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Keihin Extends Relationship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Returns as a Full Season Associate Sponsor in 2020

KEIHIN EXTENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AND RETURNS AS A FULL-SEASON ASSOCIATE SPONSOR IN 2020
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 13, 2020) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Keihin North America, a leading manufacturer of precision technology parts for both the automotive and powersports industry, continues as a full-season associate sponsor for the team’s 2020 NTT IndyCar Series entries for Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato.  The relationship began in 2017 when Keihin was an associate sponsor of Rahal’s entry in the Indianapolis 500 and grew into a full season sponsorship in 2018 on both team entries for Rahal and 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.

“Keihin has been an enthusiastic partner since the beginning of our relationship and we couldn’t be happier to have them continue their program.” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and businessman Mike Lanigan.  “We have been able to build an incredible foundation of partnerships with blue chip companies over the years and Keihin is no exception. As a Honda dealer, this partnership also brings me great satisfaction as I have always been impressed with the quality of their advanced componentry.”

“Keihin North America is thrilled to extend our existing partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing into the 2020 season,” added Edward Flanagan, Assistant Vice President and General Manager of Keihin North America. “The value of the branding strategy we have implemented these past few years with RLL has not only allowed us to increase interest in Keihin’s capabilities within automotive part manufacturing in North America, but we have also experienced an increase in our associates’ pride for the company, and a passion to root for such a legendary team.  Global Keihin takes great pride in this relationship.”

The 17-race 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season begins March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  All races will be televised live on NBC or NBC Sports. For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com.

NEW VENUE SET FOR 2020 GRAHAM & COURTNEY RAHAL FOUNDATION ANNUAL DRIVERS TOURNAMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 13, 2019
Indianapolis, IN – Motorsports power couple Graham Rahal and Courtney Force will once again host their annual Drivers Tournament powered by United Rentals. Benefitting the charitable partners of the Graham & Courtney Rahal Foundation, it is a uniquely styled golf outing filled with one-of-a-kind auction items, special guests, and interactive vendors throughout the course. The event will now take place less than five miles away from the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Country Club of Indianapolis on Thursday, May 21, just three days before the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“Courtney and I are honored to host the Drivers Tournament again this year with the help of our gracious sponsors, including United Rentals,” said Graham Rahal. “Everyone who gets involved with this is directly impacting our two very worthy causes, SoldierStrong and CSU’s One Cure.”

The event is presented by United Rentals, the largest equipment rental company in the world. Funds raised through the tournament will be directed to two non-profit organizations: Turns for Troops / SoldierStrong USA and Colorado State University’s One Cure.

“United Rentals has been proud to partner with the Graham & Courtney Rahal Foundation on their Drivers Tournament, benefitting Turns for Troops and One Cure,” said United Rentals Chief Marketing Officer Chris Hummel. “This annual event has become a highlight of our ‘Month of May’ service activities leading up to the Indianapolis 500 and has generated significant support for important veteran programs and cancer research. We are excited to return as the title sponsor of the tournament in 2020 and hope to see the event – and its impact – continue to grow.”

Turns for Troops was founded by United Rentals, a longtime supporter of veterans’ causes, in partnership with Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL). The initiative supports SoldierStrong, a program that helps fund education, rehabilitation and life-changing technologies for military veterans with combat-related injuries. One Cure, an initiative by the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, joined Rahal and RLL as a partner in 2018 to raise awareness and funds to support its program, which strives to find a cure for cancer in both dogs and people through comparative oncology.

“One Cure is making strides against cancer in both pets and people thanks to supporters like the Graham and Courtney Rahal Foundation,” said One Cure’s Program Lead Dr. Christine Hardy. “The support from the last two years of the GCRF Drivers Tournament allowed us to move a novel treatment that showed great results in pet dogs with advanced bone cancer to children with the same disease at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Support from this year’s tournament will fund more critical research so we can continue to race for One Cure for pets and people.”

