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Rahal and Jakes are Ready to Compete in the Indy 500 After Strong Carb Day Runs

Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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RAHAL AND JAKES ARE READY TO COMPETE IN THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 AFTER STRONG CARB DAY RUNS
 
1)         Simon Pagenaud                  225.827 mph / 39.8536          41 laps
7)         James Jakes                          224.622 mph / 40.0674          39 laps
23)       Graham Rahal                       223.307 mph / 40.3033          35 laps
 
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “The Midas / Big O Tires car feels pretty good. I’m pleased with where we’re at – handling wise. In traffic, it felt pretty comfortable. We will keep working at it. I don’t think we’re far off at all.  Now it’s just a matter of going racing in the biggest race of the year.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy 500 and he will start 26th in 2013.  He ran in the top-five in four of his five previous races here.  In 2008, with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he was the highest Indy 500 starter of the Champ Car transitioning teams with his 13th place qualifying effort but made contact on L36 after driving high to avoid the slower car of Lloyd and retired in 33rd place.  He qualified fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st. In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qualified seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish. He qualified 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps. In 2012, he qualified 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… This is Rahal’s first full season at RLL, sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series and seventh in a top open wheel racing series (CCWS 2007)… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th — also in Long Beach… He is 14th in the series point standings with 74.

 
 
JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We’ve got a great car. The Acorn Stairlifts car has been good all through the latter part of the testing week here and we’re excited about the race. I’d be happy to go out and race right now to be honest. We’ll see what happens on race day. The Honda guys have been back in the shop last week working very hard. We’ve worked hard since we got here and now there are no more setup changes needed. We knew that going in. We may make a slight adjustment here and there but nothing big.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here and he will start 20th in 2013. He qualified 17th and finished 15th in 2012. In 2011, he attempted to qualify but the car was not fast enough. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… Jakes is competing in his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL. In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011-2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 11th at Barber and best finish is 12th at Long Beach although he had the potential to finish higher in each race… Is ranked 22nd in series standings with 53 points.

 
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT INDY … The team’s highest start and finish in the event came in 2004 when Buddy Rice won from pole. In addition, the team has earned a total of four podiums (2nd – Meira 2005; 3rd – Rahal 1994, 1995). The team was in contention to win the race as recent as 2011 when Bertrand Baguette led laps 139-140 and laps 189-197 of the 200 lap race. Had a caution come our before Baguette was forced to pit for a splash of fuel, he might have been the victor. The race ultimately ended under caution when JR Hildebrand crashed on the front straight while in the lead on the final lap… The 2013 race will mark the 16th year for the team in the event.  Prior to 2013, the team prepared a total of 28 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992-1995), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Jimmy Vasser (2002-2003), Kenny Brack (2003, 2005), Buddy Rice (2004, 2006; DNC 2005 due to practice crash), Vitor Meira (2004, 2005), Roger Yasukawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012) and Michel Jourdain (2012).  The No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts entry for James Jakes will bring that total to 30 in 2013.
 
NEXT UP:  The 97th Indianapolis 500 race will be Sunday, May 26 and will be televised by ABC at 12 a.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com.
 
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StemCyte Inc. Joins RLL as Associate Sponsor of the No. 16 IndyCar Program for Jakes Beginning with the Indy 500

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 23, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that StemCyte Inc., a global leader in human cord blood stem cell banking, has become an associate sponsor of the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Indy car driven by James Jakes in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the remainder of the 2013 season.  
 
StemCyte, Inc. and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) will work to support awareness of umbilical cord blood banking and its educational initiative ‘Stars for Stem Cells’. Cord blood stem cells are potential cures for over 80 illnesses, including cancers, blood disorders, immune and genetic diseases, and continue be a key element in regenerative medicine research.
“We are very excited about our relationship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Calvin Cole, StemCyte President for Commercial Operations, North America. “We believe StemCyte’s brand aligns with the pioneering image of Indy Car and the championship spirit of Bobby Rahal. Supporting driver James Jakes and getting the word out on options for expecting parents, to secure their baby’s cord blood for future life-saving treatments, is very important.”
“We are always looking towards innovation in our ongoing efforts within the world of motorsports,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Working with StemCyte to promote awareness of cord blood banking and the incredible medical research that can advance future healthcare, keeps all of us on the leading edge.”
“As drivers we take lots of risk doing what we love,” said RLL Indy car driver James Jakes. “New parents love nothing more than their children, and StemCyte helps them better manage that risk by banking their babies cord blood to protect against life-threatening illnesses today and in the future.”
 
