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"Even with an 11th-place result in St. Pete," Rahal said, "we feel we had one of the best cars in the race and the team has a lot of momentum and can't wait to get on track again. I really think that all signs are pointing to us being able to have a great year."
"Our goal is to go to New Orleans and try to rack up as many points as we can, move ourselves up in the championship and kick off Long Beach and the rest of the season."
Team Penske dominated the opening weekend of the year, finishing in four of the top five spots. Even so, Rahal said that "I think we are seeing that there are a lot of teams that are very, very close together. You certainly can't slip up and in qualifying we slipped up a little bit and had our worst session of the weekend and that really hurt us."
"We need to make sure we are on top of our game because there is no margin for error with the field as tight as it is. You have to be on it and that's what makes the Verizon IndyCar Series so exciting right now."