Army National Guard Joins RLL as Primary Sponsor of the No. 15 IndyCar Entry for Graham Rahal

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 6, 2014) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that they have signed an agree­ment with the Army National Guard, the oldest compo­nent of the Armed Forces of the United States, to be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 entry driven by Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Series.

This is an historic day for all of us at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” 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 can’t over­state how proud and how priv­i­leged we feel to repre­sent the men and women of the Army National Guard. This is a huge respon­si­bility that each of us feels and we are looking forward to working with the National Guard to achieve their goals.

And I can’t imagine a better ambas­sador for those men and women than Graham, as an Amer­ican, driving the National Guard Dallara-Honda IndyCar,” added Bobby Rahal.

The 2014 season will mark the eighth in a top-tier open wheel racing series for the 25-year-old Rahal, who became the youngest winner in major auto racing history when he drove to victory in his first IndyCar Series race at the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg 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.

In 110 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 21 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Peters­burg — 49 top-10’s, and led a total of 121 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 had compet­i­tive runs at Iowa, where he won the Heat Race, Sonoma and Balti­more in 2013.

I am really over the moon about driving the National Guard car,” said Graham Rahal. “Being an Amer­ican and an extremely patri­otic person, I am very proud of the men and women who fight for us and keep this great country safe and free. To have the oppor­tu­nity to repre­sent the National Guard and all that they do both here  and abroad means more than anybody could ever know. This has been a long time coming; we have all worked very hard for this. For our sport, for every indi­vidual member of our team and for myself, this is prob­ably the best news in the history of our orga­ni­za­tion. I am thrilled and feel very fortu­nate to be a part of this and I hope that I can make all the guard Soldiers proud and get them up front and winning both on and off the track.”

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About the National Guard

The National Guard’s roots date back to 1636, when colo­nial mili­tias — made up of ordi­nary citi­zens — would put down their plows and pick up their weapons to protect fami­lies and towns from hostile attacks.  Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while training part-time, staying ready to defend America in the event of an emergency

The National Guard serves both state and federal govern­ments. The differ­ence between the Guard and other mili­tary branches is that while Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed over­seas, they are just as likely to serve in their home commu­ni­ties — training a minimum of one weekend per month, and two-weeks a year.  The incred­ible versa­tility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emer­gen­cies, combat missions, coun­ter­drug efforts, recon­struc­tion missions and more — all with equal speed, strength and efficiency

The Army National Guard oper­ates in all 50 states, three terri­to­ries (Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia.  Whether the call is coming from the state Governor or directly from the Pres­i­dent of the United States, Guard Soldiers are always ready and always there.

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 2014 the team will begin their 23rd 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, 80 podium finishes and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team 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 is competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship with a two-car program in the GTLM class and recently finished second and fourth in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to bring their win total to 10 races and 44 podium finishes.

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David Letterman, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing:

I couldn’t be more proud to be affil­i­ated with the National Guard.  To demon­strate my excite­ment I am also signing up.”

Mike Lanigan, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing:

To repre­sent our country with spon­sor­ship from the National Guard and get involved with the fine young men and women who chose the career path in protecting and insuring our freedom today in this ever changing world is some­thing I am most grateful for and honored to do. In repre­senting our oldest armed forces, it is our job at RLL to assist the tradi­tion of having the finest young people insure the Amer­ican liber­ties as they have done so well in the past, and we some­times take for granted.”


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