A valiant charge by Graham Rahal in the final 18 laps came up just short of victory at The Milwaukee Mile, as the Honda-powered driver finished third at the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250, his fifth podium finish of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
After knocking on the door of victory circle several times this season, Graham Rahal came through at Auto Club Speedway, winning a frantic MAVTv500 for his second career Verizon IndyCar Series win and first on an oval.
Graham Rahal continued his run as Honda’s top performer in the Verizon IndyCar Series, scoring his sixth top-10 finish of the 2015 season at the Honda Indy Toronto, and maintaining his hold on fifth in the drivers’ championship after 10 of 16 races.
A four-stop pit strategy for Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and James Jakes failed to pay off, as the Honda drivers were forced to conserve fuel to make the finish and dropped down the order in the closing laps of the Firestone 600.
Although Honda was prevented from sweeping the shortened second half of the “Dual in Detroit-2” at Belle Isle Park, it still dominated the finishing order, claiming eight of the top 10 positions in the second half of the double header weekend.
Carlos Munoz combined near-perfect driving with bold pit strategy from his Andretti Autosport team to score his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series victory and lead a 1-2 Honda finish on the temporary Belle Isle street circuit in the first of two races in Detroit.
Graham Rahal starred in the final 20 laps of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, turning some of the fastest laps of the race and twice passing competitors around the outside of the Turn 5 hairpin to finish a close second.
Andretti Autosport teammates Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz were among the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing Grand Prix of Long Beach for Honda and its Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and teams.