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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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STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL QUALIFIED 10TH FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, March 11, 2017    STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL QUALIFIED 10TH FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG 1)         Will Power                 1:01.0640 / 106.118 mph       (Group 2, Round 3) 10)       Graham Rahal           1:01.6181 / 105.164 mph       (Group 2,…

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STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL WAS 17TH IN PRACTICE FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, March 10, 2017   STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL WAS 17TH IN PRACTICE FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG 1)         Scott Dixon                1:02.5591 / 103.582 mph       17)       Graham Rahal           1:03.4818 / 102.077 mph                     GRAHAM RAHAL, No….

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Pre-Race Notes – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida Round 1 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series DATE:                                                   Friday – Sunday, March 10-12, 2017 QUALIFYING BROADCAST:       Live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (AAPIRN) and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live…

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Team Owner Bobby Rahal Preview’s the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Season

Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan, provided a preview of the upcoming 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season that will kick off with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 10-12.  The team has entered the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda for Graham Rahal.  The race…

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Fifth Third Bank Renews Partnership as an Associate Sponsor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Indy Car Program in Multi-Year Deal

FIFTH THIRD BANK RENEWS PARTNERSHIP AS AN ASSOCIATE SPONSOR OF RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING’S INDY CAR PROGRAM IN MULTI-YEAR DEAL

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 28, 2017) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that Fifth Third Bank has renewed their partnership as an associate sponsor in a multi-year agreement. The bank logo will appear on the Honda-powered No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal.

“Our relationship with Fifth Third started in 2016 and we got to know their culture through various events with their customers as well as through their philanthropic outreach and we are proud to extend our partnership with such a group,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.

Events in St. Petersburg, Fla., Indianapolis, Ohio, and outside St. Louis, among others, have been identified as key markets, and the company is currently planning initiatives that align with their corporate goals for those markets. Fifth Third and the racing team will again join forces to make an impact on the local community, especially during the bank’s annual hunger initiative in the month of May.

“We are very excited about extending our partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Steven Alonso, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana Gateway Region.  “Racing is a fabric of our community and a passion for many of our clients; and Graham is a first class individual on and off the track.  We are thrilled to be associated once again with Graham, Bobby, and the whole RLL team.”

Rahal was a major factor in two of the most exciting races last season, the Honda Indy at Barber Motorsports Park where he finished second to eventual champion Simon Pagenaud, and in the Firestone 600, where he won by the closest margin of victory at Texas Motor Speedway and fifth closest in INDYCAR series history.  For the second consecutive year, Rahal ended the season as the highest-ranked Honda-powered driver in fifth place after a total of four podium finishes and eight, top-five finishes.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins March 10-12 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Graham Rahal won the event in 2008 and won pole in 2009 – both feats earned him the distinction of being the youngest in series history to do so.  For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com

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Steak ‘n Shake to Return as Sponsor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Indy Car Entry for Third Season

STEAK ‘N SHAKE TO RETURN AS SPONSOR OF  RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING’S INDY CAR ENTRY FOR THIRD SEASON

Primary sponsorship to span four races, including the Indy 500 

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 15, 2017) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Steak ‘n Shake, a classic American brand and home of the original Steakburger™ and hand-dipped milkshakes, will return for a third season of sponsorship after a successful partnership in 2015 and 2016.

Steak ‘n Shake will be the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s Honda entry at four Verizon IndyCar Series events in 2017 including races in St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis 500, Mid-Ohio, and a new venue for the partnership – the race at Gateway Motorsports Park, outside St. Louis, a key market for the company.  Maxim Magazine branding will continue to be prominently featured on the race car. Both are owned by Biglari Holdings Inc.

“The partnership with Rahal, Letterman and Lanigan has exceeded all expectations. We’re excited to support such a legendary team in its efforts for another winning season,” said Sardar Biglari, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Biglari Holdings Inc.

In 2017, the sponsorship will build on the successes of previous years with the return of the Steak ‘n Shake bow-tie themed fire suit and the continuation of the signature Graham Rahal Milkshake, created exclusively by Steak ‘n Shake. This season will also include in-store fan events with appearances by Graham Rahal and the #15 Steak ‘n Shake Indy car. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy a new fan event in St. Louis to celebrate the return of IndyCar to one of Steak ‘n Shake’s largest markets in August at Gateway Motorsports Park.

“It’s great to have Steak ‘n Shake on board for another season,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.  “Since the beginning of the partnership, it has been a great pleasure working with Sardar Biglari and everyone at Steak ‘n Shake.  The pride they have in their company and their enthusiasm for Indy car racing is impressive. The fan support also continues to be a source of pride for the team and we can’t thank the fans enough for all of the positive reinforcement.  We are going to do everything in our power to produce another race-winning season for Steak ‘n Shake as well as our other partners.”

In 2016, Graham Rahal was a major factor in two of the most exciting races of the season, the Honda Indy at Barber Motorsports Park where he finished second to eventual champion Simon Pagenaud, and in the Firestone 600, where he won by the closest margin of victory at Texas Motor Speedway and fifth closest in INDYCAR series history.  For the second consecutive year, Rahal ended the season as the highest-ranked Honda-powered driver in fifth place after a total of four podium finishes and eight, top-five finishes.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins March 10-12 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Graham Rahal won the event in 2008 and won pole in 2009 – both feats earned him the distinction of being the youngest in series history to do so.  For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com.

