BALTIMORE, Md. (September 3, 2012) – Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR) driver Graham Rahal finished 11th in the Baltimore Grand Prix on the Streets of Baltimore. The result came in his 91st IZOD IndyCar Series career start and second at Baltimore.
The No. 38 Service Central Honda started the 75-lap race from 21st position after making contact with the front straight chicane in round one of Saturday’s qualifying session. After a total of three caution periods within the first 20 laps of the race around the 2.4-mile, 13-turn street course, Rahal worked his way up to sixth position. By lap 25 the Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team had gained a total of 19 positions, taking the car to second position and holding that position for a total of eight laps before a fifth caution would cause the team to drop to ninth. Under this caution, the No. 38 suffered a mechanical failure which caused Rahal to slow and six cars to pass. The No. 38 would return to ninth but were assessed a drive-thru penalty for passing under caution when attempting to return to ninth position. After the penalty Rahal would battle his way back up the field until he was collected in a five-car collision in turn four on lap 70 under the ninth and final caution of the race. In the remaining five laps, the Service Central team moved from 13th position to 11th where they would eventually cross the finish line.
With the result, Rahal remains in 10th position in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 305 markers, -148 points behind points leader Will Power.
Graham Rahal: “Obviously, we’re pretty bummed out about the result. Really, 11th isn’t bad but we were in a position to win this race and the engine shut off under yellow, we lost a junction box and we lost overtake and our pit lane speed limiter. We lost a lot. I’m pretty upset that we worked that hard and didn’t get a better result.”
Source: Chip Ganassi Racing