Rahal labored his option to the entrance from 18th at the beginning because of some spectacular gasoline saving, which allowed him to get a style of the race lead on two events.
However pitting from the lead on lap 118, Rahal left the pits with out his left rear tyre correctly hooked up to his automotive.
Rahal spun on the warmup lane as his wheel rolled off, sending him into the Flip 2 wall. The wheel bounced off the wall and got here down on the nostril of Conor Daly’s Ed Carpenter Racing automotive – inflicting simply sufficient harm to take Daly out of competition.
Regardless of rejoining the race with 82 laps to go Rahal was adamant he would have been capable of make it to the top of the 200-lap race on yet another cease and was satisfied he had the technique to win the race.
” I actually assume we had them in the present day, I actually do,” Rahal mentioned. “We had been good on yet another cease and all people else wanted two.
“I can’t let you know how unhealthy this one stings, however we win as a crew, we lose as a crew.
“From a technique standpoint we saved the gasoline, we had been kicking their butts on the gasoline save, we had been wanting actually good on the finish to possibly even do only one extra cease.
“I do know there is a lengthy option to go however the gasoline numbers we had been getting; we really quick pitted the final time and will have gone a little bit bit additional however these day.
“These [Indy 500s] do not come round fairly often. Positively in the present day I assumed we had ’em.”
Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
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Final yr’s winner Takuma Sato additionally banked on a late warning interval in a remarkably clear race, which stayed inexperienced till the end after Rahal’s incident, turning into the quickest Indy 500 in historical past. Thus, the dearth of yellows meant Sato’s daring gasoline technique did not repay.
Realising the Japanese veteran wasn’t going to make it on gasoline, RLL introduced Sato in for a late splash of gasoline, which dropped him from the result in his ending place of 14th.
“Initially, large congratulations to Helio Castroneves; that’s a residing legend, profitable 4 instances,” the two-time winner mentioned.”
“The race was bitter and bitter for us. It was actually a tricky choice to undergo the ultimate stint to save lots of the gasoline. We needed to depend on a miracle for a yellow, which didn’t occur.
“Earlier than that we had been P6-P7, really simply behind Helio. The crew tried actually exhausting to tug off the win however in the present day wasn’t the day.”
Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s greatest consequence got here from its one-off entry with Santino Ferrucci, ending a robust sixth after a protracted comeback race.
Ferrucci was one in all a number of drivers who needed to make an emergency pitstop operating out of gasoline through the first yellow, however the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the yr step by step labored his manner as much as end sixth, a brief distance behind the main group.
Ferrucci praised his crew for an “unimaginable race” however mentioned he ran out of laps to maneuver up even additional .
“It feels unimaginable. We had an amazing race,” mentioned Ferrucci, who left a full-time IndyCar seat to race within the NASCAR Xfinity Collection in 2021.
“We had been actually fast, we simply couldn’t get fortunate on the begins and restarts. Technique performed a giant half on this race, and we had been capable of save sufficient gasoline to run as exhausting as we may on the finish there.
“We had been slowly reeling within the lead group, simply wanted a number of extra laps.”
Ferrucci has now completed seventh, fourth and sixth in his first three Indy 500s.