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Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Pre-Race Notes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix – Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona Round 4 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series DATE:                                                   Friday – Saturday, April 28-29, 2017 PRACTICE BROADCAST:             All sessions not broadcast on NBCSN will be streamed live on the IndyCar Series…

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RAHAL DROVE TO A 13TH PLACE FINISH IN THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA AFTER STARTING 21ST

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, April 23, 2017 RAHAL DROVE TO A 13TH PLACE FINISH IN THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA AFTER STARTING 21ST GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a frustrating day because we were just…

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RAHAL WAS 15TH FASTEST OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, April 21, 2017 RAHAL WAS 15TH FASTEST OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA 1st:      Marco Andretti          1:07.7134 / 122.280 mph       15th:   Graham Rahal           1:08.5585 / 120.773 mph   GRAHAM RAHAL,…

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Pre-Race Notes – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama Round 3 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series DATE: Friday – Sunday, April 21-23, 2017 PRACTICE BROADCAST: All sessions not broadcast on NBCSN will be streamed live on the IndyCar Series website (+ live analysis…

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LaSalle Solutions to be an Associate Sponsor of Team Entries for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indy 500

LASALLE SOLUTIONS TO BE AN ASSOCIATE SPONSOR OF RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS AND INDIANAPOLIS 500

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 11, 2017) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that LaSalle Solutions, a leading provider of technology lifecycle asset management services, will be an associate sponsor of the Honda-powered entry of Graham Rahal at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 13as well as both Rahal and Oriol Servia at the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

Based in Rosemont, Illinois, LaSalle Solutions helps customers simplify and integrate their technology operations to increase efficiency and ROI. LaSalle operates nationally with other offices in California and New York. Their logo will appear on the front wing end plates.

“I’m really pleased that LaSalle Solutions has chosen to partner with us for the Month of May, including the Indy 500, the largest single-day sporting event in the world,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former late night talk show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Michael Lanigan.  “LaSalle is a very impressive company that provides IT services for companies big and small and we are pleased to align ourselves with first class companies such as theirs.  Just as we work toward being on the cutting edge of motor racing, LaSalle Solutions does the same within its own industry so it’s a great fit.  We look forward to working with both the LaSalle people themselves, and their clients.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team for what is sure to be a fun month of races,” added Steven Robb, president of the Solutions Group at LaSalle Solutions. “The team has an accomplished history in Indianapolis, and we are proud to sponsor their next great chapter. We look forward to working and winning with the team both on and off the track.”

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will air live on May 13 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 will air live on May 28beginning at 11 a.m. ET – both on ABC.  Rahal’s highest start in the Grand Prix is 12th in 2014 and highest finish is second in 2015.  The 2017 Indy 500 will mark Rahal’s 10th time to compete in the race, where his highest start is fourth in 2009 and highest finish is third in 2011.  Servia will compete in his ninth Indy 500 and fourth with RLLR in 2017. His best start is third in 2011 and best finish is fourth in 2012.  For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com.

Rahal Suffered a Punctured Tire in the Final Stage of the Toyota GP of Long Beach and Finished 10th

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Verizon IndyCar Series

NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, April 9, 2017

 PENNGRADE DRIVER RAHAL SUFFERED A PUNCTURED TIRE IN THE FINAL STAGE OF THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH AND FINISHED 10TH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 PennGrade Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We got a good start and passed (Alexander) Rossi and (Helio) Castroneves for fourth. I felt like we were in a pretty good place to settle in but it became apparent that a lot of guys around me weren’t going to save fuel like I was.  I tried to just keep pace but struggled pretty hard on the first stint with a bit of an issue with the front tires. On the second stint we were as good as anybody but when it came down to it, we had lost too much time in the first stint.  It was disappointing to get the puncture.  This PennGrade team deserved more than a tenth place finish. Yes it’s a top-10 but it’s not going to help us in the point standings very much and we definitely need a lot of those.”

 

