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.”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.