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Rahal Ran as High as Fifth in the Firestone GP of St. Pete But Was Penalized for Avoidable Contact and Finished 15th

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Verizon IndyCar Series
NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, March 29, 2015

RAHAL RAN AS HIGH AS FIFTH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG AFTER STARTING 15TH BUT WAS PENALIZED FOR AVOIDABLE CONTACT AND FINISHED 11TH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The car was really good, I was very pleased with it. I thought we had a car that could have won today. When we got into fifth place after passing Bourdais in Turn 1, Pagenaud in Turn 4 and then Charlie, I had Helio in my sights. I was strong on restarts so I thought I would be able to fight my way up there and catch up to Power. I knew we had reds (alternate tires) to come which in the end proved to be a strong suit. But then we got penalized. Kimball had a broken car and I didn’t know what he was doing. He was so slow off of Turn 9 that I thought he was pulling over and then he accelerates into the kink. He had a broken car and was slow. I went inside of him and then he broke deep. He was cranking in well before the apex so I was trying to bail out and I just tapped him. Sure enough, I dive inside him and he comes over. It’s a shame because the car was good today.”

FAST FACTS: Rahal started 15th and gained three spots on the first lap and ran as high as fifth place midway through the race but was penalized for “avoidable contact” after he made contact while trying to pass the damaged car of Charlie Kimball. He dropped to the back of the field and ultimately finished 11th in the 110 lap race… Made his eighth start at this track today. His best start here is pole in 2009 and best finish is a win in 2008 in his IndyCar Series debut – both history-making moments as the youngest driver to do so… In 2014, the start of qualifying was delayed over three hours after an afternoon storm. Rahal was in Group 1 that ran on a wet track on rain tires. Conditions improved as each of the three rounds took place and teams switched to “slick” tires. Rahal lost control of the car on the slick course and made contact with a tire barrier which brought out a red flag. His two fastest laps were omitted, one of which was sixth fastest and would have allowed him to progress to Round 2 and start in the top-12. On the opening lap, Rahal charged from his 21st place starting spot to 12th and was in 14th when he made his first pit stop. Different pit strategies played out in a race that saw only 10 caution laps of 110 total. In the closing laps of the race, Rahal was 13th but lost a position to Bourdais with two laps to go and finished 14th… Qualified 15th in 2013 for RLL and was in ninth place when the team discovered an electrical issue on Lap 22 under caution that shut the engine off intermittently 6-7 times and dropped him to 21st place. He soldiered on to finish 13th… He qualified 11th in 2012 and finished 12th and qualified 12th in 2011 and finished 17th – both for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). He qualified 16th and finished 9th for Sarah Fisher Racing in 2010. While with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he won pole in 2009 and finished seventh and qualified ninth, led 19 laps and won in his series debut in 2008 at the age of 19 years, 93 days old… His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old.

NEXT UP: The series will take next weekend off before reconvening for the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park. The race will be broadcast on NBCSN beginning at 3:00 PM ET Sunday, April 12.

NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Verizon IndyCar Series

RAHAL QUALIFIED 15TH FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON OPENER

POLE:             Will Power                 1:01.4709 / 105.416 mph       (Round 3; Group 2)

15th:               Graham Rahal           1:02.1850 / 104.205 mph       (Round 1, Group 1)  

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We just seem to struggle with power down. We were only a couple of hundredths (of a second) away from advancing to Round 2 so if we can figure out how to maximize power down and get off the corner well enough, we will be in a better position. In fact the lap before my best lap was a tenth (of a second) better down the front straight and that’s probably the tenth we needed to advance. It’s going to be a long day of work tomorrow starting from 15th. I think we’ll be okay in the race but starting from where we are is going to make for a long day.”

