GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The Midas / Big O Tires car feels pretty good. I’m pleased with where we’re at – handling wise. In traffic, it felt pretty comfortable. We will keep working at it. I don’t think we’re far off at all. Now it’s just a matter of going racing in the biggest race of the year.”
He qualified fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st. In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qualified seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish.
He qualified 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps. In 2012, he qualified 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… This is Rahal’s first full season at RLL, sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series and seventh in a top open wheel racing series (CCWS 2007)...
His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th -- also in Long Beach… He is 14th in the series point standings with 74.
JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We’ve got a great car. The Acorn Stairlifts car has been good all through the latter part of the testing week here and we’re excited about the race. I’d be happy to go out and race right now to be honest. We’ll see what happens on race day.
The Honda guys have been back in the shop last week working very hard. We’ve worked hard since we got here and now there are no more setup changes needed. We knew that going in. We may make a slight adjustment here and there but nothing big.”
FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here and he will start 20th in 2013. He qualified 17th and finished 15th in 2012. In 2011, he attempted to qualify but the car was not fast enough. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… Jakes is competing in his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL.
In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011-2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 11th at Barber and best finish is 12th at Long Beach although he had the potential to finish higher in each race… Is ranked 22nd in series standings with 53 points.
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