Miami: Team Rahal race notes

Patrick takes second at Miami Fogarty claims another fourth MIAMI - Team Rahal's Danica Patrick finished a season best second and her teammate Jon Fogarty finished fourth in Sunday's Argent Mortgage 100k on the downtown streets of Miami. The...

Patrick takes second at Miami Fogarty claims another fourth

MIAMI - Team Rahal's Danica Patrick finished a season best second and her teammate Jon Fogarty finished fourth in Sunday's Argent Mortgage 100k on the downtown streets of Miami. The race marked the second straight event that both Team Rahal cars finished in the top-five and Patrick ended the season the same way she began, on the podium. Patrick started fifth in the Argent Mortgage Company car, but she took second on the start moving past Fogarty and ahead of Ryan Dalziel after pole sitter A.J. Allmendinger was forced to pit prior to the green flag with mechanical troubles. After claiming the position, Patrick drove a flawless race to bring home her second podium of the season and her best Atlantic career finish.

"This feels awesome and it is a great way to finish the season and it shows how far this team has come," said Patrick after the race. "We started on a high note with the podium at Monterrey and we ended with a podium here at Miami, but the real story and substance of the season is everything that happened in between. Over the last few races we have been consistently in the top-five. I think we have really jelled together as a team and certainly the two car program and the addition of Jon really helped. It is almost a shame the season has to end because we are really hitting our stride. The challenge before us now is to keep this momentum and build on it for next season." Jon Fogarty in the Norwalk car was second quick in the morning warm-up, but he lost ground on the start when he was caught behind Dalziel and fell to sixth. Fogarty fought back to fourth bringing home his second top-four result in his two-race stint with Team Rahal. "I was really optimistic going into the race, but we got caught behind Dalziel on the start and I lost a couple of spots," said Fogarty. "The field is so even that it is hard to make up any kind of deficit. Even if you are running a tenth or two-tenths faster it takes a lot of laps to close the gap. I am pretty happy with how we did in the two races. I think I shook off some of the rust off and I think having a second car was beneficial to the program."

"It was a great opportunity for me and I just want to thank Norwalk Furniture, Argent Mortgage Bobby Rahal and everyone at Team Rahal." Michael Valiante started third took the lead on the start and led all 55 laps en route to his third win of the season. Despite the win Valiante was unable to catch Ryan Dalziel for second in the championship behind 2003 champion A.J. Allmendinger. The season ended with Patrick finishing sixth in the championship edging out Joey Hand by a single point (109-108) for the position."

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Bobby Rahal , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Joey Hand , A.J. Allmendinger , Danica Patrick