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Steak ‘n Shake to be Primary Sponsor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s IndyCar Entry at Five Venues Including the Indy 500

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 by Graham 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.

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BMW Team RLL Misses Out on Podium in Sebring; BMW Z4 GTLM’s Finished Fourth and Eighth at 63rd 12 Hours of Sebring

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 21, 2015… Lucas Luhr (DE), John Edwards (US) and Jens Klingmann (DE) finished fourth in the GTLM class for BMW Team RLL in the 12 Hours of Sebring (US), the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC). The three drivers completed a total of 329 laps with the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM. The No. 3 Corvette crew of Antonio García (ES), Jan Magnussen (DK) and Ryan Briscoe (AU) claimed the GTLM victory.

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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 MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS ON DAY 2 OF THE INDYCAR PRE-SEASON OPEN TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

 

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.

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BMW Celebrates 40th Anniversary of 1975 Sebring Victory With Original Team and Drivers: Commemorative Livery to Race on Both BMW Team RLL Machines

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 17, 2015… BMW Team RLL will entertain very special guests and race with a commemorative livery on both BMW Z4 GTLM machines at the 63rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 21st. The race marks the 40th anniversary of BMW’s first major sports car race victory in the US. Introduced last Friday evening by Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, at his BMW Legends dinner during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, BMW Team RLL will run a special livery on its two BMW Z4 GTLM race cars to honor the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL, which introduced BMW Motorsport GmbH to the US four decades ago.

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

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Barber Motorsports Park – OPEN TEST

Verizon IndyCar Series

Test Notes/Quotes – March 16, 2014

 

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.

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