BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 23, 2019) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Hendrickson, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of suspension systems and components to the global commercial transportation industry, announced today a multi-year partnership that will see Hendrickson become an associate sponsor of the team’s NTT IndyCar Series program as well as the creation of a purpose-built engineering support trailer to be utilized throughout the season beginning with the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.
“The addition of a third trailer devoted exclusively to our engineers will enable us to maximize information sharing between our most important assets – our human capital,” said Bobby Rahal, team co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan. “In addition to using the state-of-the-art trailer to its full extent, we are looking forward to sharing technology.”
The design of the engineering support trailer features a single wheel INTRAAX suspension that maximizes the interior dimensions and usable space for the race team. It debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the team prepares for the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. The team won the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice as the driver.
Gary Gerstenslager, Hendrickson, President and CEO said, “For Hendrickson, advanced technology and innovation continues to drive our product development engineering process. We look at all industries for inspiration and new ideas, and INDYCAR has always been at the top of the list. The opportunity to partner with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on their Engineering Support Trailer and to share technology was an easy decision for Hendrickson. We are proud to be associated with RLL.”
The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 26. NBC will begin race day coverage at 11 a.m. EST. To learn more about the team and to view preparations for the Indianapolis 500 via a garage camera, please visit www.rahal.com.
Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of medium- and heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle and brakes systems; tire pressure control systems; auxiliary lift axle systems; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; stabilizers; bumpers; and components to the global commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Woodridge, Ill., USA, continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry for more than 100 years. Visit Hendrickson at www.hendrickson-intl.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 2019, the team will compete in their 28th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 27 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 30 poles, 98 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. Since 2014, BMW Team RLL has competed in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 20 wins, 26 poles and 75 podium finishes as well as a second place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017. The team also participates in the 2018/2019 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series with a two-car program and has earned three wins in seven races to date. It is the world’s first production-based electric vehicle race series and is a support event to the FIA Formula E Championship.