Road America Doubleheader Race Recap

Race 1:

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL QUARTZ Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "With the TOTAL QUARTZ machine, we probably had a car that could win but there was a problem on the first stop that wasn't ideal that took us from running second to 11th and we ultimately recovered to seventh. It was a frustrating day. When I was in second place, we were definitely on a mission and things were looking great. Having said that, we did finish every lap so we did raise a lot of money for Turns for Troops with United Rentals. And we had a good points day. In general we caught Pagenaud and a couple of the other guys. Dixie (Scott Dixon) is in a world of his own right now and all of the bounces are certainly going his way too. And that happens in racing. It happened for us in 2015 and we're working on getting back in that position. We'll swap the AERO vinyl to Fifth Third Bank overnight and try to capitalize on a good setup to get this car to the front. When need to get the car a little better, find a little rear grip overnight. Overall, I thought the engineers and mechanics have done a great job. The car has been super-reliable. Brian, my Honda engineer, has done an amazing job this year. We've just got to keep our heads down and keep going."

  • FAST FACTS: Started fourth and passed second place starter Harvey for third by Turn 1. He held the position and set his fastest lap of the race on Lap 8 when he passed Hunter-Reay for second. He started pursuit of leader Newgarden and closed the gap by 0.4 seconds as the pit window began to open between laps 12-14. He ran between 2.2-2.5-seconds behind Newgarden and took over the lead on Lap 13 when he pit. When he made his first of three stops on the following lap, he held a 4.3-second lead on Ferrucci. There was a problem with the fueling and the extended seconds in the pit dropped him to 11th place and 21-seconds behind the leader when he returned to the track. By the time the second pit stops started to take place, he cycled up to sixth before making his second stop on Lap 27 of 55. He settled into eighth place and moved into seventh when Harvey appeared to have a car issue that brought out the full course caution. The field made their third stops once the pits opened. Rahal held seventh through the restart and was unable to hold off a last lap charge by Ericcson, who had more Push-to-Pass, but then spun off course and Rahal took the checkered flag in seventh to keep his top-10 finish streak alive… The REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will be Graham Rahal's sixth and seventh Champ or Indy car races here and 10th and 11th overall. In five Champ or Indy car races here, he has two third place finishes (2007, 2016), a fourth place (2019), sixth (2018) and eighth (2017). 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 maintained fifth place in series point standings with a total of 81 points.

Race 2:

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I'm okay (after the crash). I'm sorry for Fifth Third Bank and for all of our partners that were hoping for a good day just like us. It's disappointing to see desperation moves like that, that early in the race. I've made them before so I know them well. We're okay from the hit. It was a disappointing end to our race today and we had a really good chance for a good finish. It was extremely short with only doing one turn. I'm pretty upset with the way it all worked out but we've got Iowa next week and we've got to look ahead and try to do a better job there. We had a good car this weekend. Our guys did a good job but it's just a shame we didn't get a chance at it today."

  • FAST FACTS: He started fifth and on the opening lap was hit by Will Power in Turn 3 which sent him off course and into two different concrete walls in Turn 3. Power had previously made contact with Hunter-Reay in Turn 1 and was penalized for "avoidable contact" and had to go to the back of the field for the restart. Rahal was checked and released from the infield medical center… 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 dropped from fifth place in series point standings to a tie for eight with race winner Felix Rosenqvist with a total of 88 points.