“It was a tough afternoon"
Jakes finished 12th in race 1 at Toronto; Rahal finished 20th after "avoidable contact" from Vautier
Missing in action today was Race Director Beaux Barfield as he had to take time off for personal reasons.
Five podiums and one pole for RLL Racing over the years they have challenged the street circuit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Their two drivers would like to add to that tally.
James Jakes is tied for 14th in series standings with 148 points and Graham Rahal is ranked 18th in series standings with 135 points.
Sebastien Bourdais, James Jakes and Sebastian Saavedra handed penalties after action in Detroit.
James Jake teammate Graham Rahal finished ninth.
Pagenaud is the sixth different winner in seven races this season (Hinchcliffe, Hunter-Reay, Sato, Kanaan, Conway, Pagenaud).
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver James Jack earned his best series qualifying position of second place, teammate Bobby Rahal will start 15th in the race on Sunday.
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“It is not an easy golf course,” stated Jeffrey C. Williams.
Toyota GP of Long Beach event, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing added a third IndyCar for Mike Conway. Team also has their two BMWs ready to contest the American Le Mans Series race; giving them a total of five racing machines at the venue.
Graham Rahal dropped from 12th to 21st after running out of fuel on the final lap of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama; James Jakes finished 23rd after problems.
Jakes set the 12th fastest lap time to earn his best starting position at this track.
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James Jakes was scheduled to test on an oval circuit too, but RLL team elected to reschedule for mid April.
Jakes will pilot a second RLL Honda powered Dallara for the full season with Acorn Stairlifts as the primary sponsor.
Jakes maneuvered through the stopped cars to pick up positions.