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DIGITAL ALLY AND RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING PROVIDE FANS WITH UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS FOR THE 103RD INDIANAPOLIS 500

  First-Ever Live Team Garage Camera Offers Fans an Inside Look at Preparations for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing in a Multi-Year Agreement  BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 13, 2019) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Digital Ally, a company with the mission to provide law enforcement agencies, emergency management, and commercial companies with the highest quality video…

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INDYCAR GRAND PRIX RACE REPORTS

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing INDYCAR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway NTT IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – May 11, 2019 CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS PROVIDED AND EXTRA CHALLENGE IN THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX; RAHAL AND SATO FINISHED NINTH AND 14TH GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We got lucky a little bit with that strategy, we…

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INDYCAR Grand Prix – QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 10, 2019

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing INDYCAR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway NTT IndyCar Series QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 10, 2019 RAHAL EARNED HIS BEST START OF SEVENTH PLACE FOR THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; SATO MATCHED HIS BEST START OF 11TH 1)         Felix Rosenqvist       1:08.2785 / 128.597 mph       (Group 1, Round 3)…

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United Rentals and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Expand Support of SoldierStrong to Include StrongMind; Aims for $1 Million in Donations This Year

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing today announced that it had joined with its sponsor United Rentals, the world’s largest equipment rental provider, to renew their partnership with SoldierStrong, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advanced medical technologies to veterans, for a fourth year, and set a goal of raising $1 million in donations to date through the Turns for Troops program. Today’s announcement was at a press event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in festivities leading up to the Indianapolis 500.

In addition to donating $50 for every lap #15 NTT IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal makes during the season as part of the Turns for Troops program, United Rentals has extended its commitment to include donating $50 for each of the additional RLL Racing drivers, Takuma Sato and Jordan King, during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, totaling $30,000 for SoldierStrong.

Funds from the Turns for Troops program go toward the purchase of state-of-the-art medical technologies and implementation of educational programs. SoldierStrong will apply this year’s Turns for Troops donation in part to their new program, StrongMind, revolutionary virtual reality (VR) therapy software dedicated to improving mental health of veterans with PTSD.

“We’re proud of our partnership with United Rentals and RLL Racing. They are wonderful partners in achieving our mission on behalf of America’s veterans,” said SoldierStrong co-founder Chris Meek. “The mission of StrongMind is to reduce the tragically high number of veteran suicides across the country by coordinating between leading medical researchers, major universities, and various agencies of the federal government to provide revolutionary virtual-reality based PTSD treatment.”

SoldierStrong, working with the VA innovation office, has identified major research-focused VA clinics to begin deploying the StrongMind VR PTSD protocol. As more resources become available, and more clinical testing is complete, SoldierStrong will expand deployment of the StrongMind VR PTSD protocol to VA centers around the country. New research and new technologies open the possibility of more effective, more affordable treatments for PTSD that can make a meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of veterans. And effective treatment of this underlying cause of so many suicide attempts can help dramatically reduce the epidemic of suicides facing America’s veterans.

StrongMind VR therapy is customizable, therapist-lead software developed to combat a rising veteran suicide rate. The technology is multi-sensory – sight, smell, sound and kinetic – and mimics the traumatic memory in a safe, supportive environment. SoldierStrong will deploy the VR PTSD protocol at select VA clinics and additional VA centers as more resources become available.

“We’re proud to partner with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on the Turns for Troops program this year, and excited to expand our support of SoldierStrong and the new StrongMind platform,” said Chris Hummel, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at United Rentals. “At United Rentals, we are powerful advocates for the role of technology in business in our lives. With the new VR technology, SoldierStrong can further leverage technology as a great way to scale resources and help even more veterans in need.”

In 2016, United Rentals and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing first partnered on the Turns for Troops program, donating $50 for every lap #15 driver, Graham Rahal, took during the season. Since then, the program raised just under $600,000 for SoldierStrong, and the goal this year is to top $1 million in donations.