FAST FACTS: In qualifying today, Rahal was eighth fastest in Group 1 of Round 1 with a lap time of 1:01.5742. He was less than three-hundredths of a second away from sixth fastest Simona de Silvestro, who advanced to Round 2 with a lap time of 1:01. 5475… Will make his eighth start at this track.  His best start here is pole in 2009 and best finish is a win in 2008 in his IndyCar Series debut – both history-making moments as the youngest driver to do so… In 2014, the start of qualifying was delayed over three hours after an afternoon storm. Rahal was in Group 1 that ran on a wet track on rain tires. Conditions improved as each of the three rounds took place and teams switched to “slick” tires. Rahal lost control of the car on the slick course and made contact with a tire barrier which brought out a red flag. His two fastest laps were omitted, one of which was sixth fastest and would have allowed him to progress to Round 2 and start in the top-12.  On the opening lap, Rahal charged from his 21st place starting spot to 12th and was in 14th when he made his first pit stop. Different pit strategies played out in a race that saw only 10 caution laps of 110 total. In the closing laps of the race, Rahal was 13th but lost a position to Bourdais with two laps to go and finished 14th… Qualified 15th in 2013 for RLL and was in ninth place when the team discovered an electrical issue on Lap 22 under caution that shut the engine off intermittently 6-7 times and dropped him to 21st place. He soldiered on to finish 13th… He qualified 11th in 2012 and finished 12th and qualified 12th in 2011 and finished 17th – both for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR).  He qualified 16th and finished 9th for Sarah Fisher Racing in 2010.  While with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he won pole in 2009 and finished seventh and qualified ninth, led 19 laps and won in his series debut in 2008 at the age of 19 years, 93 days old… His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old.

EIGHTH ST. PETE EVENT FOR RLL: This will mark the eighth IndyCar race for the team in St. Pete and the 13th car entered. The team prepared Indy cars for Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Buddy Rice (2005, 2006), Vitor Meira (2005), Jeff Simmons (2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2014) and James Jakes (2013) prior to this year. The team led 11 laps with Takuma Sato in 2012 and four laps with Hunter-Reay in 2008 (G. Rahal won w/NHLR) and has earned three top-10 finishes with the best being fifth by Meira in 2005.  The highest starting position by the team is sixth place by Hunter-Reay in 2008.

NEXT UP:  Morning warm-up will take place tomorrow from 12:00-12:30 p.m. ET and the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised live on ABC beginning at 3:00 PM ET Sunday, March 29.

 

Rain Limited Running on Day 1 in St. Pete IndyCar Season Opener; Rahal was 13th Overall in Practice and Fourth Fastest Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Verizon IndyCar Series
NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, March 27, 2015

RAIN LIMITED RUNNING ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG INDYCAR SEASON OPENER; RAHAL WAS 13TH OVERALL IN PRACTICE AND FOURTH FASTEST HONDA

1) Will Power 1:01.4709 / 105.416 mph (Set in Practice 1; no cars ran in P2)
13) Graham Rahal 1:02.1850 / 104.205 mph (Set in Practice 1; no cars ran in P2)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We would have liked to have gotten back on track for the second session to see if we could improve but it didn’t make sense to run in the rain because the weather the rest of the weekend looks good so there was nothing to be gained. I thought the car was decent in the first session but we have a little work to do to make some improvements. We are in the thick of it but we need to find a little more speed to leap us up to the next group of guys. I feel okay about the day though. If we find ourselves a couple of tweaks, we can shuffle ourselves up the grid. There is more work to be done Saturday and I’m looking forward to getting out there.”

FAST FACTS: Will make his EIGHTH start at this track. His best start here is pole in 2009 and best finish is a win in 2008 in his IndyCar Series debut – both history-making moments as the youngest driver to do so… In 2014, the start of qualifying was delayed over three hours after an afternoon storm. Rahal was in Group 1 that ran on a wet track on rain tires. Conditions improved as each of the three rounds took place and teams switched to “slick” tires. Rahal lost control of the car on the slick course and made contact with a tire barrier which brought out a red flag. His two fastest laps were omitted, one of which was sixth fastest and would have allowed him to progress to Round 2 and start in the top-12. On the opening lap, Rahal charged from his 21st place starting spot to 12th and was in 14th when he made his first pit stop. Different pit strategies played out in a race that saw only 10 caution laps of 110 total. In the closing laps of the race, Rahal was 13th but lost a position to Bourdais with two laps to go and finished 14th… Qualified 15th in 2013 for RLL and was in ninth place when the team discovered an electrical issue on Lap 22 under caution that shut the engine off intermittently 6-7 times and dropped him to 21st place. He soldiered on to finish 13th… He qualified 11th in 2012 and finished 12th and qualified 12th in 2011 and finished 17th – both for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). He qualified 16th and finished 9th for Sarah Fisher Racing in 2010. While with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he won pole in 2009 and finished seventh and qualified ninth, led 19 laps and won in his series debut in 2008 at the age of 19 years, 93 days old… His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old.

