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Rahal Finishes 24th after Early Contact at Long Beach

Tuesday April 17, 2012


Results (with starting pos.) from Long Beach
1. (12) Will Power, No. 12 Chevrolet
2. (4) Simon Pagenaud, No. 77 Honda
3. (16) James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 Chevrolet
24. (8) Graham Rahal, No.38 Service Central Honda
Rahal Finishes 24th after Early Contact at Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 15, 2012)  Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR) driver Graham Rahal finished 24th in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach.  The result marked the first race of the IZOD IndyCar Series season that the No.38 team did not complete.
Rahal started the 85-lap race from eighth and retired from the event early after having contact on lap 23 of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit.  Rahal was hit from behind by Marco Andretti in the right rear as the two battled for position.  Overall, the race was slowed by three caution periods totaling 12 laps.
With the result, Rahal is now eighth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 62 markers, -65 points behind leader Will Power.
Up next, Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in the Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the Streets of Sao Paulo on Sunday, April, 29 (12:00PM ET, NBC Sports Network).
SSCGR Quoteboard
Graham Rahal:  “It’s frustrating, I think for everybody, because the Service Central Honda felt really good.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The car felt really strong in the morning warm-up session.  It’s just a little disappointing to finish out this way.”
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include four in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Overall his teams have 14 championships and 145 victories, including three Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.      
For more information log onto chipganassiracing.com

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