“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with United Rentals and SoldierStrong on the Turns for Troops initiative again this year. United Rentals’ continued dedication to veteran support means a lot to myself and the team,” said Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 United Rentals Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series at Indianapolis 500 this year. “The team at SoldierStrong is literally changing lives and now with the VR technology, they’re only going to expand that reach. I am thrilled to play small part in that.”

Soldier Strong will have a live demo of the VR technology on-site at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We couldn’t be more proud to support SoldierStrong and keep the Turns for Troops program going. Bringing in the whole team is icing on the cake. We commend United Rentals for their continued commitment to those who have served our country,” Said Bobby Rahal, Co-owner of Rahal, Letterman Lanigan Racing.

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After Strong Performances on the Road and Street Courses, Rahal and Sato Look Forward to the INDYCAR Grand Prix

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes INDYCAR Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Round 5 of 17 in the 2019 IndyCar Series DATE:     Friday – Saturday, May 10-11, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:    Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 9:10-9:55 AM and 12:30-1:15 PM.  And Saturday…

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Rahal Took the Checkered Flag Third But Was Dropped to a Fourth Place Finish in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach; Sato Finished Eighth

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Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Round 4 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, April 14, 2019

RAHAL TOOK THE CHECKERED FLAG THIRD BUT WAS DROPPED TO A FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN THE ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; SATO FINISHED EIGHTH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was kind of an unfortunate end to our day to get the penalty but ultimately I think that everybody on this TOTAL Oil team worked really hard this weekend. They knew we were here; we were competitive once again. On the penalty, I stand by my move. I’ve reviewed it, I’ve watched it.  I’ve watched the head on clip, the overhead clip. I moved right as quick as I could out of the corner and then I gave him (Dixon) a lane. By the rules you’re allowed to make your move, which I did on the exit of the corner. That was it. Look, I’m not upset about it. We had a good day. Our car wasn’t great today, but it was decent and the TOTAL Oil team pushed hard. That’s all we can say. Did I block? Yes, I blocked; you’re allowed to block in this series. You’re allowed to make a move, (and) I made a move. That’s allowed. I didn’t go back to the left; there’s a lane to the left. He had overtake (left), I didn’t. If he wanted to go (there) he could go. At the end of the day, P4. Do we deserve P3? Probably, but you know what, it was a good day and good points for us. We haven’t had a lot of luck this season, so I’ll just take it as it is and move on. We’ve got the (Indy) Grand Prix, we’ve got the 500. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll go get a couple of wins there.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started sixth in the 85-laps race and got by Pagenaud on the start for fifth place.  He was the highest ranked driver that opted to start the race on the primary tires. He cycled up to third as the first pit stops started before he made his stop on Lap 28. He reclaimed fifth place but moved into fourth on Lap 34 when Power had an issue and fell back. He held fourth until his second stop on Lap 55 and climbed up to third on Lap 58 after previous third place runner had a fuel issue on his stop.  He held third for the next 28 laps and in the closing stages of the race, Dixon passed Hunter-Reay for fourth on Lap 82 of 85 and closed on Rahal on the final lap but was unable to pass.  After the race, the series ruled that Rahal had blocked him and he had to give up the position so he was scored in fourth… Was his 13th Champ or Indy car race here and 14th overall … His top finish is second place in 2013 with RLL after starting 11th and top start is fifth in 2007 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and he finished eighth after slow fuel flow pit strategy… A recap of results is available upon request… He also competed in the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series race here… 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 moved from 13th in series point standings to ninth with 90 points.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a tough race, no moves really.  I got off the line in eighth and had a good battle with Simon (Pagenaud) in the first two stints.  We tried to undercut on the second stop but unfortunately instead we lost a place to Will (Power) and that was it. There were no yellows and I tried everything I could but it was difficult to get the balance. We had to go to the black tire in the end (stint) because we knew the reds were faster but we just couldn’t get the balance. We will have a road course and speedway test at Indianapolis Motors Speedway. The month of May is always exciting. We are carrying good momentum now so hopefully we have a good, strong test that we can transfer to good results.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started eighth and held his position until the first round of stops began and he cycled into the lead on Lap 29 before he pitted.  He returned to eighth place and took over seventh when Power had an issue on Lap 34. On his second stop on Lap 55, he lost a position to Power in the pits and once he returned to the track, he held eighth until the checkered flag… Was his 10th race here. His highest start and finish here came in 2013 with A.J. Foyt Enterprises when he led 50 laps and won from a fourth place start. The race prior to that was with RLL in 2012 and he led 16 laps and was third when he was hit by Hunter-Reay on the final lap and finished eighth after starting eighth.  His other top-10 start came in 2016 with Foyt (8th) and other top-10 finish was fifth in 2016, also with Foyt… When he arrived to Long Beach last year, he had two series wins but has doubled that entering race weekend this year.  His FOUR IndyCar Series wins include: 2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road.  He has EIGHT 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 road).  He dropped from third to fourth in series point standings with 116 points.

