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Gehl to Be Primary Sponsor of Graham Rahal’s Entry at the Iowa Corn 300

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced yesterday that the Gehl brand, part of Manitou Americas, Inc., will be the primary sponsor for Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Honda-powered entry at the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway July 9. Gehl was co-primary sponsor of Rahal’s entry at this past weekend’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America for the second consecutive year and has increased their involvement.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with Graham and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team at the Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar Series race,” said Laurent Bonnaure, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Manitou Group. “Graham has been associated with Gehl for over 11 years and has developed strong relationships with our dealers, customers and company employees. We are honored to have Graham drive the Gehl/Manitou-sponsored car.”

Gehl was an associate sponsor of RLLR’s IndyCar Series program from 2006-2008 and again for the 2014 season. Manitou Americas, Inc. is a producer of Gehl, Manitou, and Mustang branded equipment for construction, agriculture, mining, energy industries and beyond. In addition, Gehl is in their 12th year of involvement with Graham Rahal, whom they have supported since his 2006 Atlantic Championship season where he was runner up to the champion.

“We value our longstanding relationship with Gehl and also appreciate their support of Graham throughout his career,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “To see our partnership extend from Road America and now to a primary sponsorship at Iowa is something we are very proud of. We look to continue to build our program with Gehl in the future and help strengthen relationships and business opportunities through their dealers and customers.”

Rahal is only 38 points behind second place ranked driver Simon Pagenaud in Verizon IndyCar Series standings and ranked seventh overall heading into Round 11 of 17 at Iowa Speedway. Season highlights to date include one pole and two wins in a dominant doubleheader weekend in Detroit earlier this month. Rahal’s best finish at Iowa Speedway is fourth in 2015 and he won Heat Race 2 in 2013. The Iowa Corn 300 will be televised live on NBCSN on Sunday, July 9 beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

“I’m extremely excited that Gehl has come back on board as the primary sponsor for the race in Iowa,” said Graham Rahal, 28. “For me this has been such as tremendous relationship that goes back so many years. It’s great to see them expand their relationship with the team and put the bright yellow car on track in Iowa. I want to thank everyone at Gehl Manitou that made this possible. We will certainly do our best to make them proud.”

“The Gehl/Manitou product is one we distribute in the Midwest and west coast United States,” added Mike Lanigan of the business relationship between Gehl and Mi-Jack, a company he co-owns. “To have them on our team is one I am most proud and excited about. Their product range enjoys the most advanced technologies and quality in our industry. To be associated on both fronts with racing and as a dealer for Gehl/Manitou enforces the marketing commitment of both our companies. We are and will continue to be the leader in the markets we compete in.”

In addition to its relationship with RLLR and driver Graham Rahal, Gehl has been active in motorsports for many years. Gehl has been the “Official Construction Equipment” of the Grand Prix of Long Beach and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. for over 27 years. Other race venues Gehl has been involved with include the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Denver Grand Prix, Infineon Raceway, and The Milwaukee Mile. Gehl was also an “Official Supplier” to the Champ Car Safety Team for many years.

SOURCE: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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Will Power Wins The WILD 2017 INDYCAR Rainguard Water Sealers 600

FORT WORTH, Texas (Saturday, June 10, 2017) – Will Power survived a Wild West night of racing at Texas Motor Speedway to win the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 and join a pair of greats on the all-time Indy car victory list.

The Team Penske driver won the incident-filled race on the 1.5-mile oval, taking the checkered flag in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet under caution ahead of second-place Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda from Chip Ganassi Racing.

The victory is the 31st in Indy cars for the 36-year-old Australian, tying him with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for ninth all time. It is also his second win this season and second at Texas Motor Speedway.

“Over the moon to win here,” Power said. “My second home and my wife is from here, so we spend a lot of time down here, so just an amazing feeling.”

The frenetic Verizon IndyCar Series race featured 23 lead changes among seven drivers, though Power led a race-high 180 of the 248 laps. He won under the last of nine caution periods after four cars – including Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon battling for second place right behind Power – were involved in a crash in Turn 1 on Lap 244.

Power’s win is the ninth at Texas Motor Speedway for Team Penske and the legendary team’s record 191st victory in Indy car history.

