LATE RACE INCIDENT PUTS AN END TO RAHAL'S DAY IN LONG BEACH Graham Rahal Finishes 22nd In Today's Race LONG BEACH, CA. (April 18, 2010)-Sarah Fisher Racing's (SFR) Graham Rahal finished in the 22nd position in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long ...
LATE RACE INCIDENT PUTS AN END TO RAHAL'S DAY IN LONG BEACH
Graham Rahal Finishes 22nd In Today's Race
LONG BEACH, CA. (April 18, 2010)-Sarah Fisher Racing's (SFR) Graham Rahal finished in the 22nd position in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, after a late race incident involving Rahal and fellow IZOD IndyCar® Series driver Mario Romancini. It was apparent that Romancini missed his braking point; therefore eliminating Rahal from the 85 lap race. It was a frustrating day all around for Rahal and the SFR crew, as they were experiencing radio issues and an overall lack of grip on track. The weekend was a challenging one on the 11-turn, 1.97 mile street circuit for the growing team, but they never gave up the battle.
The race day started with a morning practice session for all drivers. Rahal posted a time of 01:11.7763, good enough for 19th place on the speed charts, less than a second off the fastest cars in practice; however, he was still struggling with understeer and the car did not seem to be reacting to any changes made. As the day progressed, the SFR crew worked to stabilize the Dollar General machine. Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was fastest during the morning session, clocking a time of 01:10.6794.
"Today was just a frustrating end to a frustrating weekend to be honest," said Rahal. "For us to finish off that way and get hit by Romancini is very disappointing and really frustrating. The guys have worked so hard, and to send the car home in pieces is the worst feeling we can have. Unfortunately, today was out a little bit out of our hands. It is incredibly frustrating, but hopefully we'll go back to the shop and figure out our struggles and move on from there."
Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay took the checkered flag, followed closely by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Justin Wilson.
The IZOD IndyCar® Series returns May 1 for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway, which will be the 5th race of the 17-race 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season. SFR drivers Sarah Fisher and Jay Howard will open the oval part of the season for the team at this venue.