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 @FifthThird car was strong. Two P4’s this weekend.” — @GrahamRahal
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— Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (@RLLracing) September 13, 2020
“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.