Watkins Glen, NY – I initially thought Graham Rahal would be a solid sleeper to win this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen (1 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). After all, Rahal had high confidence in his teams’ ability and he was in the top 10 in all three practice sessions.
He will even start 10th for Sunday’s race.
But, Rahal’s not comfortable with his No. 15 Honda and he’s not sure if they can get it fixed before Sunday’s 60 Lap race.
That has me and himself with a changed mindset.
“The car has been loose all weekend and we just can’t seem to make any headway,” a disappointed Rahal said after qualifying on Saturday. “I’m just hanging on. It is what it is and I will just have to go race hard tomorrow. I don’t think we are close enough yet to a good race setup, but we’ll see how it is over the long run.”
That doesn’t sound like someone who’s got a lot of confidence anymore. Rahal, needs to make up at least eight points on Josef Newgarden to even be championship eligible leaving Watkins Glen.
The goal over the final two races for Rahal though isn’t to win the title anymore. He knows that a feat like that at this point of the season is virtually impossible. But, he wants to get inside the top five of the points and be the top non Penske/Ganassi driver in the final standings. If he’s going to accomplish that goal, he has to hope for rain on Sunday or hope he can get his car adjusted as the race goes on.