News Tagged “Graham Rahal”

After Six Hours: Exciting Start to the Daytona 24 Hours; BMW Team RLL Running in Sixth and Seventh in GTLM

Daytona (US), 25th January 2014. The 24-hour race of Daytona (US) is on: The number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM, driven by Dirk Müller (DE), John Edwards (US), Dirk Werner (DE) and Graham Rahal (US) is running sixth in the GTLM cate­gory after six hours. Bill Auberlen (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Joey Hand (US) and Maxime Martin (BE) hold seventh place in the opener of the maiden United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC) season.   At 2:47 hours into the race the endurance classic had to be red-flagged for more than an hour following a serious acci­dent between Ferrari’s Matteo Malu­celli (IT) and Corvette driver Memo Gidley (US). At the wheel of his Daytona proto­type, Gidley hit Malucelli’s car, which was running slowly on the outside line, at high speed. Both drivers were trans­ported to the nearby Halifax Health Medical Center.   In the GTD cate­gory, BMW works driver Augusto Farfus (BR) is ranked 21st along with his fellow Turner Motor­sport drivers Paul Dalla Lana (CA), Dane Cameron (US) and Markus Palt­tala (FI) in the BMW Z4 GTD. A colli­sion early in the race had cost the yellow number 94 car several places.   Mean­while, the drivers are racing in the dark at the “Daytona Inter­na­tional Speedway”. Martin is currently on duty at the wheel of the number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM, while Werner is driving the number 56 car.

Voices: BMW Team RLL is Ready for the Rolex 24 at Daytona

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Jan. 23, 2014 … BMW Team RLL brings a power-packed driver lineup to the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona to pilot the two BMW Z4 GTLM racing machines.   Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Maxime Martin and Andy Priaulx will share the black No. 55 car. John Edwards, Dirk Müller, Graham Rahal and Dirk Werner will co-drive the white No. 56 machine. Among them Auberlen has two class wins (1997 GT3, 1998 GT3) and Müller one (1998 GT1) while Hand and Rahal co-drove to the 2011 overall victory in a BMW-powered Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley Daytona Proto­type. Team leader Bobby Rahal won the twice-around-the-clock classic as a driver in 1981.   The 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona starts at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25th with FOX Sports 1 covering the first two hours of the race live. A total of 15 hours of the race will be broad­cast on FOX Sports channels.

Rahal Optimistic After Completing the First of a Two-Day Test at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (December 18, 2013) – Graham Rahal completed a trouble-free day of testing today at the 1.65-mile Sebring Inter­na­tional Raceway short course in prepa­ra­tion for the 2014 IndyCar Series season.  He completed a total of 101 laps with a best lap time of 52.37 with Honda Perfor­mance Development’s single turbo engine installed in the DW12 chassis.  The team will switch to the new HPD twin turbocharged 2.2-liter V-6 engine overnight and continue testing tomorrow.

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Rahal Completed His First IndyCar Test for 2014; Also First Test with Pappas and Honda’s New Twin Turbo Engine

GRAHAM RAHAL COMPLETED HIS FIRST INDYCAR TEST FOR 2014 AND RANTOTAL OF 107 TROUBLE-FREE LAPS; FIRST TEST WITH PAPPAS AND HONDA’S TWIN TURBO

SEBRING, Fla. (November 18, 2013) – Graham Rahal completed a trouble-free day of testing today at the 1.65-mile Sebring Inter­na­tional Raceway short course in prepa­ra­tion for the 2014 IndyCar Series season.  He completed a total of 107 laps with a best lap time of 53.28.  It was his first test with new race engi­neer Bill Pappas and with Honda Perfor­mance Development’s new twin turbocharged 2.2-liter V-6 engine.

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Veteran Engineer Bill Pappas Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as Race Engineer for Graham Rahal

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 31, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Bill Pappas will join the team as race engi­neer for Graham Rahal’s IndyCar Series program begin­ning November 1. Pappas has over 25 years of racing expe­ri­ence after working with teams such as Roush Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Walker Racing, Panther Racing, and others. Most recently he was the race engi­neer for Justin Wilson at Dale Coyne Racing from 2012 – 2013.

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