Rahal Letterman Lanigan Donated Indy Car To University of Northwestern Ohio

HILLIARD, Ohio (August 1, 2011) – For three years, one of the former race-winning Indy cars from the Rahal Letterman Lanigan stable had been in use at Columbus’ popular Center of Science and Industry (COSI) children’s museum where little hands learned what made race cars go.

Now that same car will be worked over by much more talented and capable hands that will study not only what makes it go — but what makes it go faster, longer and safer.

RLL today donated one of its former Indy cars to the Univer­sity of North­western Ohio’s (UNOH) highly-successful High Perfor­mance Motor­sports program, which is taught at the University’s Lima campus. The program began in 1992 and in 2006 became the largest of its kind in the nation, with a seven-acre, 70,000 sq. ft. complex dedi­cated to helping students earn degrees in high-performance tech­nology. In addi­tion to its large on-campus facility, UNOH also owns and oper­ates Lima­land Motor­sports Park, which is a 1/4-mile,high-banked dirt oval that hosts weekly events for stock, modi­fieds and sprint cars and hosts the World of Outlaws Brad Doty Classic each July.

We have always had success with devel­oping young racing talent but this gives us an oppor­tu­nity to help the sport in an entirely different way,” said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “UNOH has done a fantastic job with their ground­breaking high-performance program and we are pleased to be able to help.”

As part of the university’s program curriculum students, along with faculty coaches develop actual racing teams that are made entirely of students, which compete on many of the Midwest’s top tracks. The first-year students run stock cars while the second-year program sees the teams build, main­tain and drive modi­fied cars. The students have a hand in every facet of the oper­a­tion including managing the all-important racing budget. The program also has rela­tion­ships with racing sanc­tioning bodies such as ARCA, DIRT, NHRA, NASCAR and Grand-Am, and has been eager to intro­duce its students to the world of open-wheel racing as well.

Indy Car racing leads the way in the tech­nology of motor­sports, and Rahal Letterman Lanigan has gener­ously given us an essen­tial tool we can use to intro­duce and teach our students about these sophis­ti­cated cars,” said UNOH High Perfor­mance Motor­sports instructor Mike Stre­icher. “This oppor­tu­nity will allow out students to be better prepared when they grad­uate from UNOH and take their skills into the world of open-wheel racing.”

The Univer­sity of North­western Ohio

The Univer­sity of North­western Ohio is an entre­pre­neurial, not-for-profit, univer­sity founded in 1920. There are five colleges within the univer­sity: The College of Applied Tech­nolo­gies, College of Busi­ness, College of Occu­pa­tional Profes­sions, College of Health Profes­sions, and the Grad­uate College. UNOH has taught students from all 50 states and 16 foreign coun­tries, and currently has more than 4500 students enrolled from 36 states and 6 foreign coun­tries. UNOH offers more than 60 different programs of study including Master, Baccalau­reate, Asso­ciate, and Diploma programs.