  • FAST FACTS: On the start, Rahal passed Rossi and pole sitter Castroneves, who had lost the lead on the start.  He held fourth place while trying to conserve fuel to have a two-stop race. He was passed by Rossi and later Newgarden.  Once race leader Dixon pit for a three-stop strategy, he moved into fifth and was fourth when he made his first stop on Lap 30. As other fuel strategies played out, he cycled back into sixth place by the halfway point. On Lap 46, he was seventh overall and fourth of those who were on a two-stop strategy.  The timing of the cautions negated the two-stop strategy and Rahal was sixth when he got a right rear puncture and had to pit on Lap 79 of 85 which dropped him to 13th.  He moved into 12th and was pressuring Hildebrand when Hildebrand and Aleshin made contact on the final lap and Rahal moved into 10th place… Was his 11th Champ or Indy car race here and 12th overall … In 2016, after setting the third fastest time overall on Friday, Rahal held the fastest spot in Saturday morning’s final practice at one point late in the session and was ranked sixth with a few minutes to go when he made contact with the wall in Turn 9 and sustained damage to his front and rear wings and left-side corners of his car.  The team repaired it by qualifying but he was unable to progress from his group and ultimately qualified 17th.  In the race, the team elected for an alternate strategy due to starting from 17th place.  Rahal passed two cars on the start and another by Lap 3 to run 14th… He made his first stop on Lap 20 of 80 and returned to the race in 19th place.  As the field cycled through their stops he moved up to 10th place and later made his second stop on Lap 48 which came one lap earlier than expected which forced the team into even more of a fuel-savings mode. He had moved up to ninth place by Lap 59 and held it while the team hoped for a caution period. The race ran caution-free and Rahal dropped from ninth to 15th in the final 10 laps and coasted across the final line. His car ultimately stooped on track in Turn 1… In 2015, he qualified eighth in Long Beach but struggled in the race and finished 11th… In 2014, he finished seventh after struggling in practice and qualifying 23rd… In 2013, he finished second after starting 11th with RLL… In 2012, he qualified 15th for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR), started 8th due to penalties to Chevy-powered teams, ran as high as fourth but finished 24th due to contact with Marco Andretti… In 2011, he qualified 16th for SCCGR and finished 13th… In 2010 he started and finished 22nd for Sarah Fisher Racing after contact… In 2009, he started seventh and finished 12th for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR)…In 2008 he started ninth and had a podium in sight when he was alongside third place but contact during this pass led to a 13th place finish for NHLR.  Started fifth in 2007 but the pit strategy of others and slow fuel flow related to teething problems for the all-new Panoz Champ Car on two stops limited his finish to eighth place for NHLR.  In the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series race here he started seventh and finished fifth… Has four IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval) and two poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015. He finished fifth overall in 2016.

 

NEXT UP:  The team will test at the newly-repaved Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, April 11.

Rahal Qualified Sixth for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Verizon IndyCar Series
NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, April 8, 2017

PENNGRADE DRIVER RAHAL QUALIFIED SIXTH FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

POLE: Helio Castroneves 1:06.2254 / 106.980 mph (Round 3; Group 2)
6th: Graham Rahal 1:06.7562 / 106.129 mph (Round 3; Group 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 PennGrade Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “To be able to fight through the things we did as a single car team makes me proud because we tried some big changes over night and they worked out. We took ourselves from a place where we were average in terms of being competitive to a place where we were third fast overall in Round 2 of qualifying and ended up qualifying sixth based on our time in Round 3. We had an issue in Round 3 which was disappointing but based on where we were on Friday, I’m happy to have made the Fast Six. I’m pleased with the car, pleased with where we stand against the competition. Now we just have to work on a couple of little things to improve for the race and try to get the PennGrade Honda in Victory Lane.”

· FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th Champ or Indy car race here and 12th overall … In 2016, after setting the third fastest time overall on Friday, Rahal held the fastest spot in Saturday morning’s final practice at one point late in the session and was ranked sixth with a few minutes to go when he made contact with the wall in Turn 9 and sustained damage to his front and rear wings and left-side corners of his car. The team repaired it by qualifying but he was unable to progress from his group and ultimately qualified 17th. In the race, the team elected for an alternate strategy due to starting from 17th place. Rahal passed two cars on the start and another by Lap 3 to run 14th.. He made his first stop on Lap 20 of 80 and returned to the race in 19th place. As the field cycled through their stops he moved up to 10th place and later made his second stop on Lap 48 which came one lap earlier than expected which forced the team into even more of a fuel-savings mode. He had moved up to ninth place by Lap 59 and held it while the team hoped for a caution period. The race ran caution-free and Rahal dropped from ninth to 15th in the final 10 laps and coasted across the final line. His car ultimately stooped on track in Turn 1… In 2015, he qualified eighth in Long Beach but struggled in the race and finished 11th… In 2014, he finished seventh after struggling in practice and qualifying 23rd… In 2013, he finished second after starting 11th with RLL… In 2012, he qualified 15th for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR), started 8th due to penalties to Chevy-powered teams, ran as high as fourth but finished 24th due to contact with Marco Andretti… In 2011, he qualified 16th for SCCGR and finished 13th… In 2010 he started and finished 22nd for Sarah Fisher Racing after contact… In 2009, he started seventh and finished 12th for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR)…In 2008 he started ninth and had a podium in sight when he was alongside third place but contact during this pass led to a 13th place finish for NHLR. Started fifth in 2007 but the pit strategy of others and slow fuel flow related to teething problems for the all-new Panoz Champ Car on two stops limited his finish to eighth place for NHLR. In the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series race here he started seventh and finished fifth… Has four IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval) and two poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015. He finished fifth overall in 2016.

