Deltran Battery Tender Joins RLL Racing’s Indy Car Program as Official Team Partner

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 8, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Deltran Battery Tender, a leading manu­fac­turer of high-efficiency battery chargers, has become an “Offi­cial Team Partner” of their IZOD IndyCar Series team for 2013.  The part­ner­ship will include both strategic branding and personal services with driver Graham Rahal and the No. 15 car spon­sored by TBC Retail Group and Valvoline.

2013 is going to be an exciting year for Deltran Battery Tender®,” said Evin Prelec, Director of Adver­tising and Marketing, Deltran Battery Tender®.  “Deltran continues its expan­sion within motor­sports and feels that Battery Tender’s involve­ment with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Graham Rahal will bring a new level of expo­sure. This will be our first year of involve­ment with Indy car racing and we plan on incor­po­rating Graham and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on many marketing ventures throughout the year. We are looking forward to a successful part­ner­ship and an exciting year on track.”

On behalf of the team, we warmly welcome Battery Tender as a team part­ners for the 2013 IndyCar Series season,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Battery Tender is known throughout the industry as the domi­nant brand in their field so it’s great to have such a partner join us. We look forward to working with them to provide the value they seek through this partnership.”

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing returned to full-time IZOD IndyCar Series compe­ti­tion in 2012 for the first time since 2008. Season high­lights include a second place finish in Edmonton and third in Brazil with Takuma Sato in addi­tion to being a contender for the team’s second victory in the Indi­anapolis 500 on the final lap.  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.
 
In November, the team announced that Graham Rahal, 23, had signed a multi-year contract 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 with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Michael Lanigan.  TBC Retail Group, who has spon­sored Graham since 2010, will be the primary sponsor while Valvo­line will be a major asso­ciate sponsor.
 
About Battery Tender
In 1989, Deltran intro­duced the Battery Tender into the market­place. The main reason was that many more AGM style lead acid batteries were being used in a variety of power sports engine start appli­ca­tions. Each and every Deltran Battery Tender Battery Charger® regard­less of its size is programmed with a micro­processor that will correctly charge a battery then auto­mat­i­cally switch to a maintenance/float mode. Refer to www.batterytender.com for more infor­ma­tion.
 
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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