EIGHTH ST. PETE EVENT FOR RLL: This will mark the eighth IndyCar race for the team in St. Pete and the 13th car entered. The team prepared Indy cars for Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Buddy Rice (2005, 2006), Vitor Meira (2005), Jeff Simmons (2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2014) and James Jakes (2013) prior to this year. The team led 11 laps with Takuma Sato in 2012 and four laps with Hunter-Reay in 2008 (G. Rahal won w/NHLR) and has earned three top-10 finishes with the best being fifth by Meira in 2005. The highest starting position by the team is sixth place by Hunter-Reay in 2008.

NEXT UP: Practice will take place tomorrow from 12:30-1:15 p.m. ET. Qualifying will take place from 4:15-5:30 PM. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com. The season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised live on ABC at 3:00 PM ET Sunday, March 29.

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

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

 

Round 1 of 16 in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series

 

DATE:                                   FridaySunday, March 27-29, 2015

QUALIFYING BROADCAST:       Live on the IMS Radio Network andwww.indycar.com (timing & scoring + commentating)

RACE BROADCAST:                       Live on ABC, Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET

RADIO BROADCAST:                     The race will air on IMS Radio Network, XM 209 & Sirius 213

TRACK LAYOUT:                            1.8-mile, 14-turn street course

RACE LENGTH:                               110 laps / 198 miles

2014 WINNER:                  Will Power

2014 POLESITTER:                        Takuma Sato (1:01.8668; 104.738 mph)

 

RLLR TOP START/

FINISH AT ST. PETE:                     6th by Hunter-Reay in 2008 (led 4) / 5th by Meira in 2005; will be 7th event

 

  1. RAHAL’S BEST START/

FINISH IN ST. PETE:                      1st in 2009 / 1st in 2008; will be his eighth race here

 

RAHAL’S HIGHEST SERIES

START/FINISH:                                Pole at St. Pete 2009 & Kansas 2009 / 1st in St. Pete in 2008

NEWS & NOTES:

 RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ST. PETE

The 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will mark the eighth IndyCar Series race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) in St. Petersburg. RLL has entered the No. 15 Mi-Jack entry for Graham Rahal.  The team prepared Indy cars for Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Buddy Rice (2005, 2006), Vitor Meira (2005), Jeff Simmons (2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013-2014) and James Jakes (2013) prior to this year. The team led 11 laps with Takuma Sato in 2012 and four laps with Hunter-Reay in 2008 (G. Rahal won w/NHLR) and has earned three top-10 finishes with the best being fifth by Meira in 2005.  The highest starting position by the team is sixth place by Hunter-Reay in 2008.

 

2014 ST. PETE RACE RECAP

The start of qualifying was delayed in 2014 for more that three hours after an afternoon storm. Rahal was in Group 1 that ran on a wet track on rain tires. Conditions improved as each of the three rounds took place and teams installed racing “slick” tires. Rahal lost control of the car on the slick course and made contact with a tire barrier which brought out a red flag. His two fastest laps were omitted, one of which was sixth fastest and would have allowed him to progress to Round 2 and start in the top-12.  Instead Ryan Briscoe advanced.  On the opening lap of the race, Rahal charged from his 21st place starting spot to 12th and was in 14th when he made his first pit stop. Different pit strategies played out in a race that saw only 10 caution laps of 110 total. In the closing laps of the race, Rahal was 13th but lost a position to Bourdais with two laps to go and finished 14th.

