DelTran Battery Tender Extends Partnership with RLL; Expands Associate Sponsor Role to Include USCC Program in Addition to IndyCar

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 9, 2014) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Deltran Battery Tender®, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency battery chargers, has increased their role with the team. Battery Tender was an associate sponsor of the team’s 2013 IndyCar Series program and in 2014 they will expand their involvement with RLL as an associate sponsor for both the IndyCar program and two-car United SportsCar Championship (USCC) effort.  In addition to strategic branding across both IndyCar and USCC programs, the partnership includes a personal services role with IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal, who is expected to again be featured in a commercial for the brand.

“DelTran Battery Tender® is thrilled to expand upon the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Partnership! After last year’s success on and off the track with Graham Rahal we could not be happier with our marketing efforts and exposure,” said Evin Prelec, Director of Marketing and Advertising for Deltran Battery Tender. “Expanding the partnership to include BMW Team RLL makes perfect sense. We have had a long, successful branding/supplier relationship with BMW and are looking forward to supporting the team and drivers on track!”

“We are very pleased to have Battery Tender back with us for 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.  “It’s a great company with great people and we are fortunate to have them extend and grown their partnership with us. We look forward to continuing to help them achieve their goals through their association with us.”

RLL earned two 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’s sports car program, run under the name of BMW Team RLL, earned two wins and four poles in the 2013 American Le Mans Series GT-class as well as finished second in the Team, Manufacturer and Driver Championships (Mueller). BMW Team RLL will compete in the GTLM class in the USCC in 2014.

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 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 will compete in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program in the GTLM class and attempt to add to their 10 wins and 43 podium finishes.

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