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Rahal Carries Momentum of Five, Top-Five Finishes in the Past Seven Races to the Final Four

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ABC Supply 500 – Pocono Raceway Pre-Race Notes Round 14 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series DATE:                                      August 19-20, 2017 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:       Live on Saturday, August 19 at 9:00-10:15 a.m. ET and 5:00-5:30 p.m. ET on Indycar.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. QUALIFYING BROADCAST:      Live on NBCSN at 1 p.m. ET Saturday, August 19 and on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio…

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FIFTH THIRD BANK TO BEPRIMARY SPONSOR OF RAHAL’S ENTRY AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

  BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 1, 2017) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that Fifth Third Bank will be the primary sponsor for the No. 15 Honda driven by Graham Rahal in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 26.  It is their second Indy car event as primary sponsor after holding…

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Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 30, 2017

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Verizon IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 30, 2017    STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED THIRD IN THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO; FIFTH TOP FIVE AND THIRD PODIUM IN PAST SEVEN RACES GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It…

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Rahal Matched His Best Mid-Ohio Qualifying Effort with Fourth Place Start for the Honda Indy 200

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Verizon IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – July 29, 2017  STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL MATCHED HIS BEST MID-OHIO QUALIFYING EFFORT WITH A FOURTH PLACE START FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO 1)         Will Power                 1:04.1720 / 126.672 mph       (Round 3) 4)         Graham…

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Steak ‘n Shake Driver Rahal Set the Eighth Fastest Time in Practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Verizon IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – July 28, 2017

STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL SET THE EIGHTH FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

1) Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:04.2961 / 126.428 mph
8) Graham Rahal 1:04.7973 / 125.450 mph (2nd in Practice 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We are lacking some performance. Even this morning that was the case. (On setting the second fastest lap time in Practice 1:) We ran new tires at the very end of the session and certain guys didn’t. While we were up there on the lap times, perhaps we were putting a band-aid on the situation a little bit. With that being said, I don’t think we are far off. I have got to somehow figure out how to get the rear of the car under control. It’s been biting us on a lot of road courses. We just can’t seem to figure it out. We have to work hard tonight and improve the Steak ‘n Shake car for tomorrow.”

· FAST FACTS: The 2017 Honda Indy 200 will mark Rahal’s 10th Indy car race here. His best start is fourth in 2009 and his best finish is his win here in 2015. He has competed in many other series at his “home track.” In 2016, he started sixth and was passed by Montoya on the start when he experienced an over boost. Once that was adjusted, he settled into seventh place and made his first stop on Lap 17 during a caution for contact between Dixon and Castroneves. He returned to the race in 17th place while multiple fuel strategies were in play and the top three had yet to pit. He moved to 15th after Castroneves and Newgarden had issues and would have gained two spots but was passed by Kanaan and ran 15th. He was eighth when he made his second stop on Lap 40/90 and returned to the track in 14th place. After attrition took a few drivers out, Rahal ran 10th by Lap 51. He passed Pigot for ninth place on Lap 59 and made his final stop during the caution for Hawksworth on Lap 62. He returned to the track in 10th place and once the race was restarted, fifth place Kimball drove off track and Rahal moved into 9th. He was able to pass Kanaan on Lap 67 for eighth place and Ryan Hunter-Reay for seventh on Lap 77. Once race leader Daly made his out-of-sequence stop on Lap 84, Rahal moved into sixth. He closed on Bourdais to set up a possible pass but fifth place Bourdais attempted to pass fourth place Sato and the two collided and Rahal moved to fourth. He closed on third place Munoz but was unable to pass before the checkered flag. In 2015, he led a race-high 23 laps en route to victory with a 3.4-second margin over Justin Wilson. In 2014, he qualified seventh and avoided an opening lap, multi-car crash to take over fourth place. He maintained a top-five position throughout the race with the exception of pit cycles and ran as high as third at one point. An alternate strategy played out for eventual winner Scott Dixon who started 22nd and made four pit stops in comparison to the majority who made three. Rahal took the checkered flag in fifth place to better his previous best finish at this track of eighth place in 2009. In 2013, Rahal qualified 22nd, and ran as high as eighth on a three pit stop strategy but finished 18th after being held up by drivers on a two-stop strategy. In 2012 he qualified 22nd, started 21st (engine penalty ahead on grid) and finished 11th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). In 2011 he qualified sixth, stalled in the pits after his first stop and finished 24th with SCCGR. In 2010, he qualified 25th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) and had moved up to 14th when he attempted to pass Wheldon for 13th on Lap 61/85 in T2 and went off course and dropped to 21st. Finished 20th. In 2009, he started fourth with NHLR and looked likely to finish fourth before an off-track excursion while fifth late in the race led to an eighth place finish. In 2008, he started 14th with NHLR and ran as high as eighth, but an off track excursion on lap 53 limited him to a 16th place finish. At the age of 16 in 2005, he became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007… His best finishes this season are two wins in Detroit and best start is pole for Detroit Race 1… Rahal is tied for fifth in series point standings with a total of 359. He is 64 points behind leader Scott Dixon (423), 61 behind second place Helio Castroneves (420), 45 behind third place Simon Pagenaud (404), 41 behind fourth place Josef Newgarden (400), and tied with fifth place Will Power (359).

