Theodore Racing enjoyed a successful return to the Indianapolis 500 with drivers Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot.
Following a thirty-one year absence from American racing, the Theodore Racing team returned to the iconic 500-mile race in partnership with ‘Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’ with both drivers bringing their Honda-Dallara cars home safely.
Following 200 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Rahal commented on his charge through the field to 14th place having qualified 26th “It just wasn’t our day. We broke a left rear wing in the pits which really hurt us because we lost a lot of downforce there but it also then left a blunt end on the car so it had a lot of drag and the car was really slow on the straights. We kept our heads down and kept pushing. Our goal was to put the RLL with Theodore Racing car in Victory Lane and we didn’t do it. We’re going to have to wait another year to think about this”.
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 30, 2016
Making his Indy 500 debut following his IndyLights championship victory last year, rookie driver Pigot commented on his 25th place finish “The race was pretty eventful; it was pretty crazy out there. We continued to make the car better. We were struggling on the first stint but improved throughout the race. We made some changes on the wings and we could definitely pass a bit more and run closer as the stints went on so I was pleased with that. Overall it was a great experience and I am glad we were able to finish the race. I think we had the potential to finish somewhere around 15th. I want to give a big thanks to all of the guys for their great stops and hard work for the Indy 500 and to Theodore Racing and our other partners for their support”.
Theodore Racing team owner, Teddy Yip Jnr, revealed his pride following Theodore Racing’s return to the Indy 500, commenting “Bringing the Theodore Racing name back to the Indy 500 on the 100th running with Rahal Letterman Lanigan has been a truly eye-opening experience and I have loved every minute. Despite a great effort from the team and drivers, the race just didn’t go our way yesterday but the engagement and support our return to the series has produced is pretty mind blowing, let alone the show that the Verizon IndyCar Series puts on for the fans. Now it’s time to focus on our future involvement and see how we can enhance our position in the Series alongside our GP2, European F3 and F4 programmes.”