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BANDIT INDUSTRIES JOINS RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AN ASSOCIATE SPONSOR FOR SPENCER PIGOT’S ENTRY AT THE GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS AND INDIANAPOLIS 500

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 5, 2016) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Bandit Industries Inc., a premier global manufacturer of industrial wood chippers and wood processing equipment, will be an associate sponsor for the No. 16 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of reigning Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot in both events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis May 14and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil May 29.

Orlando, Florida native Pigot, 22, earned back-to-back championships the past two seasons.  In 2014 he won the Pro Mazda championship with six wins, five poles and seven podium finishes as well as the Winterfest Championship.  In 2015 he earned six wins, four poles and 10 podium finishes en route to the Indy Lights Series title which led to a three-race, IndyCar Series program with RLL in 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bandit Industries to the race team as their first entry into the Verizon IndyCar Series,”said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former late night talk show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Bandit equipment is well known throughout the wood processing industry for superior quality and longevity, two traits we strive to emulate across our racing organization.”

In his IndyCar Series debut, Pigot ran as high as 12th place in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 13 and finished 14th. The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 and the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 will mark his second and third races in the series, respectively.  Teammate Graham Rahal finished second in the previous Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park on April 24 and he and Pigot intend to continue that momentum at the two upcoming races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Racing at Indianapolis is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, not just for our employees but also for customers and our entire mid-Michigan community,” said Bandit Industries Marketing Manager Aaron Sorrels. “Having the opportunity to race with such an accomplished team is something special, and Spencer is one of the brightest young stars in all of motorsports. We are very proud to represent our employees, our community, our customers, and all the Bandit racing fans around the world at this historic 100th running of the Indy 500.”

The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season continues with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14, which will be televised on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.  For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com

About Bandit Industries, Inc.

Founded in 1983, Bandit Industries is an industry-leading manufacturer of industrial grade wood chippers, stump grinders, The Beast® reduction machines and other wood processing equipment. From humble beginnings with just six employees in a 6000 square-foot warehouse, today Bandit Industries employs over 400 highly skilled specialists utilizing more than 280,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Over 50,000 Bandit® wood processing machines have been built since that first chipper, serving customers around the world. All Bandit equipment is manufactured at the company’s mid-Michigan headquarters, combining state-of-the-art technology with hand-built craftsmanship that only comes through years of experience. Learn more about Bandit Industries at www.banditchippers.com.