 

GRAHAM AND HIS HISTORY-MAKING APPEARANCES IN ST. PETE

In 2015, Graham will compete in his eighth event here.  After his history-making win here in 2008 with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) at the age of 19 years, 93 days, he won pole in 2009 with NHLR to also become the youngest pole winner in series history.  He was hit from behind on the opening lap and finished seventh. In his other races here, he started 21st in 2014 (details above) and finished 14th.  In 2013, he qualified 15th for RLL and was in ninth place when the team discovered an electrical issue on Lap 22 under caution that shut the engine off intermittently 6-7 times and dropped him to 21st place. He soldiered on to finish 13th. He qualified 11th in 2012 and finished 12th and qualified 12th in 2011 and finished 17th – both for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR).  He qualified 16th and finished 9th for Sarah Fisher Racing in 2010.  While with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he won pole in 2009 and finished seventh and qualified ninth, led 19 laps and won in his series debut in ‘08 at the age of 19 years, 93 days old.

He is one of four former previous race winners entered this year: James Hinchcliffe (2013), Helio Castroneves (2006, 2007 and 2012), Will Power (2010, 2014) and Graham Rahal (2008).

 

RAHAL ON A NEW SEASON AND THE AERO PACKAGE

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marks the competition debut of aerodynamic bodywork kits designed, manufactured and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Cars will be differentiated by their shape on the street course as the manufacturers have designed separate aero kit specifications for road and street course/short ovals and speedways for the Dallara IR-12 chassis. References to the cars will incorporate the name of the corresponding manufacturer.  After test sessions where Rahal and RLL were either the fastest Honda or near the top of the time sheets, Rahal is looking forward to the season-opener even more.

“I’m excited to race again in St. Petersburg,” said Rahal. “For me, St. Pete has always been one of the best tracks, one of the best places we go all year, a place that I just love. Because of the fact that I got my first win and my first pole there, it has always had a sweet spot in my heart. The town has always embraced the racing and I’ve enjoyed that. More than anything, I’m ready to just get this season going. It’s such a long off-season that I feel like we’re kind of behind.  The team has been doing such a great job and I’m just thrilled to get this thing going. I think its going to be a great year; I’m excited and ready to go.

“St. Pete is going to be interesting because it will be our first hard run with the new aero kits. The car seems to be handling everything pretty well; durability seems to be pretty good. At the end of the day, I think everybody is ready to get to St. Pete. Honda is ready to perform and I think we can lead the charge for them and hopefully do a great job. It’s going to be tough, tricky to see how this all plays out. We’re going to have to be very cautious of contact and make sure that we are staying clean and sharp. All in all, I’m really excited to get going.”

 

NEW FOR 2015

The first of three key appointments for the Verizon IndyCar Series program is Mike Talbott, who was most recently senior trackside engineer with Wirth Research in support of Honda Performance Development’s Indy car program and worked with Graham Rahal at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) in 2008. Talbott leads the vehicle dynamics program.  Martin Pare, who was race engineer for Rahal at NHLR from 2009-2010 and at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011-2012 is head of the vehicle ride control development program.  Derek Davidson moved from being chief mechanic to James Jakes (2013) and Oriol Servia (2014) to crew chief. Donny Stewart remains the chief mechanic for Graham Rahal on the No. 15 entry as he has been since 2013. In addition, team manager Ricardo Nault and race engineer Eddie Jones will relay race strategy information to Graham. Bobby Rahal provided that information in 2013 and 2014.

 

MIKE TALBOTT ON THE WELCOME CHALLENGES OF THE NEW AERO PACKAGE

Manufacturer competition between Chevrolet and Honda returned to the series in 2012. For the 2015 season, this extends to new aerodynamic configuration each manufacturer debuted recently.  Mike Talbott, who leads the vehicle dynamics program for RLL, is optimistic of the team’s progress with the aero kit.

