Sato shows them how it’s done down south

Takuma Sato and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing had it all together this weekend with a pole position start and a dominant race performance this weekend at the Barber Motorsports Park.

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Sato shows them how it’s done down south
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IndyCar traveled down south this weekend for running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. After qualifying was wrapped up people could not stop talking about Penske's performance with the top penske qualifier coming from Will Power with a 7th place start. We live in era where a best of 7th place qualifying for Penske is considered Blasphemy. Almost reminds me of back in 1995 when they failed to qualify for the Indy 500. If you do not know about it, look it up on google or youtube, it was probably the biggest story of the event even over the winner. 

 The same cannot be said about Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, with both drivers Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato grabbing 1st and 2nd place on the starting grid. 

 Takuma Sato started the race on pole and just ran away with the lead. Early on in the race Colton Herta, who is coming off of his first IndyCar victory in Austin, Texas struggled with engine problems forcing him to go behind the wall and result in a 24th place finish. 

 Graham Rahal would also see trouble as his car would just see the engine and electronics just go black on him and end his day with him watching his teammate lead out front. 

  Just as the caution was about to come out Tony Kanaan and Max Chilton would get together coming into pit road causing Chilton to pancake his Chevrolet into the tire barriers and seeing his day unfortunely come to an end. 

  One of penske cars that did recover from the slump in qualifying was Josef Newgarden. He and strategiest Tim Cindric opted for alternate pit strategy after only qualifying 16th. The strategy would pay off as Newgarden was able to race his way through the field and with the way cautions flew was able to take advantage of restarts and pass cars all the way up to 4th place giving him the best finish out of all the Penske cars. 

 Not much can be said about Takuma Sato other than he drove a polished race and was able to pick up his fourth career win, second with RLL Racing and first of 2019. 2nd place was Scott Dixon and 3rd was Sebastien Bourdais. 

 The IndyCars are looking forward to running next week on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. where Alexander Rossi will return as the defending race champion and would love to defend his crown. You can catch all the action on NBC Sports and the NBC Gold pass.

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