GRAHAM RAHAL WINS AT MID-OHIO, IN TIGHT RACE WITH MONTOYA FOR SERIES TITLE
Who had Graham Rahal riding Juan Pablo Montoya's bumper heading to the season's final two races? Don't look now, but there's also a once-troubled Honda stalking a Chevrolet for IndyCar's biggest crown this side of the Indianapolis 500.
Rahal is within striking distance of his first series title – he's nine points behind Juan Montoya with two races left – because he's driving hard and catching breaks. This time, those two things came together late in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, his home track.
Rahal was running third and stuck in traffic when his crew called him to pit road for final service. Just as the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car reached pit entrance, the caution came out for a spin elsewhere on the road course.
Rahal didn't know how the caution came to be – more on that later – but he knew what it meant: A chance to make the last part of this season especially interesting.
Because Montoya, the race leader, didn't pit with Rahal, he got stuck behind the pace car until allowed to pull off the track. Costly is the surest word to describe it. By the time the field cycled to its rightful running order, Rahal had the lead and Montoya was 12th. Read Full Article
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