PLYMOUTH, Wis – Graham Rahal is open about how much of a favorite track that Road America is for him. Rahal, has never finished worse than eighth in three prior career NTT IndyCar Series starts on the 4.014-mile road course.
After Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, his worst finish is still eighth (2017). Rahal, brought his No. 15 Honda home fourth in Sunday’s 55 Lap race for his 52nd career top five finish in the series and 102nd top 10.
“It was definitely a 100 percent effort all day racing with Josef (Newgarden) and Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) there for a little while, and Colton (Herta) on the new reds (Firestone alternate tires) at the finish,” said Rahal on his day.” Just trying to keep those guys behind you is pretty tough. Our GEHL car was pretty strong today. We’re happy with fourth, but would have liked to be on the podium and thought we could be there for a while. I messed up on one of my out laps and it cost me a little bit of time. Our guys did a great job in the pits.”
It was also his fourth straight top 10 finish on the season and sixth top 10 in his last seven starts on the season. If not for an issue at Barber after he started second and being caught up in a crash late in the Indianapolis 500, Rahal would have scored a top 10 finish in all but one race in 2019.
This has actually been a really good season for him despite not reaching victory lane yet. He only has one podium (Texas) but has been getting better and better as the season has gone on.
The same could be said about this weekend too.
Rahal, didn’t start off with the best of cars. He was only 21st quickest in the opening practice on Friday. He ended up sixth in session No. 2 but fell to 16th in Saturday morning’s session after going off course towards the end.
His Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing team made some updates to his car between practice and qualifying and wouldn’t you know, both he and his teammate Takuma Sato made the Firestone Fast Six. Rahal, would turn that into a solid top five.