CGR's Graham Rahal preview

Long Beach

Managing Director Mike Hull on Long Beach: “The Long Beach Grand Prix has enormous Open Wheel equity – the winners of this race in F1, CART, and IndyCar represent the very best. The locals refer to it as the “race.” For us, it’s a Big Race to Win. All of our people are very energized to be recognized in Long Beach. Over the years, the race track configuration has been changed to match the downtown planners aggressive growth, but the common denominator continues to be curbs, concrete, and uneven surface. It truly represents a technical driver who finds the quickest route. Watch closely, as it isn’t always conventional.”

Graham Rahal, Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing
Graham Rahal, Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing

Photo by: Glenn F. Katauskas

Graham Rahal and the No. 38 Service Central Team

Rahal on Long Beach: “The Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team is headed off to the West Coast which is Big O Tires country, so that’s what we’ll have on the No. 38 Service Central car. I think Long Beach will be a great event for us. We're going to have a lot of guests there, so we will be looking to get some good points and put on a great show for them. Even with the first two races not turning out as we’d hoped, we’re feeling pretty good. We've shown we have the speed and now we want to get rolling at Long Beach and start to turn things around.”

Road/Street Stats: With 36 starts on a road/street course, Rahal has one win, three top-fives, and seven top-10s. Rahal has one pole on a road/street course which came in 2009 at St. Petersburg where he finished seventh.

Winning Combination: Tim Keene will call the shots for the No. 38 Service Central team in Long Beach. Keene is the Team Manager and Race Strategist for the four-time GRAND-AM Rolex Series No.01 TELMEX Dinan-prepared BMW/Riley with TELMEX

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