The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team has finally confirmed the poorly-kept secret of a major sponsorship deal with the Army National Guard, which will be the primary sponsor of the team’s #15 entry driven by Graham Rahal.
National Guard has served as a long-standing sponsor of the Panther Racing team (pictured below), which had a disjointed 2013 IndyCar Series campaign after firing JR Hildebrand early on, and spending the rest of the season alternating between Oriol Servia and Ryan Briscoe.
RLL has spent a number of months courting the National Guard’s huge sponsorship dollars, and played the patriotism card in order to land the deal, worth millions of dollars to the team co-owned by Mike Lanigan and David Letterman.
“This is an historic day for all of us at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” team co-owner Bobby Rahal beamed.
“I can’t overstate how proud and how privileged we feel to represent the men and women of the Army National Guard. This is a huge responsibility that each of us feels and we are looking forward to working with the National Guard to achieve their goals.
“And I can’t imagine a better ambassador for those men and women than Graham, as an American, driving the National Guard Dallara-Honda IndyCar.”
The 2014 season will mark Rahal’s eighth in top-level open-wheel racing. The 25-year-old – who scored an outstanding debut victory at the 2008 Grand Prix of St Petersburg as a 19-year-old – has generally failed to hit the lofty heights of his early IndyCar years and will be under enormous pressure to deliver more consistent performances in 2014.
Images via LAT and Motorsport.com
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