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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 17, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Klipsch, a leading global speaker manufacturer, has entered into a multi-year strategic partnership with the IndyCar Series team. Klipsch will serve as the "Official Audio & Headphone Partner" of RLL and become an associate sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (TGPLB) marks the team’s 14th time to compete in the event and their second since 2003 when Michel Jourdain, Jr. won pole, led a race high 48 laps and was in the lead when his car stuck in gear on his final stop with seven laps to go and ultimately retired in 15th place. Although the team didn’t compete in Indy car races here from 2004-2011 while they fielded a fulltime entry in the Indy Racing League (2004-2008), they did compete in the 2003 and 2004 Atlantic races with Danica Patrick and in the 2007 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race. In 2009, the team returned to the streets of Long Beach in the ALMS with BMW Team RLL and finished on the podium each year since then including a win in 2011 with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller.
SUMMARY: Graham Rahal started 21st in the 90-lap race but made contact with Servia on the opening lap when the field checked up. He had to pit for a new front wing and returned to the track in 25th place. He worked his way into a solid finishing position of 12th place but ran out of fuel on the final lap and coasted to the checkered flag in 21st. James Jakes started 11th and was in 12th place when he reported a problem with the rear of the car early in the race. After stops on Laps 10 and 11 it was determined that the camber shims had fallen out of the left rear upright. Once that was fixed, he returned to the track two laps down in 25th place. He soldiered on and ran the fastest lap of the race near the end of the event and finished 23rd.
SUMMARY: Graham Rahal set the 11th fastest lap in Group 1, Round 1 and did not advance to Round 2. Near the end of his run, he was on what was his fastest lap to that point and closed on a car that had ended his run and Graham’s overall lap time suffered. His best lap time would have allowed him to advance to Round 2 had he been in Group 2. James Jakes advanced from Round 1, Group 2 to Round 2 by setting the fifth fastest lap time (1:07.54). In Round 2, Jakes set the 12th fastest lap time to earn his best starting position at this track.
The 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will mark the second IndyCar Series race for the team at Barber Motorsports Park (BMP). Last year the team prepared an entry for Takuma Sato here. For 2013, RLLR has entered the No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires car for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts car for James Jakes to bring the team’s total to three entries for this event. The team will attempt to break the stronghold Team Penske has on this event. In the three IndyCar events held here since 2010, Team Penske drivers have won pole and the race each year.
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 28, 2013) – Graham Rahal completed a trouble-free day of testing his No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Honda-Dallara-Firestone race car last night at the 1.5-mile high-banked Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) oval. He completed 94 laps between 2-10 p.m. CT with a best lap time of 214.058 mph.
“We were making good progress with both cars from Practice 1, 2 and 3 and then the red tires in qualifying were definitely a curve ball since none of the teams got to test them before hand," said Technical Director Jay O'Connell. "We struggled with rear grip on the red tires which was unexpected based on our experience from last year but we will learn from that and take it into account for tomorrow and make sure the setups are good for both red and black tires and look forward to a better race. We used this rain tire in Detroit last year so we can lean on that experience if we need them tomorrow. This rain tire is better in lower water depths so it’s better for transition to dry situations. If its really deep water they will probably stop the race because of water collecting. So this rain tire should work well in the conditions they will let us run in.”
The 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will mark the sixth IndyCar Series race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) in St. Petersburg. It will be the team’s first time to run full season, multiple-car programs since 2007 (Sharp and Simmons/Hunter-Reay) RLLR has entered the No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires car for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts car for James Jakes to bring the team’s total to 10 entries for this event.