Rahal rips ‘awful’ slower traffic in Iowa; ends in fifth place (VIDEO)

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Graham Rahal banked his fourth top-five finish in the last five Verizon IndyCar Series races in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 with a fifth place finish, and moved up to sixth in the championship standings.

But while Rahal admitted he was happy to be disappointed with fifth in the No. 15 GEHL Honda after starting 10th, it was slower traffic that drew his ire in his post-race interview.

Rahal used the middle to high line to his advantage throughout the race, which saved right side tire wear, but was annoyed with several other drivers that he felt were discourteous when he was trying to get around them.

“I’ll just say, the courtesy from guys laps down has been poor as of late. We talked about it our driver’s only meetings. Everyone said they’d improve. Today was awful,” Rahal said to NBCSN’s Anders Krohn.

“But I’m so proud of the GEHL team. I wanted to win today so I’m disappointed with fifth, which is a good thing. We’d have liked to gain on Will and Helio.

“I actually felt I had a car equally as good but the track position was hard, as I said under the red flag, there were guys moving up. That was where I was comfortable.”

Despite the frustration and surviving a late scrap with Josef Newgarden, who ended sixth, Rahal said he’s excited to head to Toronto next week, the next street course after sweeping the Detroit doubleheader last month.

“But the guys did a great job. We have to keep our heads down. Toronto, I hope the setup translates well from Detroit.

“Overall a great day. It’s four or five really solid finishes in a row for us right now.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.