NEXT UP:  The team will test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on April 24 and road course on April 29.

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Rahal and Sato Start Sixth and Eighth in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

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Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Round 4 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, April 13, 2019

RAHAL AND SATO QUALIFIED SIXTH AND EIGHTH FOR THE ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

1)         Alexander Rossi        1:06.4811 / 106.569 mph       (Group 2, Round 3)  
6)         Graham Rahal            1:07.3052 / 105.264 mph       (Group 1, Round 3)  
8)         Takuma Sato             1:07.2626 / 105.330 mph       (Group 1, Round 2)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We were lucky to sneak into the top six. We’re having to work too hard to get the pace.  The rear of the car is just not good enough.  We felt that all weekend.  In the morning’s when the track grip is a little higher, we can get away with it but when it gets hot we struggle, We’ve got to figure that out. We’re going to push hard to get the TOTAL machine a win.  Barber was a huge step forward for us but all year I have felt like we were close to getting into the Fast Six consistently.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 13th Champ or Indy car race here and 14th overall … His top finish is second place in 2013 with RLL after starting 11th and top start is fifth in 2007 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and he finished eighth after slow fuel flow pit strategy… A recap of results is available upon request… He also competed in the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series race here… 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 currently ranked 13th in series point standings with 58 points.

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I don’t think we optimized the reds (alternate Firestone tires). In Q1 (Round 1), due to the red flag, I didn’t get a taste of them to know how they were going to be. Yesterday we struggled so this morning we were chasing around the lap setting.  The first time we used this setup was in qualifying.  We seemed to be okay on the black tire but we just needed to optimize the red tire a bit more. (On whether he can win from eighth:) Everything is possible, nothing is impossible. I would love to be on the podium if I can.  It is extremely tight and extremely competitive which is good for the sport but from the competitors point of view, it is tough. ”

  • FAST FACTS: Most recent winner in the IndyCar Series after winning from pole in Barber. Will be his 10th race here… His highest start and finish here came in 2013 with A.J. Foyt Enterprises when he led 50 laps and won from a fourth place start. The race prior to that was with RLL in 2012 and he led 16 laps and was third when he was hit by Hunter-Reay on the final lap and finished eighth after starting eighth.  His other top-10 start came in 2016 with Foyt (8th) and other top-10 finish was fifth in 2016, also with Foyt… When he arrived to Long Beach last year, he had two series wins but has doubled that entering race weekend this year.  His FOUR IndyCar Series wins include: 2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road.  He has EIGHT 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 road).  He is currently 3rd in series point standings with 91 points.

