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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.

United Rentals Renews Partnership with RLL; Multi-Year Agreement Includes Primary Sponsorship for Rahal’s Entry at Phoenix and Detroit

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UNITED RENTALS RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING; MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT INCLUDES PRIMARY SPONSORSHIP FOR GRAHAM RAHAL’S ENTRY AT PHOENIX AS WELL AS THE DUALS IN DETROIT

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (November 16, 2016) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that United Rentals Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, has extended their agreement with the team with a new multi-year agreement.  United Rentals will be again be the primary sponsor for the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal in the Chevrolet Duals in Detroit, June 3 and 4, and has added primary sponsorship of the No. 15 entry at Phoenix International Raceway on April 29.  The agreement also calls for United Rentals to be a major associate sponsor on the team’s entry for Rahal during the 2017-2018 seasons and continue on as the Official Equipment Partner of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“We are extremely pleased to have United Rentals expand their relationship with us,” 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.  “We couldn’t ask for a better company to work with, whether it be the quality of their equipment and employees or their commitment to give back to charitable organizations.  They are a first class organization and we are proud to be able to extend our partnership.”

In 2016, the team partnered with United Rentals on the Turns for Troops program that saw $50 donated by United Rentals to Soldier Strong for each racing lap Rahal completed.  Over $100k was donated through the program and Rahal was awarded the “Commitment to Service Award” from Soldier Strong in November for his impact in raising awareness for their organization and the veterans they serve.  On track, 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.

“United Rentals is very excited to extend our relationship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Chris Hummel, chief marketing officer at United Rentals. “The RLL partnership has given us a terrific platform to showcase our equipment solutions and innovative offerings that improve productivity and safety. The entire RLL organization, and Graham Rahal in particular, have also been outstanding supporters of our Turns for Troops program to raise funds in support of wounded servicemen and women.”

United Rentals offers expert construction and industrial equipment rental, trench safety, temporary power, climate control, fluid transfer, tool management and technology services through the largest customer service organization of its kind in North America: 897 rental branches in the United States and Canada. For more information, see www.unitedrentals.com .

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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Rahal Finished Second in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and Fifth in Series Standings

Paraplegic ARMY Sergeant Dan Rose stands for the National Anthem with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner David Letterman at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. ((Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)

Paraplegic ARMY Sergeant Dan Rose stands for the National Anthem with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner David Letterman at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. ((Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway

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RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, September 18, 2016

 

RAHAL FINISHED SECOND IN THE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA INDYCAR SEASON FINALE AND FIFTH IN SERIES STANDINGS

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “For Steak ‘n Shake, United Rentals, Hyatt, PennGrade, all our other sponsors, and especially everyone we had here this weekend supporting us, it was a great way to finish the season. That means a lot. They have been supportive through thick and thin and they came out to support us today. It was also cool to have Sergeant Rose with us. He is paralyzed and he stood for the national anthem with us which was pretty awesome. We would have liked to get another win but we were struggling with the rear (of the car). Overall we had our ups and downs (this season) but I’m really proud of this team and proud to be the top Honda once again. We led the charge for them the last couple of years and they did a great job. I wanted to get (Simon) Pagenaud for the win but when I would get close, my car would get massively loose. I thought at one point that it was just best that I salvage a second place than do something stupid. We’re a one car team and obviously today we were fighting with the big boys — with Penske — who is the standard. To run like we did means a lot. It feels great to go into the off-season like this. Once again we proved that with the quality of the people we have in this organization, keeping their heads down and working hard puts us in the position to fight for wins. I’m proud and honored to work with these guys. We will be better next year.”

 

