RAHAL - Indy 500 Notes
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – May 26, 2019
SATO FINISHED THIRD IN THE INDY 500: RAHAL AND KING ENCOUNTERED DIFFERENT PROBLEMS
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I just got a killer run, and I was lifting to just manage my gap. You pull out, and you get to this point, and you can see him squeezing me inside, turns into me, and there is nothing you can do. As all of us know, with 20 to go, 22 to go, it’s the time. You have to give every opportunity to go for it. I think Sebastien (Bourdais) knows that, which is probably why he hasn’t said much to me. But, yeah, it was disappointing. The United Rentals car was just heating up. It seemed like Alex (Rossi) and I were the only two who were really able to pass there at the end. I was feeling good about things. Hadn’t changed much, just trying to march to the front. I’m just very disappointed. It’s another year you get to sit and think about this. I respect Sebastien a lot. I don’t respect that move. I do respect him as a driver tremendously, and I’m sure he feels the same right now. At those speeds, that’s how you kill somebody. And I’m just not a fan of squeezing people and putting people in those positions. It’s not necessary.”
TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was an amazing job from the team really, once we went laps down, I know the Indy 500 can be a miracle, but after that there was a long period of no yellows. I think we spent more than 100 laps to get back on the lead lap, but you know we just put our head down and did the job. Just brilliant strategy, I feel, and we got back to the lead lap. But before that, huge congratulations to Simon. What a big win as an outstanding performance winning the GP and everything. Alex and I tried everything we’ve got. If you have the last seven laps, we were just all over the place. Power sliding, we were just, I don't know, we had a lot of understeer. It was a great battle but just a shame we were not quite there yet. Huge credit to the team. What a comeback after being a lap down."
JORDAN KING, No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m thinking about Chachi (Chris Minot) obviously. I’m really disappointed in myself for the team, really for everybody. I think we had a pretty strong car. We were looking quite strong and making progress and looking at how the race finished, I think we could've been in the top 10, so that's quite hard to swallow. First bit of call is to check that everything's okay at the hospital. It’s not good, it's not what you want to do (injure a crewman). It's not. I don't even know what to say. I'm really disappointed in myself and for everyone involved. We could have had a good race but didn't, so that's that."
TEAM STATEMENT ON CHRIS “CHACHI” MINOT’S CONDITION FOLLOWING THE PIT LANE ACCIDENT: “We were relieved to hear that Chris was in good spirits before surgery on his left leg. He will be held overnight at IU Health Methodist Hospital. He has been a member of this team for almost 10 years and is a big asset. We have no doubt that he will come back stronger.”
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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:47 PM, 05.27.2019