TOUGH DAY FOR RAHAL AND UNSER AT FAST TRAC 100 AT THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON Houston, Texas, May 13, 2006 -- It was a disappointing day for the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers in Houston at the Fast Trac 100. Graham Rahal finished in 15th ...
TOUGH DAY FOR RAHAL AND UNSER AT FAST TRAC 100 AT THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON
Houston, Texas, May 13, 2006 -- It was a disappointing day for the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers in Houston at the Fast Trac 100. Graham Rahal finished in 15th position after contact with Raphael Matos damaged his front suspension. Rahal now sits seventh in the championship standings. As for Al Unser III, he retired early from the race due to mechanical problems.
Starting in third position Rahal made it up to second half way through the race, passing eventual race winner, Andreas Wirth. With only a few minutes to go, the son of Champ Car Champion Bobby Rahal tried to make a move on Matos to take the lead but made contact with the Brazilian driver and damaged his right front suspension. Rahal, who had to serve a drive thru penalty for avoidable contact, ended the race 15th, one lap behind the leader in his #18 Gehl Company car.
"We were having a good race and I was able to get passed Wirth for second place. I was fighting for the lead and with the laps winding down I wanted to get in front of Raphael (Matos). I tried going into turn 1 but we touched and from that point on my race was pretty much over. The important thing is that we were running well up-front and that is what we needed, unfortunately it just didn't last long enough."
Al Unser III was also having a good race. He moved up from 21st to 18th at the start, but had problems with a stuck throttle on lap 20. His day ended in the tires in turn two, putting him 23rd in the final standings.
"Today the 200+ Fast Trac car was doing good during the race, unfortunately we ended up having the throttle stick on us going into turn 1. I had to shortcut the chicane and went into turn two a little hesitant and couldn't get the car to stop. I slid into the tires and was able to start the car back up but the throttle was stuck wide open, putting an end to my race. It's disappointing because the Mi-Jack Conquest Team provided me with a great car and I really wanted to have a strong race. I hope we can go to Mexico and get the bad luck out of the way."