BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 1, 2016) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that United Rentals Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, will be the primary sponsor for the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal in the Chevrolet Duals in Detroit, June 4 and 5, as well as a major associate sponsor on the team’s entry for Rahal during the entire 2016 season.
“We are excited to not only welcome a new sponsor to the Verizon IndyCar Series but also one that is the largest in the world in its respective industry,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former late night talk show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Michael Lanigan. “The equipment services they offer fit well with the needs of many including the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock, and we are proud Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will lead the charge with United Rentals in the series.”
RLL was a championship contender entering the season-finale of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season with Graham Rahal, who was ranked a career-best second place entering the double-points race at Sonoma Raceway and the highest-ranked Honda-powered driver. Rahal ended the 2015 season with a career-best season-ending rank of fourth place after he earned a series-high six podium finishes including wins at Auto Club Speedway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“With all the anticipation and possibilities of a new racing season upon us, United Rentals is excited to help the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team contend for a championship with the support of our equipment, people and expertise,” said Michael Kneeland, CEO, United Rentals. “Our partnership will also highlight our support for military personnel and veterans and will allow us to showcase for customers the ways United Rentals can help them build better futures.”
United Rentals offers expert construction and industrial equipment rental, trench safety, temporary power, climate control, fluid transfer, tool management and technology services through the largest customer service organization of its kind in North America: 897 rental branches in the United States and Canada. For more information, see www.unitedrentals.com .
The 16-race 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season continues with the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix on April 2, which will be televised on NBSCN at 8:30 p.m. ET. For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com.
About United Rentals
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 897 rental locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The company’s approximately 12,700 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $8.73 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com .
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, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2016 the team will compete in their 25th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 22 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles, 87 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also 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 moved to the GTLM class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and earned six podium finishes including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team earned three wins, two poles and a total of eight podiums to finish second in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships. In 2016, BMW Team RLL will attempt to add to their 13 wins, 20 poles and 57 podium finishes.
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