“Since we received the data for the aero kit, we have been analyzing it in comparison to the old car to understand the differences between the last three years and 2015.  With the 2015 data we run simulations for each circuit to determine what we think is the best aero configuration.   Before arriving in St. Pete, we tested at NOLA, Barber, and Sebring.  Sebring will be the closest data to St. Pete so we will learn the most about the street course aero package there.  Certainly we are still on the very steep portion of the learning curve.  Heading into St. Pete, we will still be trying to optimize aero kit and the setup to maximize performance.

“The teams chosen by the two manufacturers to do the early testing certainly have an advantage.  If you look at the results from NOLA and Barber, the fastest  cars have mostly been the teams that did the development testing of the aero kits.  There is no doubt they have a big advantage.  However, that doesn’t change our expectations. At least for me personally, the rest of the engineers and certainly Graham, our intent is to go out and be on pole and fight for the win. That is certainly a lofty goal considering we are behind those teams in understanding the aero kit, but the nice thing about going to St. Pete is that it’s not a primarily aero-driven circuit.  Mechanical setup has a great deal to do with being competitive there and we have made big gains in that area and continue to work on that. I would expect us to be in the Fast Six and hopefully shooting for pole.”

 

Valpak Teams with IndyCar’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing for Second Year

(ST. PETERSBURG, FL – March 25, 2015)Valpak announced today that it will once again partner with IndyCar Series team Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing. This will be the second year for the exciting partnership that combines America’s love of racing with the Valpak loyal audience.

Featured driver Graham Rahal will make an appearance on the Valpak envelope later this year, as well as promote the Valpak smart phone app and spread the Valpak savings message nationwide on the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit. Graham will promote Valpak’s mobile offerings and savings on the go around the country.

“We’re excited that Graham and the team will share the Valpak message throughout the circuit,” said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media and Valpak. “Watching them go full throttle during last year’s race season was exhilarating and it’s exciting to see them bring the Valpak message to millions of viewers,” he said.

Last year, Graham Rahal was featured on the August Valpak envelope with an augmented reality (AR) component and video. The envelope was mailed to more than 40 million households throughout the United States andCanada.

“We’re thrilled to continue our great partnership with Valpak,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “Like a number of our partners, Valpak is one of the great iconic brands in today’s marketplace and we couldn’t be more proud to represent them at their home race in St. Petersburg. We look forward to supporting their many franchises and customers at IndyCar races across the nation.”

The IndyCar season will officially start this year at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, where Valpak headquarters is also located. Graham andBobby Rahal will visit Valpak headquarters and the Valpak ManufacturingCenter for a tour on March 26.

The partnership will also highlight Valpak’s automotive offerings, which continue to be a favorite among Valpak consumers, and includes offers on auto repair, tire dealers, auto parts, oil and lube, car wash and detail, auto body, auto repair and more.  Advertisers include Firestone, Jiffy Lube, Valvoline, Meineke, Maaco, Precision Tune, Tuffy and other brands. Combined, more than 1.6 billion advertisements were mailed with Valpak in 2014.

Valpak has led the industry in mobile couponing, with mobile savings through apps and continuing to incorporate the latest technology. It’s commitment to being in front of the latest technology helped its first-to-market integration into four mobile wallets, including Passbook, Microsoft, Samsung and Google.

Discover more about Valpak®

Valpak is at the heart of communities across North America, helping people save, businesses grow and neighborhoods thrive through a network of local franchises in the U.S. and Canada. Valpak marketing consultants live and work in your neighborhood. We know what your customers want (we are them!) and can help you take the guesswork out of advertising with real-world marketing solutions that drive measurable results. From the mailbox to online to mobile devices, Valpak continues to find innovative ways to connect businesses with consumers. Monthly, close to 40 million homes receive our Blue Envelope of savings and traffic on valpak.com and our syndication partner sites exceeds 110 million. Backed by the muscle of Cox Target Media, your local Valpak office has the means and know-how to custom build a marketing campaign that meets your needs and budget. Let us introduce you to the neighborhood. Call Valpak at 1-800-676-6878.

