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June 24, 2018

Rahal Finishes Sixth at Kohler Grand Prix

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 GEHL Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We were decent. We went to the new reds on the third stint and probably just went on them too early, probably needed to keep them for the last stint. Overall the car was decent — not great — we have to continue to work on it. We can be a top-five, top-six car but how do we win?  We went to new reds on the third stint and it catapulted us up into the group with Robbie, Takuma and everyone but I think we needed them at the end. We just have to go back and review that because we definitely needed new reds to close out the race. At the end of the day it was a great day in the GEHL machine with another consistent result. How about that crowd? It’s unbelievable when you drive around the track and see that many people so thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting us.  It was just like our other races. I shouldn’t be disappointed but we want to win. We have finished in the top-10 in every race this year but one but at some point we need to improve enough to win these things. We’ll go enjoy the Fourth of July and then come back to battle at Iowa.”

·      FAST FACTS: Started ninth and moved to seventh on the opening lap after Power dropped back due to a broken header and he passed Dixon, who later regained the spot. Rahal took over seventh when Bourdais pitted early with an issue on Lap 9 of 55 before his first stop on Lap 13. Once Kanaan pit out of sequence, he regained seventh on Lap 18 before his second stop on Lap 27 for fuel and sticker alternate tires. He passed Wickens for sixth on Lap 33 and began closing on teammate Sato.  He moved into fifth when Rossi had to pit for a problem on Lap 38 and made his third and final stop from fifth on Lap 41. Wickens was waved out of his pit as Pagenaud, who was pitting just ahead of him, was coming in but the situation was reviewed for an unsafe pit release but no action was taken.  The stop enabled Wickens to return to the track ahead of Rahal, who was now sixth. He held the position until the checkered flag in his eighth race here and fourth in a Champ or Indy car… In 2007 and 2016 here, he finished third and was eighth in 2017… He is currently ranked sixth in series point standings with 278 points.  He trails leader Scott Dixon by 115 (393) and fifth place Josef Newgarden by 50 (328). 

 

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