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2012 Fontana: Graham Rahal IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Sep 12, 2012 - 08:47 PM
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2012 Fontana: Graham Rahal IndyCar Race Preview


NOTES/NEWS

Follow CGR on Twitter: Follow @CGRTeams for official updates from Chip Ganassi Racing’s IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball.

 

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Team Manager John Cummiskey on Fontana: “The whole Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team is looking forward to Fontana. The new car should race well with the aero-package. The test should finalize this and give everyone some time to work on set up. It’s the last race of the season so we will need a good result to finish in the top-10 in points.”

Back on Track: The two-mile oval at Fontana plays host to the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time since 2005 and under the lights for the first time in history. There have been four IZOD IndyCar Series races conducted at the venue that opened in 1997 and six CART races held from 1997-2002.

150 Wins for CGR: TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve August 19, marking the 150th victory for Chip Ganassi Racing across all series in which they compete. Chip Ganassi Racing’s first win came from Indy car driver Michael Andretti at Surfers Paradise Australia in 1994.

Now that’s Teamwork: Since their introduction into the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2011, the Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing teams have a combined total of 62 starts. In that time, they have scored five podiums, eight top-fives, 19 top-10s and led 60 laps.

There’s an App for that: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing. The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT. The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – NSCS, IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.

GRAHAM RAHAL AND THE NO. 38 SERVICE CENTRAL TEAM

Follow Graham on Twitter: Follow @grahamrahal for updates as the driver of the No. 38 Service Central Honda completes his second season with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Season Tally: The No. 38 Service Central has finished in the top-10 in six of a total 14 rounds this season (Birmingham, Fort Worth, Milwaukee, Iowa, Edmonton and Sonoma). For the season thus far, Rahal has one podium, led 28 laps and has an average start of 12.0 and average finish of 11.6.

Oval Stats: The driver of the No. 38 Service Central Honda has made 29 starts on oval tracks in his IZOD IndyCar career. He has four podiums, one pole and led 44 laps.

The Full Package: Auto Club Speedway is offering a special Graham Rahal Foundation ticket package at the season-ending race in Fontana, California. The package includes a MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships ticket, pit and paddock pass and features a special Q&A with Rahal prior to the race. Five dollars of each package purchased will be donated directly to the Graham Rahal Foundation in aid of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Baltimore Recap: Rahal finished 11th in the Baltimore Grand Prix on the Streets of Baltimore. The result came in his 91st IZOD IndyCar Series career start and second at Baltimore. The No. 38 Service Central Honda started the 75-lap race from 21st position after making contact with the front straight chicane in round one of qualifying. After a total of three caution periods within the first 20 laps of the race around the 2.4-mile, 13-turn street course, Rahal worked his way up to sixth position. By lap 25 the Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team had gained a total of 19 positions, taking the car to second position and holding that position for a total of eight laps before a fifth caution would cause the team to drop to ninth. Under this caution, the No. 38 suffered a mechanical failure which caused Rahal to slow and six cars to pass. The No. 38 would return to ninth but were assessed a drive-thru penalty for passing under caution when attempting to return to ninth position. After the penalty Rahal would battle his way back up the field until he was collected in a five-car collision in turn four on lap 70 under the ninth and final caution of the race. In the remaining five laps, the Service Central team moved from 13th position to 11th where they would eventually cross the finish line.

In the Points: Following Baltimore, Rahal remained in 10th position in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 305 markers, -148 points behind points leader Will Power.

Rahal on Fontana: “I'm looking forward to getting to Fontana and seeing the challenges the track presents. We tested there in the spring, so it's been quite some time since we've really run on an oval like this. I feel we should certainly be strong, and I hope that the whole Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team can end this season on a high note. I’m looking forward to getting out there and getting going!”

TEAM ROSTERS

John Cummiskey – Team Manger

No. 38 (IndyCar)
Crew Chief (Air Jack): Mark Sampson
Transport Driver: Mike Clark
Engineer: Martin Pare
Rear End Mechanic (L/R): George Sladky
Assistant Engineer: Robert Ridgely
Rear End Mechanic (R/R): Donnie Skinner
Tires/Transport Driver: Mike Briggs
Front End (R/F): Josh Junge
Spotter: Lee Orebaugh
Front End/Fueler: Trey Harkins
Gear Box (L/F): Mike LaFontain


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