 

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 59 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com

 

About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio andBrownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  In 2015 the team will compete in their 24th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles, 81 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 competed in the GTLM class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and earned six podium finishes including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team opened the season by scoring their 50th podium finish of second place at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and will attempt to add to their 10 wins.

 

STEAK ‘N SHAKE TO BE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING’S INDY CAR ENTRY AT FIVE VENUES INCLUDING THE INDY 500

RLLR SteaknShake Resized

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 24, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Steak ‘n Shake, the definitive American brand and home of the original Steakburger™ and hand-dipped milkshakes, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven byGraham Rahal at five Verizon IndyCar Series events including the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. The partnership includes races at Long Beach, two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Detroit, and Mid-Ohio. Maxim Magazine branding will also be featured on the race car. Both are owned by Biglari Holdings Inc.

In addition, Steak ‘n Shake will be an associate sponsor for the rest of the 2015 IndyCar Series season.  It is the first time that the Indianapolis-based company will be involved in Indy car racing.

“I’ve been eating them since I was 11. Finally, free Steakburgers!” said David Letterman, co-owner of RLL with 1986 Indy 500 winner and three-time Indy car champion Bobby Rahal and Mi-Jack co-owner Michael Lanigan.

“Dave Letterman clearly loves Steak ‘n Shake, and we love teaming up with champions. After all, the best way to be a champion is to unite with champions,” added Sardar Biglari, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Biglari Holdings Inc. “As we enter the Indy car series with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, without a doubt we are sponsoring the very best in racing and we are honored to be associated with the team, whose name is synonymous with winning.”

“As a longtime fan of Steak ‘n Shake, this partnership seems so perfect,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of RLL.  “Over the years I have visited many Steak ‘n Shakes and never had the thought that they could potentially be a sponsor of ours but here we are. We are thrilled to welcome the Steak ‘n Shake brand to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and introduce them to Indy car racing.  This is another bit of good news for our sport with a new company coming in. We’re looking forward to putting them in Victory Lane.”

The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins on March 29 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and will be televised live on ABC at3:00 p.m. ET.

About Steak ‘n Shake Inc.

Steak ‘n Shake, a classic American brand, serves premium burgers and shakes in more than 500 restaurants across the country and the world. Founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois, Steak ‘n Shake is the leader in the “better burger” segment of the restaurant industry, serving hand-crafted, premium Steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. Steak ‘n Shake is the recipient of the Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award. Zagat has recognized Steak ‘n Shake as having the #1 Milkshake. Steak ‘n Shake  Inc., based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc.

About Maxim Inc.

Maxim. is one of the largest men’s lifestyle magazines in the United Statesand internationally. The company is based in New York, New York. Maxim Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc.

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 Indianapolis500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  In 2015 the team will compete in their 24th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles, 81 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 competed in the GTLM class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and earned six podium finishes including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team opened the season by scoring their 50th podium finish of second place at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and will attempt to add to their 10 wins.

 

 

 

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Rahal Fastest Honda-Powered Driver in Both Sessions on Day 2 of the IndyCar Pre-Season Open Test at Barber; Seventh Fastest Over the Two Days and Top Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Barber Motorsports Park – OPEN TEST
Verizon IndyCar Series
TEST NOTES/QUOTES – March 17, 2015

RAHAL FASTEST HONDA-POWERED DRIVER IN BOTH SESSIONS ON DAY 2 OF THE INDYCAR PRE-SEASON OPEN TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK; SEVENTH FASTEST OVERALL AND TOP HONDA

Overall Times for the Test (4 sessions over two days)
1) Will Power (Chevy) 1:07.3118 / 123.010 mph (set in Practice 3)
7) Graham Rahal (fastest Honda) 1:07.6203 / 122.448 mph (set in Practice 4)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It’s nice to finish in the top five here, which has been a place we have struggled at before. We’ve got a little work to do for sure though but I’m pleased with our result because a lot of the guys had a lot more tires than us at the end. They just kept running new tires and we had one shot at it and to do a 1:07.62 felt nice. It should have had a five in it but that would have been about it. I’m proud of these guys. Today our objective was to try a ton of stuff as learn as much as we could about the aero and I think they’ve done a heck of a job. We test at Sebring on Monday and Tuesday and its going to be an interesting animal with the fact that it’s going to be pretty grippy after the 12 hour race but at the end of the day I’m just looking forward to turning some laps. It’s going to be good for the durability of these cars, to test how it shakes, rattles, where any weak points are and all of that sort of stuff. At the end of the day, we’ve got to just trying to turn laps in these things and test them and Sebring’s next up.”

