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“No, because I really thought to myself, `What’s the worst that can happen?’ If I don’t make the race, that’s something that happens to a lot of people. But I have the opportunity to race for A.J. Foyt at Indianapolis. That’s what I’m really going to concentrate on.”


BIG WEEKEND: Bobby Rahal, one of the owners of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Team, will serve as the grand marshal of the race parade Sunday.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if he tried to drive the ceremonial car.

He competed in 16 IndyCar races at Mid-Ohio, nine as a driver and seven as an owner-driver, winning in 1985 and 1986. He captured two poles and finished on the podium in eight starts. His accomplishments include nine top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes.

He’s not just here to wave to the crowd, however.

Takuma Sato drove one RLLR car to the 18th qualifying spot in the 25-car field, with Rahal’s son, Graham, in the No. 22 starting position.


PIT STOPS: This is the sixth IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio. Dixon won in ‘07, ‘09 and ‘11, Ryan Briscoe in ‘08 and Franchitti in ‘10. … The IndyCar race is schedule to start at 12:53 p.m. on Sunday and will cover 85 laps on the 2.25-mile track. … The SRT Viper returned to the American Le Mans Series, finishing back in the pack in the GT class … Actor Patrick Dempsey, best known as Dr. McDreamy on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” shared driving honors in the No. 27 Lola in the ALMS race. He finished ninth overall and fourth in his class. … This is the second year Kim Green and Kevin Savoree have owned Mid-Ohio. They also own the IndyCar stops at St. Petersburg and Toronto.