Graham Rahal’s impressive 2021 IndyCar season continued after the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver finished third at the Texas Motor Speedway.
It is a circuit that Rahal has a liking for, having won a classic in 2016 that still stands as the closest finish in TMS history at 0.0080 of a second.
2 for 2 in top-fives this weekend to be fifth in @IndyCar points.
— Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (@RLLracing) May 3, 2021
The latest running was more of a tactical affair, Rahal holding ninth after a multiple opening lap crash meant that the first 18 laps were run under caution. After the first round of pit stops, he passed Will Power for sixth on Lap 115.
When Jack Harvey brought out a further caution on Lap 117, good work by the Rahal Letterman Lanigan crew saw him return to the track in third and briefly led the race for 13 laps when he passed Pato O’Ward on lap 140.
Following a further stop and caution Rahal dropped to sixth but made his way back to third on lap 211 and held that place until the chequered flag for a fourth top-three finish at TMS.
“A great weekend comes to a close for us here in Texas,” commented Rahal in his team’s post race release. “We got two top-five’s for the Fleet Cost and Care boys. We did a great job battling; we got to lead there for a minute today but we just got a little too loose in the end there to go battle Pato and Josef, but in general it was a great weekend; a good points weekend.”
Rahal’s latest podium means that he jumps from 9th to 5th in the latest series standings with 107 points to his name.
“Man, St. Pete stings a little more now but we are going to keep our heads down and keep working hard. Good job by Honda, that engine, she’s seen her last moments (engine change). She got us to this point with good reliability. On to the next one!”
Checkered flag for the #XPEL375
— Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (@RLLracing) May 2, 2021