3 POLES, 6 PODIUMS FOR RLL IN 17 INDY CAR RACES AT LONG BEACH: This marks the 18th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) to compete in the main event. In total, the team has won three poles (Herta 1998, Vasser 2002, Jourdain, Jr. 2003); made five front row starts including an all-Team Rahal front row in 1998 (2nd – Rahal 1998, Brack 2001); earned their best finish of second place four times (Rahal 1992-1993, Vasser 2002, G. Rahal 2013) and earned six podiums here (2nd – Rahal 1992-1993, Vasser 2002 & G. Rahal 2013; 3rd – Herta 1998-1999). Although the team didn’t compete in Indy car races here from 2004-2011 while they fielded a fulltime entry in the Indy Racing League (2004-2008), they did compete in the 2003 and 2004 Atlantic races with Danica Patrick and in the 2007 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race. In 2009, the team returned to the streets of Long Beach in the GTLM class of the ALMS with BMW Team RLL and has finished on the podium each year but 2016 which makes Long Beach the most successful venue for the team on the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. The team has won the race three times (2011, 2013 and 2015) and started from pole five, including the past two years.

NEXT UP: Morning warmup will take place Sunday from 9:00-9:30 a.m. PT and the 85-lap Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.

PennGrade Driver Graham Rahal 12th Fastest in Practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Verizon IndyCar Series
NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, April 7, 2017

PENNGRADE DRIVER RAHAL 12TH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

1) Will Power 1:07.0880 / 105.617 mph
12) Graham Rahal 1:07.8118 / 104.477 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 PennGrade Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: ““Today was what we will refer to as a character builder. In the first session, I didn’t think that we were that bad. We just didn’t get a run on the second set of tires. We are definitely challenged for lateral grip, challenged to get the car to bite into the road surface. In the IndyCar Series right now, it’s so competitive. If you are three-tenths (of a second) off, that could be the difference between being first and 15th place. We have to be on top of our game each and every time we go out on track and today I’m not sure that we accomplished that goal. We will work hard tonight and come back stronger tomorrow.”

· FAST FACTS: Will be his 11th Champ or Indy car race here and 12th overall … In 2016, after setting the third fastest time overall on Friday, Rahal held the fastest spot in Saturday morning’s final practice at one point late in the session and was ranked sixth with a few minutes to go when he made contact with the wall in Turn 9 and sustained damage to his front and rear wings and left-side corners of his car. The team repaired it by qualifying but he was unable to progress from his group and ultimately qualified 17th. In the race, the team elected for an alternate strategy due to starting from 17th place. Rahal passed two cars on the start and another by Lap 3 to run 14th.. He made his first stop on Lap 20 of 80 and returned to the race in 19th place. As the field cycled through their stops he moved up to 10th place and later made his second stop on Lap 48 which came one lap earlier than expected which forced the team into even more of a fuel-savings mode. He had moved up to ninth place by Lap 59 and held it while the team hoped for a caution period. The race ran caution-free and Rahal dropped from ninth to 15th in the final 10 laps and coasted across the final line. His car ultimately stooped on track in Turn 1… In 2015, he qualified eighth in Long Beach but struggled in the race and finished 11th… In 2014, he finished seventh after struggling in practice and qualifying 23rd… In 2013, he finished second after starting 11th with RLL… In 2012, he qualified 15th for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR), started 8th due to penalties to Chevy-powered teams, ran as high as fourth but finished 24th due to contact with Marco Andretti… In 2011, he qualified 16th for SCCGR and finished 13th… In 2010 he started and finished 22nd for Sarah Fisher Racing after contact… In 2009, he started seventh and finished 12th for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR)…In 2008 he started ninth and had a podium in sight when he was alongside third place but contact during this pass led to a 13th place finish for NHLR. Started fifth in 2007 but the pit strategy of others and slow fuel flow related to teething problems for the all-new Panoz Champ Car on two stops limited his finish to eighth place for NHLR. In the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series race here he started seventh and finished fifth… Has four IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval) and two poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015. He finished fifth overall in 2016.

3 POLES, 6 PODIUMS FOR RLL IN 17 INDY CAR RACES AT LONG BEACH: This marks the 18th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) to compete in the main event. In total, the team has won three poles (Herta 1998, Vasser 2002, Jourdain, Jr. 2003); made five front row starts including an all-Team Rahal front row in 1998 (2nd – Rahal 1998, Brack 2001); earned their best finish of second place four times (Rahal 1992-1993, Vasser 2002, G. Rahal 2013) and earned six podiums here (2nd – Rahal 1992-1993, Vasser 2002 & G. Rahal 2013; 3rd – Herta 1998-1999). Although the team didn’t compete in Indy car races here from 2004-2011 while they fielded a fulltime entry in the Indy Racing League (2004-2008), they did compete in the 2003 and 2004 Atlantic races with Danica Patrick and in the 2007 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race. In 2009, the team returned to the streets of Long Beach in the GTLM class of the ALMS with BMW Team RLL and has finished on the podium each year but 2016 which makes Long Beach the most successful venue for the team on the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. The team has won the race three times (2011, 2013 and 2015) and started from pole five, including the past two years.

Rahal Ready to Get Back to Racing in the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – Streets of Long Beach, California Round 2 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series DATE: Friday – Sunday, April 7-9, 2017 VIDEO STREAMING: All practice sessions and qualifying will be available on the INDYCAR YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/indycar) and RaceControl.IndyCar.com. PRACTICE BROADCAST:…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, March 12, 2017    LAP 1 CONTACT LIMITED STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL TO A 17TH PLACE FINISH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG   GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We had a good…

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