CGR's Graham Rahal looks forward to Loudon race

Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing

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

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Team Manager Mitch Davis on New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “We’re excited to get the No. 38 Service Central car and the No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen car back on an oval and for the first time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We haven’t ran an oval in a little over a month, but Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing and Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing have been making a lot progress on road courses. Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball both love the one-mile oval style of racing, so we’re looking forward to having great results at the “Magic Mile”. We’re well prepared this weekend even though we only had a one-day turn around. It’s going to be a great event.”

Graham Rahal and the No. 38 Service Central Team

Making his Mark: Rahal will turn his first-ever laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend and is seeking to add to his family’s legacy at the “Magic Mile” after his father, Bobby Rahal, won the first Indy car race on the one-mile oval in 1992.

Rahal on New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “I’m really looking forward to racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. It’s exciting for me because Dad won the very first CART race there. The mile-long tracks have been good to me in the past, so this race comes at a good time to turn my luck around. I feel the “Magic Mile” will definitely provide an opportunity for the Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team to gain points and move up in the championship. I’ve been anticipating the race at this track all season because there is so much Indy car history and it’s new to many of us. Most of the current IZOD IndyCar Series drivers have never raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but we’ve been pushing for it because we know it will be exciting. It’s different than Milwaukee because it’s slightly banked. We’re aiming to have a great result in the No. 38 Service Central/NTB car.”

Success on an Oval: Rahal has scored 14 top-10 finishes and seven top-five finishes on ovals in his IZOD IndyCar Series career.

Did you know?: With a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Rahal would capture his first-ever career win on a oval. He became the youngest winner in Indy car racing history at 19 years, three months and two days when he took the checkered flag on the Streets of St. Petersburg in 2008.

In the Points: Rahal holds eighth-place in the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings, 198 markers behind overall leader Dario Franchitti.

Mid-Ohio Recap: Rahal maintained his sixth-place starting position throughout the first stint, but encountered trouble during his first pit stop when the No. 38 Service Central car was held up exiting the pit box in an effort to dodge a pit road melee and lost 15 positions, joining the field in 21st-place. Rahal was closing in on the top-15 when he made contact with another car while passing for position, causing the No. 38 Service Central car to spin and go two laps down. The incident resulted in a 24th-place finish for the Service Central team.

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