StemCyte continues to educate expectant parents about the value of banking their child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells and development of new therapies to cure deadly and debilitating illnesses. They have been adding championship caliber voices like RLL and decorated US Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller to promote awareness of this option to expecting families.
 
In February 2013, the team announced the addition of James Jakes, 25, to the full season IndyCar Series season that will be sponsored by Acorn Stairlifts.  Jakes currently sits 22nd in the points standing through four events in 2013 including St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach and Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
 
About StemCyte Inc.
Located in the US, India and Taiwan, StemCyte has established one of the largest, most racially diverse, and highest quality cord blood stem cell banks in the world.  StemCyte has supplied over 1,800 cord blood units to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases in over 300 transplant centers worldwide.  StemCyte is actively involved in the development of new umbilical cord blood-based cell therapies, supporting the largest clinical study for using unrelated cord blood transplantation for Thalassemia, one of the most common genetic diseases in the world, and the development of trials investigating regenerative spinal cord therapies.  StemCyte is one of the only for-profit companies contracted by the US Department of HHS to help contribute clinical grade cord blood units to the public National Cord Blood Inventory for unrelated transplants.  Its headquarters are in Covina, California.  To learn more visit www.StemCyte.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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Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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FAST FRIDAY NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, May 17, 2013
 
 
RAHAL, JAKES AND JOURDAIN JR. FOCUSED ON QUALIFYING SETUPS UNTIL RAIN BROUGHT AN END TO THE DAY AT APPROX. 3 PM
 
1)         E.J. Viso                     229.537 mph / 39.2093          15 laps
20)       Graham Rahal           226.152 mph / 39.7963          43 laps
27)       James Jakes              224.632 mph / 40.0655          23 laps
30)       Michel Jourdain Jr.   223.266 mph / 40.3107          16 laps
 
 
OVERALL: “Fast Friday” had another meaning today as drivers got a boost for the seventh day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race as they transitioned from race setup evaluation to mostly qualifying simulations.  As with the 2012 race, the boost level was upped from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for “Fast Friday” as drivers/teams focused on qualifying setups and the two days of qualifications. The boost level to the 2.2-liter, turbocharged V-6 engines will return to 130 kPa for the one-hour final practice May 24 and Race Day on May 26.  Rain brought an end to practice at approx. 3 p.m. ET.
 
 
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Our plan for “Fast Friday” was to get as many new-tire runs in that we could to see how the balance is and to see how much speed we could get out of the car and I think we found some good stuff. We made some changes today to the Midas/Big O Tires car that will not only improve the car for qualifying but also in the race.  It’s always good when you find things like that.  We’ll just keep moving forward. I feel good about where we are.  I think we’re certainly amongst the best of the Honda’s. There is a little bit more room to go but we’re close.
(On getting nervous for qualifying:) “I think everybody gets nervous, its just part of the deal. It’s one of the biggest days of your life every year to come here and qualifying at Indy. We’ll be giving it our all, I know that.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth Indy 500.  He ran in the top-five in four of his five previous races here.  In 2008, with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he was the highest Indy 500 starter of the Champ Car transitioning teams with his 13th place qualifying effort but made contact on L36 after driving high to avoid the slower car of Lloyd and retired in 33rd place.  He qualified fourth for NHLR in the 2009 Indy 500 but made contact on L56 while fifth and retired in 31st. In 2010, he competed for his father’s team – RLL – for the first time in an Indy car. He qualified seventh and ran as high as second but a blocking penalty on L188/200 dropped him from third to a 12th place finish. He qualified 29th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011 and earned his best finish at Indy to date of third place after he led six laps. In 2012, he qualified 12th, ran as high as third and finished 13th for SCCGR… This is Rahal’s first full season at RLL, sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series and seventh in a top open wheel racing series (CCWS 2007)… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th — also in Long Beach… He is 14th in the series point standings with 74.

