Graham Rahal was among many drivers to come away from the caution-plagued Indy 500, after being credited with a 12th-place finish after a race that he and father/team owner Bobby felt ought to have yielded a lot more. Both Rahals were especially incensed over the penalty Graham received for blocking, which they felt was an example of uneven enforcement of the rules.
"We went backward, forward, backward, forward again, that was our day," said Graham. "That 30 laps we ran in front of Dario to avoid being lapped, we were flying. For sure, we were as quick as most of the guys – we just needed to recover from too many mistakes. The Quick Trim/RLR guys did a great job in the pits, the team really pulled together today.
"On the black flag penalty, I really think there needs to be a clear set of rules for everyone. Danica (Patrick) put me in the grass in the first few laps and nothing was said. It's really frustrating to have that happen here. But I thought we had a really great car today, had great pit stops and when we up front, we were really fast."
Bobby Rahal added, "I thought Graham did a hell of a job today. A bogus penalty really hurt us, I don't think Graham did anything that others drivers weren't doing, but we got a penalty. To lead Dario like he did for so long really showed how strong the car could be. I think he really got everything he could out of the car."