The 2019 sold-out event raised a record amount of $310,000. The 2020 Drivers Tournament has gained the support of companies and individuals, both within IndyCar and throughout the community. To participate in the Drivers Tournament, provide other support, or donate please contact Brooke Shuman.

STATEMENT FROM BOBBY RAHAL ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, NTT INDYCAR SERIES AND IMS PRODUCTIONS IS BEING ACQUIRED BY PENSKE ENTERTAINMENT CORP. 

Bobby Rahal:

“Roger Penske’s commitment to the sport we love is over six decades long and I am confident that his stewardship of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series will ensure a great future for the sport. His many successful business ventures underline the fact that he is the perfect custodian of one of the most historic venues in the world and is the perfect architect to build the foundation for the next 100-plus years of the sport. We look forward to working with Roger in order to make the IndyCar Series and the Indy 500 the best it’s ever been.”

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CANON SOLUTIONS AMERICA TO BECOME OFFICIAL TEAM SUPPLIER FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING’S INDYCAR SERIES PROGRAM

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 14, 2019) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today that Canon Solutions America, Inc. has become an Official Team Supplier for Printing and Productivity Solutions for the NTT IndyCar Series program. As part of the multi-year agreement, Canon Solutions America will outfit the team’s offices, race shop and transporters with a line of office…

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Rahal Finished 12th in the Firestone Grand Prix and 10th in Series Standings; Sato Dropped to a Ninth Place Rank After Being Hit and Finishing 21st

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 22, 2019

RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY AND 10TH IN SERIES STANDINGS; SATO DROPPED THREE PLACES TO END THE SEASON RANKED NINTH AFTER HE WAS HIT IN THE RACE AND FINISHED 21ST

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Today was a tough day. I thought at times that we had decent pace and at other times we really struggled with the rear of the car. We’re just missing a little something. We’ve been close this year but not quite there. I’m proud of our mechanics and all of the guys for keeping their heads down and continuing to work hard. It wasn’t the easiest of years but everyone stayed positive and fought until the end. We’re thankful for all of our partners and looking forward to 2020.”

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started eighth and lost two positions on the start to Hunter-Reay and Ferrucci. He dropped to 11th on Lap 5 when Rosenqvist passed him. He cycled as high as fifth place before his second pit stop on Lap 39 but ran 10th for the majority of his next stint before his third and final stop. He came out 11th and later lost a position to Hunter-Reay on Lap 68 of 90 and ultimately took the checkered flag 12th… His highest start of the season is second at Barber and his highest finish is third at Texas Motor Speedway… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He dropped from 9th to 10th in series point standings with a total of 389 points.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think the season was great. It was a little bit up and down of course but we achieved a couple of pole positions, a couple of podiums and two wins and I think it was a great season. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. We had some difficult circumstances but the team was fully behind me and I was able to push all the way through the season.  In the race, we had some issues and a mechanical failure in the end. It is a shame that we couldn’t finish high and try to get fifth in the championship. In the end we dropped significantly in the standings. The No. 30 car ran beautifully this season with Graham and I pushing each other all season.  We will come back even stronger next season and I’m really looking forward to that. Thank you to everyone for their support.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started the race 16th and was one of three drivers to elect to start on primary tires. He gained a position on the start but later dropped two positions on the end of the opening lap. He was the second driver to make a stop when he pitted on Lap 10 of 90 to replace the primary tires. After dropping to the back, he moved up to run right behind Rahal in 12th by Lap 30. He cycled up to 10th before his second stop on Lap 36 and was in 11th place when a caution came out for contact between Daly and Andretti on Lap 45. After the restart, Ferrucci hit Sato in Turn 2 and dropped him to 21st place. Based on the positions that drivers were running in, he was still on target to finish the season sixth in points. He moved up to 19th but later pit to check for damage to the race car from the previous incident that impacted the steering. He continued to race in an attempt to salvage points and took the checkered flag in 21st place but lost three positions in the series standings due to the double points race… Was his first race hereHighest start of the season is pole at Barber (road) and Texas (oval) and his highest finish is his win at Barber and St. Louis… Has FIVE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval) and NINE poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval; 2019 Barber, Texas oval)…  He dropped from sixth to 9th in series point standings with a total of 415 points.
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RAHAL AND SATO TO START EIGHTH AND 16TH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY INDYCAR SEASON FINALE

