Monthly Archives: February 2013

blu eCigs Joins RLL Racing’s IndyCar Program as Primary Sponsor at Long Beach and Associate for 2013 Season

blu eCigs will be the primary sponsor of #17 Indy car driven by 2011 winner Mike Conway at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and an asso­ciate sponsor of #15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal for the 2013 IndyCar Series season
 
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 20, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that blu eCigs, the elec­tronic ciga­rette brand widely known for supe­rior style and quality, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 17 Indy car driven by 2011 winner Mike Conway at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race event April 19 – 21, 2013. In addi­tion, blu eCigs will be an asso­ciate sponsor of the team’s No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal for the full 2013 season. The part­ner­ship will include both strategic branding and personal services as blu eCigs will take on a high-profile role in open-wheel racing across the Indy car team.

We’re excited to be breaking into IndyCar racing with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, an iconic orga­ni­za­tion which has a deep cham­pi­onship legacy in the sport,” said Jason Healy, pres­i­dent of blu eCigs.  “We’ve seen a very posi­tive response by fans and crew alike from our previous involve­ment in motor­sports, and feel we can create some really engaging marketing and promo­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties and drive excite­ment throughout the 2013 season.”

Since its incep­tion in 2009, blu eCigs has consis­tently led the charge to intro­duce e-cigarettes as a new class of smoking alter­na­tive to the US market and has done so in a prag­matic way — always keeping the customer expe­ri­ence as the central focus. In April 2012, blu eCigs was acquired by Loril­lard, Inc., solid­i­fying blu eCigs as a market trail­blazer and further advancing the tremen­dous growth oppor­tu­nity repre­sented by the e-cigarette cate­gory.  Today, North Carolina-based blu eCigs continues to set the stan­dard in product inno­va­tion and respon­sible marketing.

We are excited to welcome blu eCigs as a partner throughout the 2013 IndyCar season and espe­cially as primary sponsor for our No. 17 car at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race event,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Indy car racing is a sport that prides itself on inno­v­a­tive designs and supe­rior perfor­mance and we feel blu eCigs is a great fit for the sport and our team.”

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing returned to full-time IZOD IndyCar Series compe­ti­tion in 2012 and is begin­ning its 22nd year of open-wheel compe­ti­tion in 2013. Since returning, the team has had a second place finish in Edmonton and third place finish in Brazil with Takuma Sato, in addi­tion to being a contender for the team’s second victory in the Indi­anapolis 500. 
 
In January, RLL announced Mike Conway will be piloting the No. 17 car at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach event. Conway was the event’s 2011 winner and made 53 starts in IZOD IndyCar series compe­ti­tion between 2009 –2012. In addi­tion, Graham Rahal, 24, signed a multi-year contract in November to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the team his father, 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner and three-time Indy car cham­pion Bobby Rahal, co-owns as they attempt to add to their 20 wins.  
 
 
About blu eCigs Elec­tronic Ciga­rettes
blu eCigs® elec­tronic ciga­rettes offer the look and feel of tradi­tional ciga­rettes – without the tobacco smoke, ash, or smell.  blu eCigs provides a real­istic recre­ational alter­na­tive to smoking – creating a vapor “puff” that evap­o­rates within seconds. The prod­ucts have been featured in the presenter gift bags at the Grammy Awards, other celebrity events, and are used by a number of A-list actors, musi­cians, and athletes.  Avail­able online and at retailers nation­wide, blu eCigs come in conve­nient dispos­ables or recharge­able packs for regular use, with or without nico­tine and in a variety of flavors. blu eCigs provide inno­v­a­tive tech­nology for an improved consumer expe­ri­ence that enhances the social aspect of e-cigarettes.  The company is based in Char­lotte, NC, and blu eCigs’ flavors are made in the USA.  For more, visit www.blucigs.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 2013 the team will begin their 22nd 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 and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team also competes in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series 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.
 

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Graham Rahal Completed His First Test of 2013 and Ran 142 Trouble-Free Laps at Sebring International Raceway

SEBRING, Fla. (February 19, 2013) – Graham Rahal completed a trouble-free day of testing his No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Honda-Dallara-Firestone race car today at the 1.65-mile Sebring Inter­na­tional Raceway short course in prepa­ra­tion for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season.  He completed 142 laps with a best lap time of 52.67. 
 