Steak’n Shake returns for it’s third season as a sponsor of Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda (Photo – Trackside Online)

TranSystems Corporation Returns to RLL as an “Official Team Partner” for the Indy Car and Sports Car Programs in Multi Year Deal

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TRANSYSTEMS RETURNS TO RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AS AN “OFFICIAL TEAM PARTNER” FOR THE INDY CAR AND SPORTS CAR PROGRAMS IN MULTI YEAR DEAL

BROWNSBURG, Ind. and HILLIARD, Ohio (December 14, 2016) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that TranSystems Corporation, a consulting firm that provides engineering and architecture solutions to the transportation marketplace, has renewed their role as an “Official Team Partner” for the team’s sports car and Indy car programs as well as an associate sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the Verizon IndyCar Series in a multi-year agreement.  TranSystems Inc. has been a sponsor of the team since 2013.

“We are very proud that TranSystems is renewing their sponsorship of the team,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former late night host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Their involvement is integral to our success and we are pleased to play a part in helping them achieve the goals they have set for the partnership and build their business. It has been a pleasure having them part of the team and we are looking forward to more success together in the future.”

“We are pleased to extend our relationship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said TranSystems Executive Chairman Brian Larson. “Our partnership allows us to share our love of transportation and IndyCar racing with both clients and employees creating a one-of-a-kind experience.”

 

The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season begins on January 28 with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  BMW Team RLL prepares two full season BMW M6 GTLM entries.  The Verizon IndyCar Series season begins on March 12 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  The team prepares a full season entry for Graham Rahal and a second entry for Oriol Servia for the Indianapolis 500.

 

About TranSystems

For 50 years, TranSystems has provided consulting, engineering and architecture solutions to enhance the movement of goods and people across today’s integrated transportation infrastructure. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., its approximately 900 professionals in 34 offices throughout the U.S. perform a broad range of services to all sectors of the transportation and federal marketplaces. Services are delivered throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to construction to long-term operations, maintenance and rehabilitation. Learn more at www.transystems.com .

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Oriol Servia to Return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and Possibly More

ORIOL SERVIA TO RETURN TO RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING FOR THE 2017 INDIANAPOLIS 500 AND POSSIBLY MORE BROWNSBURG, Ind. (December 6, 2016) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Oriol Servia will return to the team for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with the hope of adding more races during the season. Servia competed for the…

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Veteran Engineer Tom German Joins RLL as an Engineering Consultant

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VETERAN ENGINEER TOM GERMAN JOINS RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AS AN ENGINEERING CONSULTANT

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (December 6, 2016) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that respected engineer Tom German has joined the team as an engineering consultant in a multi-year deal. In addition to other notable successes, German has participated in three Indy car championships and one in the NASCAR Nationwide series while with Penske Racing as well as five Indy 500 wins, most recently as 2016 winner Alexander Rossi’s race engineer.

“We are very pleased to welcome Tom to our team.” said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “His record speaks volumes and I have no doubt having Tom work in conjunction with Eddie Jones, Martin Pare, Mike Talbott and Alex Farina will generate much success for all of our drivers, now and in the future.”

In 2016, RLL driver Graham Rahal was a major factor in two of the most exciting races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season — the Honda Indy at Barber Motorsports Park where he finished second to eventual champion Simon Pagenaud, and in the Firestone 600, where he won by the closest margin of victory at Texas Motor Speedway and fifth closest in INDYCAR series history. For the second consecutive year, Rahal ended the season as the highest-ranked Honda-powered driver in fifth place after a total of four podium finishes and eight, top-five finishes.

“I have known Mr. Rahal for a number of years and am impressed with his ability to attract and retain quality people,” said Tom German. “This vision is yielding results; Graham and the team have led the Honda contingent for the past two seasons and established themselves as championship contenders. I appreciate the opportunity to join the team.”

About Tom German
German earned a master’s degree from The MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron. He started his professional racing career at Bridgestone/Firestone in June 1992 through August 1994. German spent the next three years at Patrick Racing before beginning his 14-year stint at Penske Racing from October 1997 through June 2011 where he ultimately held the top technical positions for the INDYCAR and NASCAR teams. During this time, he participated in three Indy car championships (2001-2002 – de Ferran, 2006 – Hornish) and one in NASCAR (2010 – Keselowski) as well as four Indy 500 wins (2001-2002 – Castroneves, 2003 – de Ferran, 2006 – Hornish). He was the chief technical officer at Michael Waltrip Racing for 2013-2014 and most recently, German was a consultant and race engineer at Andretti Autosport for Alexander Rossi’s 2016 Indy 500 and Rookie of the Year-winning program. German is currently the founder and president of ELEVEN (https://elevenbike.com), a custom mountain bike brand based in North Carolina.

About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2017 the team will compete in their 26th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 23 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles, 91 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 – Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. In 2014, BMW Team RLL moved to the GTLM class of the United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and earned six podium finishes including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team earned three wins, two poles and a total of eight podiums to finish second in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships and in 2016, BMW Team RLL added two poles and three podiums with their BMW M6 GTLM entries to bring their current total to 13 wins, 22 poles and 60 podium finishes.

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