Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Victory At ‘The Resumption’
The sparks flew as Graham Rahal charged to a narrow victory in Saturday night’s IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The race began in June but was interrupted by rain and was finished on Saturday. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Three-wide, four-wide and with sparks flying, Graham Rahal won the 20th annual Firestone 600 (The Resumption) Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway after leading the equivalent of two football fields.
Rahal completed a dramatic, last-lap pass of leader James Hinchcliffe to win by a miniscule 0.0080-seconds _ the closest race in Texas Motor Speedway history and the fifth-closest in Indy car history.
The previous squeaker at TMS was recorded in 2002 when Sam Hornish Jr. edged Helio Castroneves by 0.0096-seconds, which had been the closest of all major racing series to have competed at the venue in Fort Worth prior to Saturday night.
The 248th and final lap was the lone circuit Rahal led around TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval en route to earning his first win since Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, last August.
“I led 200 yards. That’s all I needed,” Rahal quipped after “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” was delayed 76-days by rainouts on June 11 and 12. “I didn’t want to go through this year without a win. On that last yellow, I was telling myself, ‘This could be my chance, you’d better get it done.’ We’re just lucky it all worked out.” Read the full story »