Gehl Returns to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as an Associate Sponsor for the Team’s IndyCar Program

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 13, 2014) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the Gehl brand, part of Manitou Amer­icas, Inc. has returned as an asso­ciate sponsor of the team’s IndyCar Series program. Manitou Amer­icas, Inc. is a producer of Gehl, Manitou, and Mustang branded equip­ment for construc­tion, agri­cul­ture, mining, energy indus­tries and beyond. In addi­tion, Gehl will enter into their ninth season of involve­ment with Graham Rahal, whom they have had a personal services contract with since his 2006 Atlantic Cham­pi­onship season where he was runner up to the cham­pion.  Gehl was an asso­ciate sponsor of the race team from 2006 – 2008.

We are very excited to expand our rela­tion­ship with Graham and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team in 2014,” said Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Amer­icas and Pres­i­dent of the Compact Equip­ment Divi­sion. “Graham has been a part of the Gehl brand for over nine years. Over the years, we have devel­oped a strong rela­tion­ship with Graham that has extended to our dealers and customers. And now, with him driving the Army National Guard INDYCAR, our part­ner­ship with Graham and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan racing team will further enhance the excite­ment of our customers and dealers and we are honored to be part of it.”

Our part­ner­ship with Gehl began in 2006 and here we are nine years later and we couldn’t be happier to continue with them in 2014,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “They have been a pretty consis­tent pres­ence for us over the years so to have Gehl back, and to work with their customers is going to be great as it is every year. Their involve­ment in racing also extends to playing a major role at events like the Long Beach Grand Prix and other tracks in North America. We are pleased to continue our rela­tion­ship with such a great company.”

In addi­tion to its rela­tion­ship with RLL and driver Graham Rahal, Gehl has been active in motor­sports for many years.  Gehl has been the “Offi­cial Construc­tion Equip­ment” of the Grand Prix of Long Beach for more than 24 years and Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for over 25 years. Other race venues Gehl has been involved with include the Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg, Denver Grand Prix, Infi­neon Raceway, and The Milwaukee Mile. Gehl was also an “Offi­cial Supplier” to the Champ Car Safety Team for many years.

RLL earned two second place finishes in the IndyCar Series in 2013 with Graham Rahal (Long Beach) and James Jakes (Detroit Dual 2) and will begin their 23rd year of open wheel compe­ti­tion in 2014. The team recently announced that the Army National Guard would be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal in 2014 and that they will prepare a second entry for Oriol Servia for four events with the intent to add more as spon­sor­ship details are finalized.

About Gehl

With roots dating back to 1859, Manitou Amer­icas, Inc. (formerly known as Gehl Company) is a producer of Gehl, Manitou and Mustang branded equip­ment for construc­tion, agri­cul­ture, industry and beyond. Head­quar­tered in West Bend, Wisconsin, Manitou Amer­icas, Inc. main­tains North Amer­ican oper­a­tions in Madison and Yankton, South Dakota, Waco, Texas and Belvidere, Illi­nois. While Manitou Amer­icas has had a pres­ence in inter­na­tional markets for over 50 years, it became a true global company in 2008 when it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitou BFSA, based in Ancenis, France.

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 will attempt to add to their 10 wins and 43 podium finishes.

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