“I think we made some great gains from the morning to the after­noon,” said Graham Rahal, 24. “We gained about six or seven tenths-of-a-second in the after­noon while others didn’t gain anything.  We’re not the fastest but we got ourselves in the ball­park by the end of the day.  The car, handling-wise, is starting to come to us. We made a lot of big changes that I think will point us in the right direc­tion, not only at Sebring but at a lot of the other tracks we will go to. I’m really pleased with the progress.”
 
“We had a strong test today, building on the December test we had here with Graham,” added tech­nical director Jay O’Connell.  “We were able to make some good improve­ments based on what we learned from our winter simu­la­tion and test work and it was good to see it trans­late into perfor­mance on the track and that Graham was able to use it to his advan­tage.” 
 
Earlier this month, the team announced that James Jakes will pilot the team’s second full-season entry and that it will be spon­sored by Acorn Stair­lifts. Prior to that, the team announced that Mike Conway would drive what will now be a third entry for the team at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 19 – 21. Both drivers were observers at the test today.  The next test for the team will take place at Barber Motor­sports Park March 12 – 13.
 
“Its going to be pretty busy between now and the Barber test,” said Rahal.  “We need to keep devel­oping the cars and I will keep working with Gerry (Hughes, race engi­neer) and the guys back at the shop. We will work on a set-up for Barber and I think we found a lot of things that will help us there no doubt. We feel good about that.  For me person­ally, I’ve got a commer­cial shoot this weekend then I am going to Florida next week to play in the Pro-Am at the Honda Classic which will be pretty cool.  It defi­nitely feels like the season is almost upon us.”
 
“It will be busy between now and the open test at Barber,’ agreed O’Connell.  “We have some cars to prepare for the Barber test and we need to digest the details and look at the data from what we learned today and apply it to our road course setup going into Barber. Since the Sebring layout is between a street course and road course, there are some things you can take from here for St. Pete and some things you can take from here for Barber which we will try at the open test on March 12 – 13.”
 
The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season begins with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg on March 24.  Graham Rahal became the youngest winner in major auto racing history when he drove to victory in his first IndyCar Series race at the 2008 event at the age of 19.  The following season he became the youngest pole winner at the same event – both while driving for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, a team co-owned by Michael Lanigan at the time.  Orlando resi­dent James Jakes will make his third start on the streets of St. Pete and first with RLL.
 
For more infor­ma­tion, log on to www.rahal.com, www.grahamrahal.com www.jamesjakes.com or www.indycar.com
 

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TranSystems Inc. Joins RLL Racing as an “Official Team Partner” of ALMS and IndyCar Programs

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 13, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Tran­Sys­tems Inc., a global engi­neering trans­porta­tion firm, has become an “Offi­cial Team Partner” as well as an asso­ciate sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

All along I have said that one of our goals is to attract the best compa­nies in the world to our team and Tran­Sys­tems certainly qual­i­fies as one of them,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Having met with Brian Larson, their CEO, on several occa­sions it’s clear that this is a well-led company being directed by a guy with a passion for his busi­ness and what the future can bring. We look forward to working with him to achieve the goals that he has set forth in this program. We welcome Tran­Sys­tems with open arms and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

It’s a plea­sure indeed to join forces with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” added Brian Larson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Tran­Sys­tems “RLL brings exactly what we were looking for to craft a part­ner­ship in the racing world: a storied history, a forward lean, a commit­ment to both ALMS and IndyCar and, with Mike Lanigan, a solid under­standing of our busi­ness world. Those syner­gies are what drove us to join RLL.” Larson went on, “You know, it was Bob Whyte,” (CEO of Inte­grated Perfor­mance Tech­nology), “who intro­duced me to Scott Atherton,” (Pres­i­dent of ALMS,) “as we looked to expand our motor­sports foot­print. Bob was instru­mental in helping us maxi­mize our invest­ment to cover both ALMS and IndyCar as well as iden­tify several strong B2B oppor­tu­ni­ties. Our nine year asso­ci­a­tion with IndyCar has seen tremen­dous bene­fits including a part­ner­ship with Racing For Kids that has raised over $250,000 and the Team USA Schol­ar­ship led by Jeremy Shaw and the Road Racing Driver’s Club. With RLL we’ll be augmenting all of those efforts – busi­ness and social; it’s a natural fit all around.”
 
