Monday July 23, 2012
Results (with starting pos.) from Edmonton
1. (5) Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Chevrolet
2. (3) Takuma Sato, No. 15 Honda
3. (17) Will Power, No. 12 Chevrolet
4. (8) Graham Rahal, No.38 Service Central Honda
Rahal Scores Third Top-5 Finish of the Season at Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta (July 23, 2012) – Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR) driver Graham Rahal finished fourth in the Edmonton Indy at Edmonton City Centre Airport. The result marked the 19th top-five finish of his IZOD IndyCar Series career and his third top-five through 11 rounds of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Rahal started the 75-lap race from the fourth row in eighth position. The event went green without a single caution period which caused the Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team to make its impact through pit stops. Pitting from fifth in his second of two pit stops, Rahal spent two laps out of the top-five before regaining the position. In the final 17 laps he would battle Will Power for a podium spot where he would eventually take fourth and just miss his second podium of the season. The No. 38 would spend more than half of the 2.25-mile, 13-turn race in the top-five.
With the result, Rahal moved from 11th to 10th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 237 markers, -125 points behind points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Honda remains second in the manufacturer point standings with 75 points, -15 back to Chevrolet with 90. Lotus remains third with 44 points.
Up next, Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, August 5 (1:00pm ET on ABC).
- Rahal held a top-five position for 41 laps
- Rahal finished in the top-five for the 19th time in 88 career starts
- Rahal tied his road/street course best finish of the season of fourth (Birmingham)
- Rahal’s finish of fourth marks the fifth top-10 of his 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season (Birmingham, Fort Worth, Milwaukee and Iowa)
- The last caution-free Indy car race on a street/road course was Portland in 2007 under Champ Car sanction
Graham Rahal: “It was a really good day. I’m really proud of the whole Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team. We worked really hard this weekend. We started the weekend off hot but we kind of fell off there a little bit and ended up finishing off hot. At this point in the season to get a top-five and gain some points is really important, and that’s what we want to do. The points are tight, so this finish means a lot to us and I’m really proud of our guys.”
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.
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 148 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four Rolex 24 At Daytonas. 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.
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Beth Lunkenheimer.
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