 
JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We did a lot of good work today.  We were obviously hindered by the weather but I think we are in good shape. If we put everything together we should have a strong package for qualifying tomorrow.  Obviously now it gives us a chance to look over some data, some extra time. We’ll see what happens. All guns blazing tomorrow. All three cars have worked well together all week. I’m excited to get out there tomorrow.
(On preference for qualifying draw:) “It would be great to be the late teen’s. I don’t want to be the first out and I don’t want to be the last out. To be honest I don’t care, it doesn’t really bother me. You have to go out at some point right? Here qualifying is so different to everywhere else. It’s not too dissimilar to a test session apart from the fact that you are the only car on track. Let’s see if we can get all three cars Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars inside the top-10.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here. He qualified 17th and finished 15th in 2012. In 2011, he attempted to qualify but the car was not fast enough. Both events were with Dale Coyne Racing… Jakes is competing in his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL. In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011-2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 11th at Barber and best finish is 12th at Long Beach although he had the potential to finish higher in each race… Is ranked 22nd in series standings with 53 points.

 
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR, No. 17 Office Depot Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We didn’t get as much done before the rain came as we wanted to.  We wanted to run five new sets of tires. We had a little problem with the weight jacker that they had to fix this morning so we were delayed a couple of hours so we were only able to run one set of tires and do our first trim so we are a little behind schedule but better than last year.  It’s tough because its so competitive.  It’s going to be really tough for me to be in the top-24 but we will see where are tomorrow.  In the pre-qualifying practice we have to do two steps of trimming (the aerodynamic settings of the car) and we’ll see if we can get them done in the morning and see what we have for qualifying.”

  • FAST FACTS: Jourdain is making his third attempt at the Indy 500 and second with RLL… His No. 17 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry is sponsored by Office Depot Mexico with associate sponsorship from Grupo Indi and Grupo Multi… He started 22nd in his second Indianapolis 500 race in 2012 and finished 19th with RLL. He was called into a closed pit then penalized with a drive-through which put him one lap down after he ran in the top half of the field mid-race.  He qualified eighth and finished 13th in 1996.  When he participated in the 2012 Indy 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the site of his first laps behind the wheel of an Indy car since 2004… He made 152 starts in the CART/Champ Car World Series and three in the IRL/IndyCar Series (1996/97 season) between 1996-2004… His highest finish in the IRL/IndyCar Series is second place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1996 and he earned two wins in CART/CCWS in 2003 at Montreal and Milwaukee while driving for Team Rahal… With support from Ford Motor Company, he moved to NASCAR’s Nationwide Series from 2005-2008 and also competed in the Camping World Truck Series in 2006. Since then, he competed in various rally and sports car series. 

 
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT INDY … The team’s highest start and finish in the event came in 2004 when Buddy Rice won from pole. In addition, the team has earned a total of four podiums (2nd – Meira 2005; 3rd – Rahal 1994, 1995). The team was in contention to win the race as recent as 2011 when Bertrand Baguette led laps 139-140 and laps 189-197 of the 200 lap race. Had a caution come our before Baguette was forced to pit for a splash of fuel, he might have been the victor. The race ultimately ended under caution when JR Hildebrand crashed on the front straight while in the lead on the final lap… The 2013 race will mark the 16th year for the team in the event.  Prior to 2013, the team prepared a total of 28 entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992-1995), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Jimmy Vasser (2002-2003), Kenny Brack (2003, 2005), Buddy Rice (2004, 2006; DNC 2005 due to practice crash), Vitor Meira (2004, 2005), Roger Yasukawa (2004), Danica Patrick (2005, 2006), Jeff Simmons (2006, 2007), Scott Sharp (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Oriol Servia (2009), Graham Rahal (2010), Bertrand Baguette (2011), Jay Howard (2011), Takuma Sato (2012) and Michel Jourdain (2012).  The No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires entry for Graham Rahal, No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts entry for James Jakes and No. 17 Office Depot entry for Michel Jourdain will bring that total to 31 in 2013.
 
NEXT UP: Practice will resume tomorrow from 8-10 a.m. ET.  Qualifying for Segment 1 will take place from 11-4 p.m. with Segment 2 taking place from 4:30-6:00 to determine the top nine qualifiers.  NBC Sports Network will air qualifying action from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The 97th Indianapolis 500 race will be May 26 and will be televised by ABC at 12 p.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com.
 
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