In November 2012, the team announced that Graham Rahal, 24, had signed a multi-year contract to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the team.  TBC Retail Group, who has spon­sored Graham since 2010, is the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry while Valvo­line is a major asso­ciate sponsor.  Since then, the team has announced part­ner­ships for the IndyCar Series program with Norm Reeves Honda Super­store and Battery Tender, the addi­tion of an Indy car entry for Mike Conway in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and announced a full season IndyCar Series program on February 5 for James Jakes that will be spon­sored by Acorn Stair­lifts.
 
The 10-event 2013 Amer­ican Le Mans Series season begins on March 16 with the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring Inter­na­tional Raceway. BMW Team RLL will attempt to earn their third consec­u­tive GT class victory this year. The 16-event IZOD IndyCar Series season begins on March 24 with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg. Graham Rahal became the youngest winner in IndyCar Series history when he won the event in 2008. He came back the next year to become the youngest pole winner in series history at the same event.
 
About Tran­Sys­tems Inc.
Tran­Sys­tems is a global trans­porta­tion consulting firm engaged in infra­struc­ture and facility plan­ning, design and construc­tion enhancing the move­ment of goods and people across today’s inte­grated trans­porta­tion infra­struc­ture. Its approx­i­mately 1,000 profes­sionals in 42 offices throughout the US perform a broad range of services to all sectors of the trans­porta­tion market­place. Service areas include archi­tec­ture and engi­neering, strategic plan­ning and manage­ment, supply chain, real estate and secu­rity consulting. Tran­Sys­tems’ ability to meet the broad list of chal­lenges facing its clients anywhere in the world rests firmly on the modal exper­tise, tech­nical disci­plines and consulting services gath­ered into one inte­grated busi­ness entity.
 
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 2013 the team will begin their 22nd 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 and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team also competes in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series 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.
 

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Debut for the BMW Z4 GTE and the Newly Structured BMW Team RLL – Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts on Board as Premium Partner Again in 2013

DAYTONA (US), 12th February 2013. BMW is embarking on a new chapter of its motor­sport commit­ment in North America: after four successful years with the BMW M3 GT, the new BMW Z4 GTE will take over at the head of the manufacturer’s campaign in the 2013 Amer­ican Le Mans Series (ALMS). On Tuesday, BMW Motor­sport and BMW Team RLL presented the car and drivers for the new season at the “Daytona Inter­na­tional Speedway” (US).
 
Supported by Premium Partner Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, guests from around the world were given the oppor­tu­nity to inspect the BMW Z4 GTE at close hand, talk to those respon­sible for the team, and expe­ri­ence the iconic race­track in Florida from the cockpit, cour­tesy of taxi rides with the BMW ALMS drivers.
 
“As we approach the start of the ALMS season in mid-March, so the antic­i­pa­tion is grad­u­ally rising,” said BMW Motor­sport Director Jens Marquardt. “All of us at BMW Motor­sport and BMW Team RLL are very curious to see how the first few races pan out with the new BMW Z4 GTE. We are setting out on a devel­op­ment year, but are very confi­dent we have once again devel­oped a car that has the poten­tial to win races and titles in the form of the BMW Z4 GTE. Seeing our drivers at this event, you could tell how much they are looking forward to the first race in Sebring. I would also like to say a big thank you to our Premium Partner Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts for its fantastic support here in Daytona.”
 
Team Prin­cipal Bobby Rahal added: “Obvi­ously I am very excited to enter this new year with the BMW Z4 GTE. There is a lot of enthu­siasm in the team for the new car. Certainly there will be a devel­op­ment period involved but ulti­mately I see no reason why we can’t be compet­i­tive with the great compe­ti­tion that exists in the GT cate­gory in the ALMS. Although this might be a devel­op­ment year in many respects, the level of driver talent we have on the team – including the two new exciting addi­tions with Maxime Martin and John Edwards – I think that ulti­mately we can have success and do much as we did in 2009, the first year of the BMW M3 GT, and work hard toward achieving maximum results in its first year. One aspect of the launch that is very exciting is not just the intro­duc­tion of the BMW Z4 GTE and our drivers, but also the collec­tion of historic cars that were the cars that began the success story of BMW in North Amer­ican racing.”