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT MID-OHIO … The Honda Indy 200 will mark the 20th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009-2012. The team has one win (G. Rahal 2015), three podiums (3rd: B. Rahal 1997, 1998) and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd). Prior to the 2017 event, the team prepared a total of 29 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2016) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned THREE podiums (1st – G. Rahal; 3rd – Rahal 1997, 1998), 12 top-five’s and 16 top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake entry for Graham Rahal will bring the Indy car total to 30 entries in 2016.

NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 9:55-10:40 a.m. ET and qualifying will be 2:05 – 3:20. NBCSN will broadcast qualifying at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network. The Honda Indy 200 will be televised live on CNBC beginning at 3:00 PM ET Sunday, July 30.

Graham Rahal Returns Home for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Pre-Race Notes
Round 13 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series

DATE: July 28-30, 2017

PRACTICE BROADCASTS: Live on Friday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET and 2:15 p.m. ET on Indycar.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. And on Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

QUALIFYING BROADCAST: Live on NBCSN on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. ET; live on the Advance Auto Parts
INDYCAR Radio Network (AAPIRN), the INDYCAR 17 app and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis).

RACE BROADCAST: Live on CNBC beginning at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, July 30, the INDYCAR 17 app and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis). Encore on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET

RADIO BROADCAST: Live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209 and www.indycar.com

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course
RACE LENGTH: 90 laps / 203 miles

2016 WINNER: Simon Pagenaud
2016 POLESITTER: Simon Pagenaud (1:03.8700; 127.271 mph)

RAHAL’S HIGHEST SERIES START/FINISH: 3 Poles – St. Pete (street) 2009, Kansas (oval) 2009, Detroit (street) 2017 / 6 Wins – St.
Pete 2008, Fontana (oval; 500 miles) 2015, Mid-Ohio (road) 2015, Texas (oval) 2016; Detroit Race 1 2017, Detroit Race 2 2017

RAHAL’S BEST MID-OHIO START/FINISH: 4th in 2009 with NHLR / 1st in 2015 with RLLR; will be his 10th Indy car race here

RLLR’S BEST START/FINISH AT MID-OHIO Pole 1997 (Herta) / 1st 2015 (G. Rahal)

NEWS & NOTES:

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING RETURNS TO HOME RACE AT MID-OHIO
The 2017 Honda Indy 200 will mark the 20th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, near the team’s Hilliard, Ohio base. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009-2012. The team has one win (G. Rahal 2015), three podiums (3rd: B. Rahal 1997, 1998) and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd). Prior to the 2017 event, the team prepared a total of 29 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-2008), Takuma Sato (2012), James Jakes (2013) and Graham Rahal (2013-2016). The team has earned THREE podiums (1st – G. Rahal; 3rd – B. Rahal 1997, 1998), 12 top-five’s and 16 top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake entry for Graham Rahal will bring the Indy car total to 30 entries in 2017.

GRAHAM ON HIS RETURN HOME TO THE HONDA INDY 200
“It’s always great to go back to Mid-Ohio. I have a lot of fond memories, and have had a lot of great days there. Obviously winning there in 2015 really highlighted my career thus far. I’m excited to get back and hopefully see a great crowd once again. I know we will have a lot of support and I’m very appreciative of that. Hopefully we can have a great run in the Steak ‘n Shake Honda because we definitely need it at this point in the championship.”

