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RAHAL BEATING THE ODDS WITH ONE-CAR TEAM

Having a single-car team in the Verizon IndyCar Series can be a difficult task, especially when three organizations comprised 12 of the 25 cars that competed in Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

While Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport making up the bulk of the field, Graham Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has held its own against those powerhouses, especially in the last two races.

Rahal has recorded back-to-back runner-up finishes – the first coming at the Grand Prix of Louisiana and the latter in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis – to vault him into fifth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. The Penske trio of Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Helio Castroneves, respectively, and Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon stand in front of him as they prepare for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24.

All four of his competitors are utilizing the dominant power of Chevrolet, which has won four of the five races, while Rahal continues to excel for series engine manufacturer rival Honda. However, horsepower is not the primary concern of this one-car operation, but rather the amount of information available to him and his engineers for set-ups.

“It’s very hard because of data,” Rahal said. “Other teams have four or five times the amount of data we do. So, you’re fighting against the best, and that’s pretty tough, but we’re going to have two cars in the (Indianapolis) 500 and hopefully we can have a good run of it.”

Indy-car veteran Oriol Servia will be in the second RLL entry for the Indianapolis 500. He ran four races last season for team, which included an 11th-place finish in the Indy 500. This will be the seventh Indy 500 appearance for Servia, who finished a career-best fourth in 2012 while driving for Dreyer & Reinbold.  Servia has 195 starts in CART, Champ Car and the Verizon IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000.

That should help Rahal as he and his team continues the oval portion of the schedule when the series returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone 600 on Saturday, June 6.

“We had a good run there a couple of years ago, I should have won the thing, finished second and that was pretty frustrating,” said Rahal, referring to his runner-up finish to Justin Wilson in 2012. “I hope we can have a really good run of it and put on a good show for the fans, because I think the Indy-car race there has got to be the most exciting race that you see and I think the racing’s gotten better, better and better.”

Tickets for the Firestone 600 are on sale at www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the TMS ticket office at 817.215.8500.

 

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