The guests had trav­elled to Orlando (US) on Monday, and were welcomed that evening at a dinner in the Crowne Plaza Universal Orlando by Jens Marquardt, Ludwig Willisch, Pres­i­dent and CEO of BMW of North America, BMW Team RLL Team Prin­cipal Bobby Rahal and BMW NA Motor­sport Manager Gordon McDon­nell. On Tuesday, the ALMS drivers took them on a series of taxi rides in historic BMW racing cars. This was followed by the unveiling of the BMW Z4 GTE.
 
BMW Motor­sport also announced the driving pairs for the coming season. Car number 55 will be driven by Bill Auberlen (US) and ALMS rookie Maxime Martin (BE). Dirk Müller (DE) will contest all the races in the number 56 car. Joey Hand (US) and John Edwards (US) will alter­nate as the two-time ALMS GT champion’s driving partner. Edwards will stand in for Hand when he is unavail­able due to his parallel commit­ment in the DTM. Jörg Müller (DE, #55) and Uwe Alzen (DE, #56) will bolster the squad at the endurance races at Sebring (US) and Road Atlanta (US).
 
The BMW Z4 GTE will contest its first season in 2013. In July 2012, BMW Motor­sport engi­neers in Munich (DE) began work on devel­oping a GTE version of the BMW Z4 GT3, which would comply with ACO regu­la­tions. The BMW Z4 GT3 itself has enjoyed many years of success in high-class GT series around the world. The regu­la­tions stip­u­late that elec­tronic aids that may be used on the BMW Z4 GT3, such as ABS and DSC, are not permitted on a GTE car.
 
The BMW Z4 GTE is consid­er­ably more compact than its successful prede­cessor, the BMW M3 GT. All the dimen­sions of the BMW Z4 GTE have been modi­fied to comply with ACO regu­la­tions. The new car took to the race­track for its maiden test outing in the second half of January. BMW Team RLL was inte­grated in the process throughout the entire devel­op­ment period. Engi­neers from the USA trav­elled to Munich in December to play their part in the assembly of the BMW Z4 GTE.
 
The car is not the only impor­tant new thing BMW Team RLL can look forward to in the coming season: Michelin is the new Tyre Partner of BMW Motor­sport in the ALMS. In contrast, Premium Partner Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is some­thing of a constant. The successful coop­er­a­tion will continue in 2013. Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts belongs to the Inter­Con­ti­nental Hotels Group. IHG main­tains, runs and owns over 4,400 hotels and more than 658,000 rooms in approaching 100 coun­tries.


 
Tech­nical Spec­i­fi­ca­tions BMW Z4 GT3.
 
Length:                       4,395mm (excl. rear wing)
Width:                         2,010mm
Height:                        1,205mm (depending on set-up)
Weight:                       1,245kg (according to ACO regu­la­tions)
Tank capacity:           110 litres (according to IMSA clas­si­fi­ca­tion)
 
Chassis/body: Steel body with welded safety cell
 
Trans­mis­sion: six-speed sequen­tial sport trans­mis­sion, oper­ated via shifting paddles mounted on the steering wheel, multiple ZF Sachs clutch
 
Front axle: McPherson axle with pushrods and wish­bone, addi­tion­ally with adjustable shock absorbers, H&R coil springs
 
Rear axle: Longi­tu­dinal links with wish­bone, adjustable shock absorbers, H&R coil springs
 
Brake system: hydraulic dual circuit brake; monobloc multi-piston light alloy brake callipers, innver-vented steel brake discs, seam­less brake balance adjust­ment (front and rear) by the driver
 
Wheels: BBS forged aluminum wheels, front axle: 12,5x18“, rear axle: 13x18“)
 
Tyres: Michelin, front axle: 300 – 680-18, rear axle: 310 – 710-18
 
Engine type: Eight-cylinder, V-configuration, four valves per cylindre, manda­tory air restrictor (2x29.4mm)
 
Capacity:                    4,400cc
Max. output:              approx. 480bhp (with manda­tory air restrictor)
Max. torque:              approx. 480Nm
 
Cylinder block: Aluminum cylinder block construc­tion
 
Engine manage­ment: BMW Motor­sport ECU 408, without fuses, central display
 
 
Note to the editors: The 2013 BMW Motor­sport ALMS press kit is now avail­able online at: www.press.bmwgroup-sport.com

James Jakes to Join RLL for 2013 IndyCar Series Season; Acorn Stairlifts to Sponsor Entry

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 5, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team will enter a second full-season program in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series for James Jakes, 25.  Acorn Stair­lifts, the maker of the number-one selling Stair­lift in the world, will sponsor Jakes’ entry. 
 