FAST FACTS: In the morning session (Practice 3), Rahal set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers and was P4 overall with a lap time of 1:07.6992. He also set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers in today’s afternoon session with a lap time of 1:07.6203 and was P5 overall… Rahal, 26, will compete in his ninth season in a major open wheel series and his third full one with RLL. His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 128 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 23 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Petersburg — 53 top-10’s, and led a total of 150 laps. In addition, he won poles at St. Petersburg (street course) and Kansas Speedway (oval) in 2009. Rahal came close to winning again in 2012 as he led the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway before a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place. He finished second again in Long Beach in 2013 and Detroit Dual 1 in 2014.

NEXT UP: The team will return to the shop to prepare for a two-day test at Sebring International Raceway March 23-24 prior to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 29.

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Rahal Pleased with Progress During Day 1 of Barber Test; Fastest Honda in Session 1, 10th Overall for Day

Rahal Pleased with Progress During Day 1 of Barber Test; Fastest Honda in Session 1, 10th Overall for Day

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Barber Motorsports Park – OPEN TEST
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TEST NOTES/QUOTES – March 16, 2014

RAHAL PLEASED WITH PROGRESS DURING DAY 1 OF THE INDYCAR PRE-SEASON OPEN TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

1) Scott Dixon (Chevy) 1:07.4805 / 122.702 mph
6) Ryan Hunter-Reay (fastest Honda) 1:07.8494 / 122.035 mph
10) Graham Rahal (3rd fastest Honda) 1:07.9317 / 121.887 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Today was good. We got through a lot of things we wanted to test. It’s kind of frustrating not being the quickest Honda now that we have been a couple of times. I think we’re creeping up on this though. At the end of the day, on the theoreticals, we’re quickest so we need to put the lap together. I think one of the things we’re suffering with a little bit is the consistency of the car from one lap to the next and that’s what we’re going to have to work on tomorrow. We’re working through a lot, the guys are working extremely hard and I think things are looking pretty good.”

FAST FACTS: In the morning session, Rahal set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers and was P8 overall with a lap time of 1:08.6550… Rahal, 26, will compete in his ninth season in a major open wheel series and his third full one with RLL. His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 128 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 23 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Petersburg — 53 top-10’s, and led a total of 150 laps. In addition, he won poles at St. Petersburg (street course) and Kansas Speedway (oval) in 2009. Rahal came close to winning again in 2012 as he led the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway before a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place. He finished second again in Long Beach in 2013 and Detroit Dual 1 in 2014.

NEXT UP: The Open Test will resume tomorrow from 10-1 and 2-6 CT. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

GRAHAM RAHAL COMPLETED HIS FIRST TEST DAY WITH THE NEW HONDA AERO KIT AT NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK TODAY

GRAHAM RAHAL COMPLETED HIS FIRST TEST DAY WITH THE NEW HONDA AERO KIT AT NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK TODAY

AVONDALE, Louisiana (March 14, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) and driver Graham Rahal completed their first test day with Honda’s all-new aerodynamic kit today at the 2.67-mile NOLA Motorsports Park road course. The team previously tested at this track February 10-11.

“Overall the day was pretty good,” said Rahal, who completed 80 laps. “We didn’t get to run our last set of tires but I don’t think many people did.  I would have liked to have picked up a bit more speed; our fastest lap was on old tires so I was kind of hoping to see what we could do on new tires but we just never really got to wring its neck. For our first day, the car feels decent and for it to be the first time we have run with this aero kit and to have been right up there with the fastest Honda team, and be the fastest one this morning felt pretty good. We’ve got a little more work to do to catch up to the fastest guys but all in all its pretty close and we feel pretty good about it.