3 POLES, 6 PODIUMS FOR RLL IN 19 INDY CAR RACES AT LONG BEACH: This marks the 20th 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 2016-2018 although they started from pole in 2016 and led in 2017 and 2018 before issues. Despite not finishing on the podium the past three years, Long Beach is the most successful venue for the team on the current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. The team has won the race three times (2011, 2013 and 2015), has eight podium finishes and started from pole five out of 10 years.

NEXT UP:  Warmup will take place Sunday morning from 9:00-9:30 a.m. PDT.  The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday, April 14.

Rahal Seventh and Sato 18th in Practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Round 4 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, April 12, 2019

RAHAL SEVENTH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH AND SATO 18TH

1)         Scott Dixon                1:07.7940 / 104.505 mph      
7)         Graham Rahal            1:08.1289 / 103.991 mph      
18)       Takuma Sato             1:08.6274 / 102.236 mph                  

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 TOTAL Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a decent day for the TOTAL team.  I think in the end our pace is okay. I think we’ve got to find a couple of tenths to be comfortable. We probably could match what the top guys did.  We caught a little traffic on our first lap on reds and just didn’t get it all. We had to bail out of the second lap too which hurt us so we did our best time on our third lap and it wasn’t a pretty lap.  I think we’re competitive but like always it’s going to be super, super tight. We finished seventh and were only a couple of tenths off. We’ve just got to keep digging and try to find a little more.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 13th Champ or Indy car race here and 14th overall … His top finish is second place in 2013 with RLL after starting 11th and top start is fifth in 2007 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and he finished eighth after slow fuel flow pit strategy… A recap of results is available upon request… He also competed in the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series race here… 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 currently ranked 13th in series point standings with 58 points. 

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “The view from pit out is quite good.  Being there should be a good advantage for the race. It was a tough day.  We did try a couple of different directions. Graham and I split the workload but it feels like we are a step behind at the moment and trying to catch up. We’re learning all the time how to do a proper back-to-back.  There is a lot of work to be done tonight.”

  • FAST FACTS: Most recent winner in the IndyCar Series after winning from pole in Barber. Will be his 10th race here… His highest start and finish here came in 2013 with A.J. Foyt Enterprises when he led 50 laps and won from a fourth place start. The race prior to that was with RLL in 2012 and he led 16 laps and was third when he was hit by Hunter-Reay on the final lap and finished eighth after starting eighth.  His other top-10 start came in 2016 with Foyt (8th) and other top-10 finish was fifth in 2016, also with Foyt… When he arrived to Long Beach last year, he had two series wins but has doubled that entering race weekend this year.  His FOUR IndyCar Series wins include: 2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road, 2019 – Barber road.  He has EIGHT 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 road).  He is currently 3rd in series point standings with 91 points.

3 POLES, 6 PODIUMS FOR RLL IN 19 INDY CAR RACES AT LONG BEACH: This marks the 20th 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 2016-2018 although they started from pole in 2016 and led in 2017 and 2018 before issues. Despite not finishing on the podium the past three years, Long Beach is the most successful venue for the team on the current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. The team has won the race three times (2011, 2013 and 2015), has eight podium finishes and started from pole five out of 10 years.

NEXT UP:  Practice will take place Saturday morning from 9:00-9:45 a.m. PDT and qualifying will take place from 12:10-1:25 PM PDT.  NBCSN will begin live coverage of qualifying at 2:45 p.m. EDT Saturday.  Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday, April 14.

Sato and Rahal Aim to Continue Strong Performance at Barber at Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach — Streets of Long Beach, Calif. Round 4 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series PRE-RACE NOTES  DATE:      Friday – Sunday, April 12-14, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:     Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 1-1:45 p.m. and 5-5:45…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, April 7, 2019  

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Round 3 of 17 in the NTT IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, April 7, 2019 SATO WON HIS INDYCAR FIRST RACE FROM POLE AND FOURTH OVERALL AT THE HONDA INDY GP OF ALABAMA; RAHAL COMFORTABLY RAN SECOND BEFORE A THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR ISSUE OCCURRED…

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