for the first of two heat races in 2011 and finished ninth with SCCGR. He drew the fourth starting spot for Race 2 in 2011 and finished 30th. He did not compete in Texas in 2010 during his partial season of competition. He qualified 12th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) in 2009 but retired in 22nd place after contact. In 2008, he qualified 18th and finished 11th with NHLR. Rahal aims to post a good result to put the disappointment of crashing with a top-three finish in sight in Detroit Dual 1.

“It has been a love/hate relationship for me at Texas Motor Speedway my whole career. I have had some really good moments and some moments that weren’t so good. In recent years it has certainly been more on the love side since we have had some great results. I think it’s a great place for us to go to right after this past weekend. I think it’s a place we can go to and have a good result so I’m definitely excited to get out there and get running in the Fleet Cost & Care Honda.”

GRAHAM ON A NEW LIVERY FOR TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal will feature first-time primary sponsor Fleet Cost & Care, who has been an associate sponsor of the team since 2016.

“It’s great to have Fleet Cost & Care with us this weekend as our primary sponsor,” said Rahal. “They have been a tremendous partner of ours in such a short period of time. They have come on full speed and have made a big effort to support the program and we look forward to carrying their colors.”

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