GRAHAM ON REBOUNDING ON ROAD COURSES
The series has competed on three road courses to date this year – Barber Motorsports Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Road America. Rahal struggled in qualifying for the first two but progressed to the Firestone Fast Six at Road America and started sixth. The team has focused on improving the setup for a competitive runs at the three remaining road course events at Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway, a double points race.
“My hopes and expectations are high,” said Rahal. “We have struggled with our road course setup this year but at the same time I think we are capable of overcoming that. Our guys have put a lot of effort, a lot of time and mental energy into figuring out what we need going forward.”

GRAHAM’S HISTORY AT MID-OHIO
The 2017 Honda Indy 200 will mark Rahal’s 10th Indy car race here. His best start is fourth in 2009 and his best finish is his win here in 2015. He has competed in many other series at his “home track.” In 2016, he started sixth and was passed by Montoya on the start when he experienced an over boost. Once that was adjusted, he settled into seventh place and made his first stop on Lap 17 during a caution for contact between Dixon and Castroneves. He returned to the race in 17th place while multiple fuel strategies were in play and the top three had yet to pit. He moved to 15th after Castroneves and Newgarden had issues and would have gained two spots but was passed by Kanaan and ran 15th. He was eighth when he made his second stop on Lap 40/90 and returned to the track in 14th place. After attrition took a few drivers out, Rahal ran 10th by Lap 51. He passed Pigot for ninth place on Lap 59 and made his final stop during the caution for Hawksworth on Lap 62. He returned to the track in 10th place and once the race was restarted, fifth place Kimball drove off track and Rahal moved into 9th. He was able to pass Kanaan on Lap 67 for eighth place and Ryan Hunter-Reay for seventh on Lap 77. Once race leader Daly made his out-of-sequence stop on Lap 84, Rahal moved into sixth. He closed on Bourdais to set up a possible pass but fifth place Bourdais attempted to pass fourth place Sato and the two collided and Rahal moved to fourth. He closed on third place Munoz but was unable to pass before the checkered flag. In 2015, he led a race-high 23 laps en route to victory with a 3.4-second margin over Justin Wilson. In 2014, he qualified seventh and avoided an opening lap, multi-car crash to take over fourth place. He maintained a top-five position throughout the race with the exception of pit cycles and ran as high as third at one point. An alternate strategy played out for eventual winner Scott Dixon who started 22nd and made four pit stops in comparison to the majority who made three. Rahal took the checkered flag in fifth place to better his previous best finish at this track of eighth place in 2009. In 2013, Rahal qualified 22nd, and ran as high as eighth on a three pit stop strategy but finished 18th after being held up by drivers on a two-stop strategy. In 2012 he qualified 22nd, started 21st (engine penalty ahead on grid) and finished 11th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). In 2011 he qualified sixth, stalled in the pits after his first stop and finished 24th with SCCGR. In 2010, he qualified 25th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) and had moved up to 14th when he attempted to pass Wheldon for 13th on Lap 61/85 in T2 and went off course and dropped to 21st. Finished 20th. In 2009, he started fourth with NHLR and looked likely to finish fourth before an off-track excursion while fifth late in the race led to an eighth place finish. In 2008, he started 14th with NHLR and ran as high as eighth, but an off track excursion on lap 53 limited him to a 16th place finish. At the age of 16 in 2005, he became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007.

GRAHAM AND THE POINT STANDINGS
With five races yet to be run this season, including the double-points-race at Sonoma, Rahal is tied for fifth in series point standings with a total of 359. He is 64 points behind leader Scott Dixon (423), 61 behind second place Helio Castroneves (420), 45 behind third place Simon Pagenaud (404), 41 behind fourth place Josef Newgarden (400), and tied with fifth place Will Power (359). After qualifying second in the previous race in Toronto, expectations were high for a podium finish that would close the points gap. Unfortunately the timing of a full course caution while Rahal was third shuffled the field and allowed previous fourth place runner Josef Newgarden, who jumped into the pits before it closed, to cycle to the front and he eventually won while Rahal finished ninth.

“It’s important to have a good result at Mid-Ohio. I’m frustrated after Toronto. We deserved better than that. Our car was better than that, our team was better than that so it was obviously disappointing to get the result that we did. Hopefully we can turn that around and have a really, really strong run at Mid-Ohio.”