The 2013 season will mark the third for the Leeds, England native in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He made 31 starts for Dale Coyne Racing from 2011 – 2012 with his best series start of eighth place coming on the Motegi road course in 2011 and his best series finish of eighth coming on the Toronto street course in 2012.
 
“I wanted to put myself in a posi­tion where I could get results that I believe I am capable of and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is a good fit for me,” said James Jakes.  “If you look back at the results and the product that Bobby and the team have put on the track, he’s always got a car that is running up front and the team does things first class.  I had nego­ti­ated with Bobby when I first came to the series but we weren’t able to put a program together until now.  It will be great for the team to have two full-season cars to move ourselves forward and push us to where Bobby and the team want us to be – at the top of the grid.”
 
Jakes began racing in 2002 in the British T-Car series where he finished second. He grad­u­ated to the British Formula Renault Series in 2004 and finished 12th in the stand­ings and second in the rookie chase. In 2005, he returned to the British Formula Renault Series, finishing second in points after seven podium finishes and two poles. That year, he was also named a Rising Star by the pres­ti­gious British Racing Drivers Club and was a McLaren Autosport Award finalist. He progressed to the British Formula 3 Series and on to the Formula 3 Euro Series (2007 – 2008) where he won the Pau Grand Prix from pole in 2008 and set the fastest race lap.  He earned two podiums in the GP2 Asia series (2008 – 2009) and a pole and two podiums in GP3 (2010) and finished eighth in series stand­ings despite missing four races because of injury.  In 2011, he moved to the IndyCar Series after a test with Dale Coyne Racing. 
 
“Acorn Stair­lifts is extremely excited to have James repre­senting us as our driver for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing No. 30 car,” said Don Shapiro, CEO of US Oper­a­tions for Acorn Stair­lifts. “James worked extremely hard over the past two seasons for us, is highly compet­i­tive and will run at the front in 2013.  We look forward to our first of many seasons with Bobby and his team.” 
 
“I am really pleased that James is joining our team,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “I have seen him run compet­i­tively on numerous occa­sions and have felt all along that given the envi­ron­ment we can create for him, he can achieve the success he has sought in Indy car racing.  He and Graham get along and commu­ni­cate well and I think that is impor­tant for the team. We’re pleased to have him and we think it will be a good combi­na­tion. 
 
“For us to be a two car team is a natural progres­sion,” added Rahal. “A year ago we restarted the team to really build toward this time.  We posi­tioned ourselves in Indi­anapolis to take advan­tage of every­thing the open wheel industry can provide us with and obvi­ously, as was proven last year, a one car team can be compet­i­tive.  But there is no doubt in my mind that a two car team is a much more effi­cient and produc­tive way to go racing. There is twice as much infor­ma­tion, twice as much every­thing, and that helps you progress that much quicker. James is obvi­ously an aggres­sive, compet­i­tive driver and I think that having both he and Graham on board raises the perfor­mance of the team as a whole.”
 
About Acorn Stair­lifts
Acorn Stair­lifts is a global leader in the stair­lift industry.  Acorn Stair­lifts is dedi­cated to providing a solu­tion to those who find that their stairs have become more diffi­cult to manage.  Over half a million Acorn Stair­lifts have been installed around the world making the Acorn Stair­lift the “World’s Best Selling Stair­lift.”  A new customer joins the Acorn Stair­lift family every 10 minutes!  A company prided on being inno­va­tors in tech­nology and devel­op­ment providing a safe and simple product that brings peace of mind to each of its customers.  The core busi­ness prin­ci­ples have always remained the same:  Relax, and give your life a lift with an Acorn Stair­lift.
 
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 2013 the team will begin their 22nd 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 and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team also competes in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series 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.
 

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