AUSTIN, TX – Graham Rahal told everyone that he thought he had a great race car that could contend for the win in Sunday’s IndyCar Classic. See, he told us that before the weekend even began.
Rahal, was confident is his abilities and knew just how strong of a car that he had in the two-day test at the Circuit of the Americas back in February. After three practice sessions and qualifying this weekend on the 3.427-mile Texas road course, I wrote how not only the second generation driver would be strong, but how RLL in general would be the team to beat not of Andretti, Penske or Ganassi.
They backed that up.
Rahal, was racy all day and brought his No. 15 Honda home fourth in Sunday’s second race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. His teammate Takuma Sato started off 14th and would bring his No. 30 Honda home seventh for the seventh Dual top 10 finish for the organization since the start of last season.
It’s also a strong start to the year for Rahal who wanted to be a championship contender in 2019. Bringing on a second car last year was supposed to be bring them closer to the Penske and Ganassi’s in terms of championship chances.
See, when it was just Rahal, a single car could only gain so much data. They turned the corner from 2015 but didn’t gain much from that in 2016 and again in 2017. They kind of stalled out. They needed more. So, back came a second full time entrant in 2018 and in came Sato to help Rahal and RLL be more consistent up front.
After two races in 2019, it’s working.
Sato, won the penultimate race of 2018 in Portland and here both cars leave COTA with top seven results.