Jakes and Rahal finished 17th and 18th Sunday in Houston
“It was a tough afternoon"
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 bluCigs Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “On the first lap we got hit by Simona and that pretty much set the tone for the rest of the day. It was going to be very hard to get a lap back on this track and unfortunately I spun and hurt the rear wing a little later. It’s a shame because the car was really, really fast. I’m not sure we had a 59.5 lap like some of the leaders -- I haven’t seen their times -- but we certainly could have run the 59’s. It’s a shame because the car was very good. I think if we had been up front, we probably could have stayed there but unfortunately this is what we get for being where we are in the championship. But most of all, I hope Dario and all those guys are okay because that (crash) was scary.”
Qualifying for Race 2 was cancelled this morning due to standing water on the course so the field was set by Entrant Points and James started the race 20th. Once the race started, Jakes moved up as high as fourth but the timing of a stop under caution dropped him a lap down and he ultimately finished 17th. 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 2nd at Detroit Dual 2 and best finish is also 2nd in Detroit’s Dual 2 … Jakes has 285 points.
The series will take next weekend off and reconvene for the MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway October 19. RLL has earned one win (Vasser 2002), four podiums and led 400 laps at the track. Last year, Rahal qualified 11th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing, started 18th after grid penalties were assessed and finished sixth. Jakes qualified 24th, started 12th after grid penalties were assessed and finished 12th with Dale Coyne Racing.
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