Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing did an internal evaluation of the opening-lap crash at Pocono Raceway and absolved chauffeur Takuma Sato of triggering the mishap.
The group stated it took the uncommon action Tuesday of openly protecting Sato, who has actually been commonly blamed for activating a five-car mishap that modified the champion race, since its evaluation of the onboard data and video camera revealed that he was not at fault for the five-car mishap. When they crashed headed into the 2nd turn,
Sato was racing three-wide with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi.
Rossi is 2nd in the champion standings today tracks leader Josef Newgarden by 35 points with 3 races staying.
RLL stated “the data and video clearly shows that Takuma did not turn down the track into Alexander in this incident and in fact the first steering wheel movement made by Takuma was to the right, as he tried to correct his car after the initial contact.”
The group called the event “part and parcel” of oval racing, especially with track position so essential.
“It’s a racing incident, and we as a team wish to publicly state that we stand behind our drivers and have absolute faith in their ability to race and perform at the highest level for RLL,” the declaration stated. “This was a racing incident which unfortunately may have some championship implications.”
RLL then kept in mind that Graham Rahal was 2nd in the champion standings till a crash at Pocono in 2015 thwarted his title hopes, “so we know the frustration drivers and teams experienced.”
Both Sato and Pocono Raceway have actually dealt with heavy criticism given that the Sunday mishap. Felix Rosenqvist was taken to a health center with a headache and pain in the back after his automobile cruised into the fence, and Sato’s automobile arrived on top of Hunter-Reay.
Most chauffeurs blamed Sato for the contact that set off the crash, however others concentrated on arguable compatibility in between IndyCar and the Pennsylvania 2.5-mile oval.
Justin Wilson was eliminated when a piece of particles from another automobile struck him in the head in 2015, and Robert Wickens in 2015 suffered a spine injury when his automobile entered into the fence.