Rahal Collected in Incident at New Hampshire, Finishes 26th
LOUDON, N.H (August 14, 2011) – Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR) driver Graham Rahal finished 26th in the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225.
Rahal arrived at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time along with the rest of the current IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, after the schedule saw a 13-year hiatus from the 1.058-mile oval. The No. 38 Service Central car immediately showed strength on the New Hampshire track after dominating the practice sessions throughout the weekend. Fate took a turn during qualifying when Rahal lost momentum after saving the No. 38 from spinning and hitting the wall, which resulted in a 23rd-place starting position.
Rahal, who has advanced at total of 60 positions this season, was feeling confident he would quickly make his way to the front of the field when the green flag flew on Sunday for the 225-lap race. Before the first lap was complete, a car spun and collected Rahal, which caused severe damage to the No. 38 Service Central car and ended the day for the Service Central team. The incident resulted in a 26th-place finish for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing.
With the finish, Rahal moves to ninth in the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings, 203 markers behind leader Dario Franchitti.
Up next for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing is the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, August 28, 2011 (4:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS).
Graham Rahal: "We were hopeless. The spotter told me to go low to dodge the incident with (Mike) Conway and I couldn’t see anything but smoke. This is just bad luck and it is very frustrating for the Service Central team. We dominated here all weekend in the No. 38 Service Central car and to leave here empty handed is just terrible. We were never outside of the top three except for qualifying and I felt great this morning during the warm-up session. I thought we would be able to march through because I had a strong start and I was just trying to stay out of trouble."