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 MoveThatBlock.com 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 MoveThatBlock.com 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.