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NTT IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – September 21, 2019 1)         Colton Herta              1:10.1405 / 114.867 mph      (Group 2; Round 3) 8)         Graham Rahal           1:10.6296 / 114.071 mph       (Group 2; Round 2) 16)       Takuma…

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RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING EXTENDS AND STRENGHTENS RELATIONSHIP WITH HONDA

Multi-year partnership will see the relationship reach the 30-year mark BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 21, 2019) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team has extended its partnership with Honda Performance Development (HPD), who will continue to power their entries in 2020 and beyond in a multi-year deal. This season marked the 25th for…

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Sato and Rahal Set the 12th and 20th Fastest Times in Practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – September 20, 2019

SATO AND RAHAL SET THE 12TH AND 20TH FASTEST TIMES IN PRACTICE FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY INDYCAR SEASON FINALE

1)         Ryan Hunter-Reay    1:09.9105 / 115.244 mph       
12)       Takuma Sato             1:10.4468 / 114.367 mph       
20)       Graham Rahal           1:10.8807 / 113.667 mph       

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “With the track temps coming up like they did, we just lost too much grip and competitiveness which is frustrating. We will try to figure it out for tomorrow. It’s obviously important to finish the season strong and maximizing the double-points race is key.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first Indy car race here…  His highest start of the season is second at Barber and his highest finish is third at Texas Motor Speedway… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He is ninth in series point standings with a total of 353.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 ABeam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a quite productive day. Yesterday’s test day definitely helped us to understand more what the car needs.  We did a lot experimenting yesterday and we put everything together today and the car seems to be working better. There is still a ways to go but we are pointed in the right direction.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first race hereHighest start of the season is pole at Barber (road) and Texas (oval) and his highest finish is his win at Barber and St. Louis… Has FIVE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval) and NINE poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval; 2019 Barber, Texas oval)…  He is sixth in series standings with a total of 397 points.

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT LAGUNA SECA … Will mark the 13th Indy car event for RLL at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and first since 12 consecutive races here from 1992-2003. The team has also competed in ALMS and IMSA races here since 2009 as BMW Team RLL and has earned three wins, three poles and a total of 10 podium finishes to date – including pole last weekend and a second-place finish.  The Indy car team has earned three wins, three poles and a total of six podiums (1st – Herta 1998-1999; Papis 2001; 2nd – Herta 1996; 3rd: B. Rahal 1992, Papis 1999).  The team won three straight pole positions (Herta 1997-1999).  Prior to the 2019 event, the team prepared a total of 21 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), and Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03).

NEXT UP:  Practice 3 will take place tomorrow from 10:00-10:45 a.m. PT and qualifying will take place from 1:35-2:50 p.m. ETNBCSN will broadcast qualifying coverage at 4:30 PM ET Saturday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 2:30 PM ET Sunday, September 22.

Rahal and Sato Optimistic of a Strong Season Finale at One of the Team’s Most Successful Tracks — WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Round 17 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series DATE:     September 20-22, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:     Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 1:30-2:15 p.m. and 5:10-6:40 p.m.  And Saturday from…

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An Opening Lap Crash Damaged Sato’s Car and He Ultimately Finished 15th; Rahal Retired in 23rd Place After Opening Lap Crash

Grand Prix of Portland – Portland, Oregon
NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 1, 2019

