Rahal Finished 15th in INDYCAR Season Finale

MAVTV 500 - Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, Calif.

IZOD IndyCar Series - Season Finale

RACE 1 NOTES / QUOTES - Saturday, October 19, 2013

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I had been struggling with the rear of the car the whole race. We started to make some inroads and started to make it a little bit better but to be honest, the whole time I struggled with the back a little too much. It was very sensitive with front wing changes. At the end of the day though we were just going to try to cruise along and get to the finish. Unfortunately I think we ended up dropping a valve in the engine and it shut off. We weren't going to set the world on fire but we were definitely going forward and that all we can ask for.

(For 2014:) "We just have to keep working. This is a good team that's got a lot of heart. We've got to keep working hard."

FAST FACTS: Rahal qualified 18th but started 22nd after grid penalties were assessed. He was in 14th place, one lap down to the leaders, when a mechanical failure ended his race and he ultimately finished 15th. It was his second race here. He qualified 11th in 2012 for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR), started 18th after a penalty for an unapproved engine change and finished sixth… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 6th at Iowa… Rahal ended the 2013 season ranked 18th in the point standings with 319 points.

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