  • FAST FACTS:Rahal started the race fifth and held the position until his first stop on Lap 15.  He returned to the track in sixth place. Once he passed Daly, who had yet to stop, on Lap 16 he returned to fifth place. Third place Castroneves, who was on a four stop strategy to Rahal’s three-stop one, pitted on Lap 29 and he moved into fourth. Championship contender Will Power, who had previously been second, had gear issues after Lap 30 and Rahal moved to third before his second stop under caution for Power on Lap 36. He returned to the track in fourth place behind Kimball, who was on a four stop strategy. On Lap 42, he passed Kimball for third and moved into second on Lap 50 when Castroneves pitted. He took the lead on Lap 61 when Pagenaud pitted before he went one lap longer and made his final stop on Lap 62. He returned to the track in third place but reclaimed second once Castroneves pitted on Lap 69. He closed to one second on leader Pagenaud for much of the time but the rear of his race car was loose when he got too close and he was unable to make a pass.  He took the checkered flag in second place in his ninth Indy car race here and moved to a fifth place rank in series standings. His earned his best start here of fifth place and best finish of second in 2016. His previous best start was sixth place with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) in 2009 and RLL in 2015 and best finish is fifth with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR) in 2012. He has finished in the top-10 in four of his eight races… In 2015, he started sixth and struggled with the handling of the rear of the race car for the majority of the race and the field also dealt with tire management. He was in sixth place with 9 laps to go when Sebastien Bourdais hit him from behind and he dropped to 19th. Bourdais was penalized for “avoidable contact” and had to serve a drive through but the incident dropped Rahal from a third-place series standing to fourth and he finished the race in 18th place… In 2014, he avoided a multi-car collision on the start in Sonoma and moved from his 14th place qualifying position to 12th. He pit out of sequence on Lap 8 and climbed up to run fourth before his second stop where he pit under caution with Sato and Conway, but those two topped off two additional times before green conditions which helped them later. Rahal climbed back into fourth when the majority of the field pitted during a caution for Saavedra and later passed Briscoe, Kanaan and Conway to take the lead on Lap 64 of 85 which he held until Lap 81 when he had to pit for 2.2 gallons of fuel. Due to extreme fuel conservation, the fuel setting he had been running in didn’t have Pit Lane Speed control and he was given a drive through penalty for speeding when he entered the pits for his splash of fuel and served it on Lap 84 of 85 which ultimately resulted in a 20th place finish… Rahal qualified eighth in 2013, ran as high as sixth but contact while in the middle of a three-wide situation dropped him to the back and he rallied to finish 11th…  He qualified 15th for SCCGR in 2012, started 13th after grid penalties were served and finished fifth…  He qualified 13th for SCCGR in 2011 and finished eighth. In 2010, he qualified 16th with NHR and finished 9th.  Made the final Firestone Fast Six in qualifying six times in the seven road/street races in 2009 and started sixth in Sonoma for NHLR.  Contact on the opening lap with Marco Andretti forced an early stop for a new front wing but his drive shaft broke when he attempted to leave the pits.  After the car was repaired in the garage area, he returned to the track many laps down in 21st position and ultimately retired in the same place after completing 30 of the 75 laps…  He started 15th and finished 8th here in 2008 with NHLR… His top finish overall this season is a win at Texas Motor Speedway (oval) and his top road/street course finishes are second place at Barber Motorsports Park and Sonoma Raceway.  His top start is fifth (Sonoma 2016). He also qualified third for the Indy GP but his car was disqualified for being a few pounds underweight… He ended the season fifth in series standings with a total of 484 points.  

 

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT SONOMA … The race marked the ninth Indy car event for RLL here. The highest start for the team is FIFTH (2016) by Graham Rahal, who also matched the team’s best finish here of second place by Buddy Rice in 2005.

RAHAL EARNED HIS TOP STARTING POSITION OF THE SEASON WITH FIFTH PLACE FOR THE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway Verizon IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, September 17, 2016 RAHAL EARNED HIS TOP STARTING POSITION OF THE SEASON WITH FIFTH PLACE FOR THE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA INDYCAR SEASON FINALE; ALSO HIS TOP START HERE   POLE:             Simon Pagenaud        1:16.2565 /…

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Rahal Set the 16th Fastest Time Overall in Practice for the GoPro GP of Sonoma INDYCAR Season Finale

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PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, September 16, 2016
RAHAL SET THE 16TH FASTEST TIME OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA INDYCAR SEASON FINALE

1) Helio Castroneves 1:16.6678 / 111.990 mph
16) Graham Rahal 1:17.4976 / 110.791 mph (3rd in Practice 1; 20th in Practice 2)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The Steak ‘n Shake Honda was half decent in the first session but in the second practice session we didn’t get to do a new-tire run so it’s very hard to say where we were going to end up had the two red flags not come out. There is a lot of work to be done tonight. We need to come up with some new concepts to change the characteristics of this car.”

* FAST FACTS: Will be his ninth Indy car race here. His best start is sixth place with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) in 2009 and RLL in 2015 and best finish is fifth with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR) in 2012. He has finished in the top-10 in four of his eight races… In 2015, he started sixth and struggled with the handling of the rear of the race car for the majority of the race and the field also dealt with tire management. He was in sixth place with 9 laps to go when Sebastien Bourdais hit him from behind and he dropped to 19th. Bourdais was penalized for “avoidable contact” and had to serve a drive through but the incident dropped Rahal from a third-place series standing to fourth and he finished the race in 18th place… In 2014, he avoided a multi-car collision on the start in Sonoma and moved from his 14th place qualifying position to 12th. He pit out of sequence on Lap 8 and climbed up to run fourth before his second stop where he pit under caution with Sato and Conway, but those two topped off two additional times before green conditions which helped them later. Rahal climbed back into fourth when the majority of the field pitted during a caution for Saavedra and later passed Briscoe, Kanaan and Conway to take the lead on Lap 64 of 85 which he held until Lap 81 when he had to pit for 2.2 gallons of fuel. Due to extreme fuel conservation, the fuel setting he had been running in didn’t have Pit Lane Speed control and he was given a drive through penalty for speeding when he entered the pits for his splash of fuel and served it on Lap 84 of 85 which ultimately resulted in a 20th place finish… Rahal qualified eighth in 2013, ran as high as sixth but contact while in the middle of a three-wide situation dropped him to the back and he rallied to finish 11th… He qualified 15th for SCCGR in 2012, started 13th after grid penalties were served and finished fifth… He qualified 13th for SCCGR in 2011 and finished eighth. In 2010, he qualified 16th with NHR and finished 9th. Made the final Firestone Fast Six in qualifying six times in the seven road/street races in 2009 and started sixth in Sonoma for NHLR. Contact on the opening lap with Marco Andretti forced an early stop for a new front wing but his drive shaft broke when he attempted to leave the pits. After the car was repaired in the garage area, he returned to the track many laps down in 21st position and ultimately retired in the same place after completing 30 of the 75 laps… He started 15th and finished 8th here in 2008 with NHLR… His top finish overall this season is a win at Texas Motor Speedway (oval) and his top road/street course finish is second place at Barber Motorsports Park. His top start is sixth at Barber and Road America. He also qualified third for the Indy GP but his car was disqualified for being a few pounds underweight… He is seventh in series standings with a total of 403 points and is 43 behind fifth place Josef Newgarden (446) and 48 behind third place (Castroneves & Dixon, 451).