GRAHAM ON HIS PIT LOCATION
Due to qualifying second in Toronto, Rahal earned a coveted spot close to pit out for the Honda Indy 200. With the competition as close as it is in the Verizon IndyCar Series, every advantage helps so Rahal is happy to be pitting in the second box.

“Our pit position in Mid-Ohio, based on qualifying second in Toronto, is going to be great. It’s flat so that is going to help us a lot. Obviously you want to be pitted with the good guys. You want to be right down there where the fast guys and championship contenders are and we’re right there with them.”

GRAHAM AROUND TOWN AND AT THE TRACK
Prior to the team’s home race, Bobby and Graham Rahal will make a special visit to Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Thursday, July 27. The father and son duo will visit patients and families on site. Additionally, Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Indy show car will be on display. Nationwide Children’s Hospital holds a special place in both Bobby and Graham’s hearts as both have been involved with various events over the years while living in New Albany. The Bobby Rahal Foundation has donated more than $1 million to the hospital. Their support dates back to 1990 and was provided from the proceeds of an annual golf event that Bobby hosted. After that, Graham will participate in the third annual “Meet and Eat” at Steak ‘n Shake (4047 Morse Crossing, Columbus) from 5-7 p.m. ET while Bobby will host the Rally for the Ranch (more information below). At the track, Graham will participate in three autograph sessions (one closed for Honda employees), a media availability, Facebook live chat on Honda’s page, the annual judging of Honda Camping campsites and another special fan interaction to be announced in addition to his regular team commitments.

BOBBY RAHAL FOUNDATION TO HONOR KANAAN AT “RALLY FOR THE RANCH” BENEFIT THURSDAY
Tony Kanaan will be honored at the 6th Annual Safelite AutoGlass “Rally for The Ranch,” a three-event extravaganza to be held July 27-30. The event is supported by The Bobby Rahal Foundation and benefits The Buckeye Ranch and its programs that help area youths and their families dealing with mental, behavioral and substance abuse issues. Previous honorees include Johnny Rutherford (2012), Al Unser, Jr. (2013), Rick Mears (2014), Bobby Unser (2015) and Dario Franchitti (2016).

RAHAL TO AGAIN JUDGE HONDA’S CAMPGROUND DECORATION CONTEST
Honda Racing will host activities for all race fans during the Mid-Ohio weekend with the return of the annual #CampingwithHonda initiative. Following the success of last year’s “Christmas in July” theme, this year Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will combine the thrill of racing with “galactic”-themed entertainment with the slogan “May the G-Force Be With You.” A community bonfire will take place on Saturday night with s’mores and live music provided by Columbus’ premier party band “MidLife Crisis.” For campers, there will be a tent and motor home decorating contest with Graham Rahal judging the best campsite following qualifying on Saturday.

“It’s just fun to go out and be with the fans. You see stuff that is all over the board and everyone looks like they are having a great time. It’s always a blast to go out to the campsites and spend some time with the fans.”

Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place – RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place Verizon IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 16, 2017 THE TIMING OF A CAUTION LIMITED RAHAL TO A NINTH PLACE FINISH IN THE HONDA INDY TORONTO AFTER STARTING SECOND  GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Rousseau Metal Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I got the call after we…

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RAHAL EARNED HIS BEST STARTING SPOT IN TORONTO WITH SECOND PLACE IN QUALIFYING FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place Verizon IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 15, 2017 RAHAL EARNED HIS BEST STARTING SPOT IN TORONTO WITH SECOND PLACE IN QUALIFYING FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO POLE:             Simon Pagenaud        58.9124 / 109.138 mph           (Round 3, Group 2) 2nd:                 Graham…

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RAHAL SET THE FOURTH FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place Verizon IndyCar Series PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, July 14, 2017 RAHAL SET THE FOURTH FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO   FASTEST:      Simon Pagenaud        1:00.2573 / 106.702 mph 4th:                  Graham Rahal            1:00.6388 / 106.031 mph GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15…

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Rahal Aims to Repeat Detroit’s Winning Performance at the Honda Indy Toronto Street Race

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place Pre-Race Notes Round 12 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series DATE:                                      July 14-16, 2017 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:       Live on Friday, July 14 at 10:40 a.m. ET and 2:15 p.m. ET on Indycar.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  And on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. QUALIFYING BROADCAST:      NBCSN will air coverage…

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