“In some areas you notice the difference the aero kit makes and others, not as much,” added Rahal on the feeling of driving the car with the new aero kit compared to the previous configuration. “When we talk about more downforce, typically that is higher speed so in the high speed areas, sure you can feel it but in the slower speed areas it’s not as noticeable. We have been waiting for this day for a long time and I’m very happy it went as well as it did. We will keep working on it, get better and better and I think we will be good in the end.”

The team will travel to Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow for a series-wide open test March 16-17.

The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29.  For more information, log on towww.rahal.com, www.grahamrahal.com or www.indycar.com

 

D-A LUBRICANT CO. JOINS RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING

D-A LUBRICANT CO. JOINS RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AS PRIMARY SPONSOR FOR NEW ORLEANS INDY CAR RACE AND BECOMES A MULTI-YEAR MAJOR ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 10, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that D-A Lubricant Co., a privately owned heavy duty, and industrial lubricant compounder/blender, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park.  In addition, D-A Lubricant Co. has joined the team as a multi-year, major associate sponsor of the entry.

This partnership marks a return to Indy car racing for D-A Lubricant Co., based in Lebanon, IN, who sponsored entries in the Indianapolis 500 from 1955 – 1958 with a highest finish of sixth in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1956with driver Bob Sweikert. D-A-sponsored cars also ran in the USAC Championship Car series during that time period, earning one win in 1957 and four wins in 1958.

In addition, the relationship provides a business-to-business opportunity with the LANCO Group of Companies, whose president is RLL co-owner Michael Lanigan.  D-A Lubricant Co. will provide additional technical support to the team in ‘development’ of performance lubricants that will be used on the race car.

 

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“I am happy to welcome D-A Lubricant Co. to the team,” said Michael Lanigan, co-owner of RLL with 1986 Indy 500 winner and three-time Indy car champion Bobby Rahal and CBS Late Show host David Letterman. “I also look forward to using their products in all of our heavy equipment and to promote their vast selection of oils, lubricants and other products in the industries the LANCO Group of Companies are involved in.”

“I am incredibly pleased to bring D-A Lubricant Co. back to IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a 50-year absence through our partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” added Mike Protogere, Chairman/CEO of D-A Lubricant Co.  “This is a prime example of a business to business relationship that will allow us to immediately identify and open new business channels, and get our name in front of IndyCar audiences in markets throughout North America. RLL is comprised of talented individuals, and I can’t wait to see them perform this season carrying the D-A Lubricant Co. name.”

“We are obviously thrilled to welcome D-A Lubricant Co. into our team,” said RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal. “Those who are familiar with the history of Indy car racing know that D-A’s involvement goes back to the 1950’s.  I certainly remember their car with its distinctive livery so it’s wonderful to be able to welcome them back to Indy car racing. In meeting with them, I was so impressed with how they go about their business. Their expertise in the lubricants area will help us get a technical advantage and we look forward to working closely with them during this process. We’re excited to have them on board.”

The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins on March 29 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and will be televised live on ABC at 3:00 p.m. ET.

About D-A Lubricant Co.

D-A Lubricant Co., is a privately owned heavy duty, and industrial lubricant compounder/blender. The company offers a broad line of products and services to U.S. and international end-users, select distributors and Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM). D-A also provides technical assistance, proprietary tribology formulation and fluid testing capabilities. D-A Lubricant Co. was founded in 1919 and has its world headquarters in Lebanon, Indiana with additional distribution strategically located throughout the continental United States as well as an international presence.

More information about D-A Lubricant Co. can be found at www.dalube.com .

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, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  In 2015 the team will compete in their 24th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles, 81 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 competed in the GTLM class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and earned six podium finishes including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team opened the season by scoring their 50th podium finish of second place at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and will attempt to add to their 10 wins.

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