National Tire and Battery Joins RLL to Sponsor Pippa Mann’s Indy Effort

HILLIARD, Ohio (August 9, 2011) – IZOD Indy Car Series rookie Pippa Mann knew she would have Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s top-flight mechanics and tech­ni­cians working on her car in her debut with the team this weekend, but the British driver today gained the support of thou­sands more qual­i­fied auto­mo­tive profes­sionals through a part­ner­ship with NTB — National Tire and Battery®.

NTB will be on the #30 Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry for this weekend’s Indy 225 at New Hamp­shire Motor Speedway, while Big O Tires® will be featured on the RLL car at Kentucky and Las Vegas. NTB, which is part of the TBC Retail Group, has spon­sored Rahal Letterman Lanigan Indy Car efforts in the recent past with Graham Rahal and Jay Howard with not only NTB, but fellow TBC Retail Group part­ners Big O Tires and Service Central®.

“We are thrilled to have Pippa repre­sent the NTB brand in New Hamp­shire. Not only is she a fine young lady with outstanding skills behind the wheel, she is building a solid repu­ta­tion as being a go-getter,” said Orland Wolford, Pres­i­dent and CEO of TBC Retail Group. “We look forward to watching her climb the ranks of racing.”

NTB and all of TBC Retail Group have been great part­ners to work with in the past, and we are pleased to continue our rela­tion­ship with this program,” said RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal. “We have high expec­ta­tions for this program and we antic­i­pate that Pippa will work very hard to repre­sent NTB and the TBC Retail Group as profes­sion­ally as possible.”

Pippa will be making her maiden voyage with RLL this weekend at Loudon’s one-mile oval, although the former Fire­stone Indy Lights fron­trunner tested there with the team last month. A winner last year at Kentucky in the Lights series, Mann is looking forward to making her debut with a new team and a new sponsor.

“Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing intro­duced me Orland Wolford of TBC just under a week ago now. As we were admiring my new car, I think we both thought that the National Tire & Battery Red #30 was already looking pretty racy in her new color scheme, but that there was a little some­thing lacking! Luckily, Orland agreed with me, and I can’t thank him, TBC Corpo­ra­tion and Service Central enough for coming on board! I am extremely excited to be added to the roster of Indy Car drivers whom they have supported and I am looking forwards to repre­senting National Tire & Battery and Big O Tires out on track for the remainder of this season!”

The Indy 225 at New Hamp­shire Motor Speedway gets underway Thursday after­noon with a pair of prac­tice session on the Loudon oval. The cars will prac­tice and qualify on Saturday after­noon, setting the grid for Sunday’s 225-lap event. The race can be seen live on ABC begin­ning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

About NTB-National Tire and battery

National Tire and Battery (NTB) tire and auto­mo­tive service centers provide a variety of services performed by trained and certi­fied ASE tech­ni­cians using state-of-the-art equip­ment. There are more than 380 NTB retail loca­tions throughout the U.S. It is one of four brands oper­ated by the TBC Retail Group (TBC). Head­quar­tered in Juno Beach, Florida, TBC Retail Group, Inc., a subsidiary of TBC Corpo­ra­tion, oper­ates more than 770 tire and auto­mo­tive service centers under the brands: Tire Kingdom, NTB — National Tire and Battery, and Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers, along with over 400 fran­chised Big O Tires loca­tions. The contin­gent of more than 1200 stores has trained and certi­fied ASE tech­ni­cians who use state-of-the-art equip­ment to provide quality service on cars and trucks. The nation­wide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their invest­ment in over 40 states. TBC Retail Group employs more than 300 asso­ciates at its Juno Beach, Fla. head­quar­ters and approx­i­mately 10,000 asso­ciates nation­ally. To locate a store near you, call 800-NEW-TIRE.