IndyCar driver Rahal questions Wilson’s penalty

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“I’d like to know what would have happened if I’d had those on and we had won the race,” Rahal said of Wilson’s infraction. “I bet you it would have been more than 7,500 bucks and five points.”

Rahal said his concerns about officiating aren’t simply sour grapes.

“I made a mistake,” Rahal said. “I lost the race. I lost the race. Like I said, I don’t think what he did, that’s not going to win or lose the race. I mean, I lost it by touching the wall. He would have never caught me, so there’s no anger in that.”

Now Rahal is ready to move on to the Milwaukee Mile, one of his favorite tracks.

Rahal has pledged his personal support to the Milwaukee race, a late addition to the IndyCar schedule after Michael Andretti agreed to take over an event that hasn’t proved profitable to previous promoters.

Rahal helped organize a bus trip for fans from the Indianapolis area who wanted to attend.

“It’s a track I want on the schedule, and it’s a place that I’ve always loved coming to,” Rahal said. “Anything I can do to help makes a difference. And I wish that the drivers would get more involved, generally, to make these things happen. It’s pretty simple for us to do.”

Rahal got the ball rolling on the trip, then handed over operations to the Milwaukee organizers.

“We’re not bringing in 2,000 people, but every little head makes a difference, you know,” Rahal said. “If we’re only supplying 300 more heads this weekend, that’s 300 more heads than were going to be here. So that’s a good thing.”

Rahal said he wants to expand bus trips to other races next season, although he notes that he’s “not making a dime” off of the Milwaukee trip and is doing it to help the series. Rahal said it was especially important for him to help Milwaukee.

“It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight,” Rahal said. “But I really hope people here in the surrounding areas embrace it, because they should be so proud of this facility, the history that this place has, the history where it plays a role in the sport. I mean, this track has a huge connection to IndyCar racing, much more than anything else. We always put on great races here, so it’s no lack of excitement. So hopefully they really support it and make it a big deal.”

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