Texas Motor Speedway
Rahal Finishes Ninth, 30th In Texas Doubleheader
Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR) driver Graham Rahal completed his first doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 11, 2011 finishing ninth and 30th, respectively.
Rahal started 20th in the first of the 114-lap two-race event marking his third start on the 1.5-mile oval and 65th start of his IZOD IndyCar Series career. The No. 38 Service Central Honda found a comfortable groove on the superspeedway and battled its way to the top-10 before the halfway point. Rahal crossed the finish line for the first duel in ninth-place.
The Firestone Twin 275s halftime show highlighted a random draw to determine the starting grid for the second duel which put Rahal fourth in the line-up.
Rahal took the green flag for the final 114-lap sprint and would maintain a top-10 run for the first 100 laps. The No. 38 car came in for its last pit stop of the night and encountered a fuel-related issue leaving the Service Central team unable to restart the engine and ended their run resulting in a 30th-place finish.
With the finishes, Rahal moves from sixth to seventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings.
Graham Rahal: “I was very happy with the first race results. To work from starting 20th to finish in the top-10, it felt pretty good. I was very happy with that and thought Lady Luck was on our side after our random draw to start fourth in the second race. We ran a great race and ran right where we felt we needed to. I would’ve liked to have ran up front when I caught the front pack but I couldn’t quiet do anything with it. The Service Central team did a great job in the pits all day and I’m really proud of them. They stuck with us all weekend when we were really struggling and for us to perform the way we did tonight felt really good. I’m really not sure what happened there at the end of the second race with the fuel pump but the car shut off right when the fuel light came on, which is something it’s never done before, then the car wouldn’t restart when it had fuel. I’m just really proud of these Service Central guys. It hurts us in the championship run as we were looking to gain some good points tonight. Unfortunately, it just slipped away from us.”