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Rain Limited Running on Day 1 of the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg; Rahal Was 13th Overall in Practice and Fourth Fastest Honda

RAIN LIMITED RUNNING ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG INDYCAR SEASON OPENER; RAHAL WAS 13TH OVERALL IN PRACTICE AND FOURTH FASTEST HONDA

1)    Will Power        1:01.4709 / 105.416 mph    (Set in Prac­tice 1; no cars ran in P2)

13)  Graham Rahal  1:02.1850 / 104.205 mph    (Set in Prac­tice 1; no cars ran in P2)         

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Steak ‘n Shake to be Primary Sponsor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s IndyCar Entry at Five Venues Including the Indy 500

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 24, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Steak ‘n Shake, the defin­i­tive Amer­ican brand and home of the orig­inal Steak­burger™ and hand-dipped milk­shakes, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal at five Verizon IndyCar Series events including the 99th running of the Indi­anapolis 500. The part­ner­ship includes races at Long Beach, two events at Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway and Detroit and Mid-Ohio. Maxim Maga­zine branding will also be featured on the race car. Both are owned by Biglari Hold­ings Inc.

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BMW Team RLL Misses Out on Podium in Sebring; BMW Z4 GTLM’s Finished Fourth and Eighth at 63rd 12 Hours of Sebring

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 21, 2015… Lucas Luhr (DE), John Edwards (US) and Jens Kling­mann (DE) finished fourth in the GTLM class for BMW Team RLL in the 12 Hours of Sebring (US), the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC). The three drivers completed a total of 329 laps with the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM. The No. 3 Corvette crew of Antonio García (ES), Jan Magnussen (DK) and Ryan Briscoe (AU) claimed the GTLM victory.

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Rahal Fastest Honda-Powered Driver in Both Sessions on Day 2 of the IndyCar Pre-Season Open Test at Barber; Seventh Fastest Over the Two Days and Top Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Barber Motor­sports Park – OPEN TEST

Verizon IndyCar Series

TEST NOTES/QUOTES — March 17, 2015

 

RAHAL FASTEST HONDA-POWERED DRIVER IN MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS ON DAYOF THE INDYCAR PRE-SEASON OPEN TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

 

Overall Times for the Test (4 sessions over two days)

1)         Will Power (Chevy)                           1:07.3118 / 123.010 mph      (set in Prac­tice 3)

7)         Graham Rahal (fastest Honda)       1:07.6203 / 122.448 mph       (set in Prac­tice 4)

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It’s nice to finish in the top five here, which has been a place we have strug­gled at before.  We’ve got a little work to do for sure though but I’m pleased with our result because a lot of the guys had a lot more tires than us at the end. They just kept running new tires and we had one shot at it and to do a 1:07.62 felt nice.  It should have had a five in it but that would have been about it. I’m proud of these guys. Today our objec­tive was to try a ton of stuff as learn as much as we could about the aero and I think they’ve done a heck of a job. We test at Sebring on Monday and Tuesday and its going to be an inter­esting animal with the fact that it’s going to be pretty grippy after the 12 hour race but at the end of the day I’m just looking forward to turning some laps. It’s going to be good for the dura­bility of these cars, to test how it shakes, rattles, where any weak points are and all of that sort of stuff. At the end of the day, we’ve got to just trying to turn laps in these things and test them and Sebring’s next up.”

  • FAST FACTS: In the morning session (Prac­tice 3), Rahal set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers and was P4 overall with a lap time of 1:07.6992. He also set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers in today’s after­noon session with a lap time of 1:07.6203 and was P5 overall… Rahal, 26, will compete in his ninth season in a major open wheel series and his third full one with RLL.  His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 128 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 23 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Peters­burg — 53 top-10’s, and led a total of 150 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 Detroit Dual 1 in 2014.

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BMW Celebrates 40th Anniversary of 1975 Sebring Victory With Original Team and Drivers: Commemorative Livery to Race on Both BMW Team RLL Machines

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 17, 2015… BMW Team RLL will enter­tain very special guests and race with a commem­o­ra­tive livery on both BMW Z4 GTLM machines at the 63rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 21st. The race marks the 40th anniver­sary of BMW’s first major sports car race victory in the US. Intro­duced last Friday evening by Ludwig Willisch, Pres­i­dent and CEO, BMW of North America, at his BMW Legends dinner during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, BMW Team RLL will run a special livery on its two BMW Z4 GTLM race cars to honor the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL, which intro­duced BMW Motor­sport GmbH to the US four decades ago.

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Rahal Pleased With Progress During Day 1 of Barber Test; Fastest Honda in Session 1, 10th Overall for Day

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Barber Motor­sports Park – OPEN TEST

Verizon IndyCar Series

Test Notes/Quotes — March 16, 2014

 

1)         Scott Dixon (Chevy)                                     1:07.4805 / 122.702 mph

6)         Ryan Hunter-Reay (fastest Honda)             1:07.8494 / 122.035 mph

10)       Graham Rahal (3rd fastest Honda)             1:07.9317 / 121.887 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Today was good. We got through a lot of things we wanted to test. It’s kind of frus­trating not being the quickest Honda now that we have been a couple of times. I think we’re creeping up on this though. At the end of the day, on the theo­ret­i­cals, we’re quickest so we need to put the lap together. I think one of the things we’re suffering with a little bit is the consis­tency of the car from one lap to the next and that’s what we’re going to have to work on tomorrow. We’re working through a lot, the guys are working extremely hard and I think things are looking pretty good.”

  • FAST FACTS: In the morning session, Rahal set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers and was P8 overall with a lap time of 1:08.6550… Rahal, 26, will compete in his ninth season in a major open wheel series and his third full one with RLL.  His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 128 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 23 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Peters­burg — 53 top-10’s, and led a total of 150 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 Detroit Dual 1 in 2014. 

NEXT UP:  The Open Test will resume tomorrow from 10 – 1 and 2 – 6 CT. Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

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