AN OPENING LAP CRASH DAMAGED SATO’S CAR AND HE ULTIMATELY FINISHED 15TH; RAHAL RETIRED IN 23RD AFTER OPENING LAP CRASH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I messed up. I misjudged it bad and take it on the chin. To be honest I lost my depth there a little bit in the pack.  Obviously I misjudged it by not just a little, but by quite a lot. I’m disappointed, not just for myself but also for the guys we affected. It hurt Takuma as well.  At the start, the pace was fine and all that but I screwed up. I’m sorry for One Cure and everyone else.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started 15th and misjudged the braking point into the first turn on the opening lap which resulted in a multi-car crash.  His race car was placed outside the track and the team could not attempt to repair it and continue. He retired in 23rd place… Was the fifth overall race for Graham at PIR and third in the headline event.  Last year, he started 10th and had gotten through Turns 1 and 2, which was expected to be action-packed at the start, and after getting through Turn 2 Zach Veach squeezed James Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Scott Dixon and his then teammate Ed Jones.  Rahal’s car was too damaged to continue so it was towed back to the paddock and after more than one hour he returned to the track to complete a handful of laps to collect two championship points, which was the maximum possible. This move helped him at season’s end. He competed in the 2007 Champ Car World Series race where he started eighth and finished ninth in his rookie season for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.  He started from pole in the Atlantics race here in 2006 but was hit by Simon Pagenaud on Lap 1 and finished 27th.  In 2005, he earned his first professional win at PIR in the Star Mazda race after starting fourth and winning by a margin of 0.0317 seconds over James Hinchcliffe.  His highest start of the season is second at Barber and his highest finish is third at Texas Motor Speedway… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015…Rahal dropped from eighth to ninth in series point standings with a total of 353.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “All I could see was just a mess in front of me (on the start). I tried to avoid everything but somebody’s car went outside and straight into the escape road so I couldn’t turn hard left. All I could do was just go straight and unfortunately a car went inside coming toward me, which I couldn’t avoid so we had a damaged sidepod, aero and toe link so we had to repair it and I ended up two laps down.  We tried everything we could but we gained a few positions as some retired but it was a tough day for us.’

  • FAST FACTS: Started 17th and was hit during the aftermath of the opening-lap crash. He had to pit to repair damage to his right rear tow link and bodywork and ultimately went two laps down.  He took the checkered flag 15th and maintained his sixth place series rank… Was the defending winner of the event after starting 20th in his first event here in 2018.  He led a total of 23 laps including the final 20 on what was largely a two-stop strategy plus an early pit to top off on fuel during an opening lap caution that took out four cars including his teammate Rahal. On the start, he avoided a multi-car crash and once the pits opened during the caution, he pit to top off his fuel and returned to the track in 16th place.  Topping off on fuel enabled him to cycle as high as second when he made his second stop for tires and fuel on Lap 39.  He returned to the track in 17th place and maintained a good pace to those on two and three-stop strategies. He moved up to 10th on Lap 45 when drivers ahead took advantage of the caution for Will Power and pit. He passed Chaves for 9th on Lap 47 and held the position until three-stoppers began to pit. He was in seventh place when a caution came out for Veach. As the front runners pit during the caution, he stayed on track and cycled to second place.  When the race went green on Lap 60/105, he held second place behind Ryan Hunter-Reay for a total of 14 laps before Hunter-Reay have to make another stop.  He took over the lead on Lap 71 and held it until he made his final stop on Lap 76. He returned to the track in second place to Max Chilton, who still had to pit. A caution came out for Ferrucci. The race went green on Lap 81 and Chilton pit for fuel on Lap 85. Sato had a 0.74-second lead over Hunter-Reay which he build to one second by Lap 100 of 105. He held off Hunter-Reay and took the checkered flag 0.6084 ahead of him to win… His highest start of the season is pole at Barber (road) and Texas (oval) and his highest finish is his win at Barber and St. Louis… Has FIVE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road, St. Louis short oval) and NINE poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval; 2019 Barber, Texas oval).  He maintained his sixth-place rank in series standings with a total of 397 points.
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