Rahal enjoys strong weekend with two P4s at Mid-Ohio

Graham Rahal continued his strong start to the IndyCar season after securing successive P4 finishes at Mid-Ohio’s Honda Indy 2000.

Having challenged for a podium during Saturday’s opening race 1, Rahal was straight back at it, this time in chaotic wet conditions that caught out many drivers. But Rahal kept his cool to avoid a multi-car crash set off by Santino Ferruccci on the opening lap, and also battled with a loose helmet pad.

And, after a race restart caused by Rookie Dalton Kellett’s spin and his final stop, Rahal found himself reeling in Ryan Hunter-Reay but just couldn’t get past by the chequered flag, finishing 0.6s behind, almost exactly the margin he finished behind Alexander Rossi on Saturday.

“The Fifth Third Bank car was strong today,” said Rahal. “We were able to pass a few guys on the second stint but didn’t feel great on those reds towards the end. I was struggling a little bit and I think that hurt us. I think we had more pace than those guys (top-three) but the track position was hard. All in all, I thought our strategy was good, the pit stops were good and the Fifth Third Bank car was good.

“Two fourth-place finishes here is not too bad. We would have liked to gain a little more points on the guys ahead but we’ll take it. I think we closed the gap to some. That was as physical of a weekend as you are going to have.  Congrats to Colton (Herta) on a great run. This weekend we raised $7500 for Turns for Troops with United Rentals so that’s another thing to be happy about.”

Following his fourth place finish in both Mid-Ohio races, Rahal climbs from seventh to sixth in the series standings with a total of 301 points.

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