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT SONOMA … The race will mark the ninth Indy car event for RLL here. The highest start for the team here is sixth by Buddy Rice in 2005 and Graham Rahal in 2015. The highest finish is second place by Buddy Rice in 2005. Prior to the 2016 event, the team prepared a total of 14 Indy car entries for drivers Buddy Rice (2005-2006), Vitor Meira (2005), Danica Patrick (2005-2006), Jeff Simmons (2006), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-2008), Takuma Sato (2012), James Jakes (2013) and Graham Rahal (2013-2015). The team has earned one podium (2nd – Rice 2005), one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake entry for Graham Rahal will bring the Indy car total to 15 entries in 2016.

NEXT UP: Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 11:00-11:45 a.m. ET and qualifying will be 3:05 – 4:20. NBCSN will air a special championship/qualifying show live from 5:00-7:30 ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions not televised from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 6:30 PM ET Sunday, September 18.

Rahal Aims for Strong Finish in both the GoPro GP of Sonoma and the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Season Standings

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway Pre-Race Notes Season-Finale in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series NEWS & NOTES: DATE: September 16-18, 2016 PRACTICE BROADCAST: *NEW* Saturday, September 17 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. QUALIFYING BROADCAST: Saturday, September 17 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network;…

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Rahal Retired in 21st Place After Contact in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen

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RAHAL RETIRED IN 21ST PLACE AFTER CONTACT IN THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing / RLL Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I had a great run on Kimball, I got inside, completed the pass and he decided not to give me any room on the exit. That was a hard hit, probably the hardest I’ve taken in my life, ovals included. It’s a shame. We were looking really good before that yellow (Aleshin).  My United Rentals car was phenomenal. We were able to move up and pass more cars than I thought we could, save a lot of overtakes and our tires were better than everybody else.  We were just taking our time and saving a ton of fuel looking to go longer on that stint than anybody. But then the caution came out which was a little unlucky but I thought we could bounce back from it.  Unfortunately we got back there with Kimball. I have to take blame too because I put myself in that position. I should know better than to race him like that. It’s disappointing and I’m a little ticked off. I disagreed heavily with the penalty yesterday that put us back there in the first place. And when you take an impact like, that the guys are going to have a heck of a lot of work to get this fixed for the Sonoma test on Thursday. I don’t know if this car is even repairable, the tub was bad. It’s a great crowd at Watkins Glen. We can’t thank everybody enough.  With our Turns for Troops program with United Rentals, $50 for every lap completed goes to Soldier Strong and we were tied for the most laps completed until today.  This put a dent in that total.”

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started 20th after his qualifying penalty on Saturday.  He started the race on primary Firestone tires and most utilized the softer, alternate Firestones.  He passed a car on the opening lap and after a multi-car incident, he was up to 15th. He passed Hunter-Reay for 14th on Lap 3 and steadily moved up to eighth place as the pit cycle was in progress. He had been saving fuel to extend the stint as long as possible and gain positions but Aleshin crashed and brought out the first caution on Lap 14.  Once the pits opened, Rahal pitted from eighth place on Lap 16. He returned to the track in 18th place with the top 11 having made their first stops on Lap 14 or before. On the restart, he was passing Charlie Kimball and contact between the two forced him head-on into the tire barrier on Lap 19.  He retired in 20st place… The INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen marked Graham Rahal’s third race here. In 2008, he qualified 18th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) after a Saturday practice crash and finished eighth… In 2009, he qualified fifth with NHLR but lost 10 starting positions when his car was ruled to be too light in a tech inspection and he started 15th. He ran as high as second but the wrong fuel strategy contributed to a 13th place finish… He did not compete in the 2010 race… His top finish overall this season is a win at Texas Motor Speedway (oval) and his top road/street course finish is second place at Barber Motorsports Park.  His top start is sixth at Barber and Road America. He also qualified third for the Indy GP but his car was disqualified for being a few pounds underweight… Rahal moved from seventh to sixth in series standings with a total of 403 points and is 24 behind fifth place Tony Kanaan (427) and 48 behind third place (Castroneves & Dixon tied with 451).

NEXT UP:  The series will take next weekend off and return to action Sept. 16-18 for the season-finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.  The team will join the majority of the field at a test at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday, September 8.

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