“It was a matter of getting to the front,” said Power, who started ninth in the 22-car field. “We talked about that in our pre-race strategy meeting, that track position is going to be everything because I know whoever would have the lead and (stay on) the bottom of the track would be very difficult to pass.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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2017 INDYCAR Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Race Results

FORT WORTH, Texas – Results Saturday of the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (9) Will Power, Chevrolet, 248, Running
2. (4) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 248, Running
3. (12) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 248, Running
4. (11) Graham Rahal, Honda, 248, Running
5. (20) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 248, Running
6. (15) Marco Andretti, Honda, 248, Running
7. (21) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 247, Running
8. (6) Max Chilton, Honda, 245, Running
9. (2) Scott Dixon, Honda, 243, Contact
10. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 243, Contact
11. (14) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 224, Contact
12. (18) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 215, Running
13. (17) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 201, Contact
14. (16) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 151, Contact
15. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 151, Contact
16. (5) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 151, Contact
17. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 151, Contact
18. (22) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 151, Contact
19. (13) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 151, Contact
20. (10) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 90, Contact
21. (1) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 41, Mechanical
22. (3) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 36, Contact

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 140.491 mph
Time of Race: 2:32:31.0118
Margin of victory: Under caution
Cautions: 9 for 66 laps
Lead changes: 23 among 7 drivers

Lap Leaders

  • Kimball 1-15
  • Vautier 16
  • Kimball 17-22
  • Vautier 23
  • Kimball 24-28
  • Vautier 29-40
  • Newgarden 41-46
  • Power 47-57
  • Vautier 58
  • Power 59-111
  • Kanaan 112
  • Power 113-140
  • Chilton 141-148
  • Power 149-192
  • Dixon 193-197
  • Power 198-231
  • Dixon 232-234
  • Power 235-236
  • Dixon 237
  • Power 238
  • Dixon 239-240
  • Power 241
  • Dixon 242
  • Power 243-248

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings

  1. Dixon 326
  2. Pagenaud 313
  3. Sato 312
  4. Castroneves 305
  5. Power 286
  6. Rahal 283
  7. Newgarden 277
  8. Kanaan 264
  9. Rossi 254
  10. Hinchcliffe 232

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Tristan Vautier Drives the #18 to a Surprising 5th Place Start

It had been nearly two years since Tristan Vautier last put a wheel on the Texas Motor Speedway oval, but it didn’t look like it when he took to the track on Friday and qualified fifth for Saturday’s RAINGUARD Water Sealers 600.

The Frenchman, who is replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais at this weekend’s event, was 16th in line to qualify and he immediately jumped up to third place provisionally with his 221.801mph two-lap average around the 1.5-mile oval.

The driver of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry owed part of his qualifying success to his teammate Ed Jones who was second in line to qualify and who provided the team with important feedback following his run.

The team had elected to take a more conservative approach heading into qualifying with a higher level of downforce on their cars. With Jones only registering a two-lap average of 217.315mph the team proceeded to make changes to Vautier’s car, which allowed him to eventually place fifth on the starting grid. Jones will be starting from 19th.

SOURCE: Dale Coyne Racing ♦ PHOTO: Brian Groce

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Charlie Kimball Grabs First Career Pole, Sets Texas Track Record

Charlie Kimball sped to the first pole position of his Verizon IndyCar Series career, claiming the Verizon P1 Award in record time for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kimball, who will make his 109th start Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network), set one- and two-lap INDYCAR qualifying records on the 1.5-mile oval to earn the first starting position for the 248-lap race.

Kimball averaged 222.556 mph over two laps in the No. 83 Tresiba Honda to beat the old record held since 2013 by Will Power by more than 3 mph. Kimball’s qualifying run was more than a full second faster than Power’s previous standard.

“I’m really excited to be on pole. The guys totally deserve it,” said Kimball, whose second qualifying lap of 23.2730 seconds also eclipsed the 14-year-old record of 23.5031 seconds held by Gil de Ferran.

“The No. 83 Tresiba Honda was really good right out of the box and Todd (Malloy, engineer) made a few adjustments that made it better during the course of practice. During qualifying, we just took a swing at it and went out and got the job done.”

Kimball credited the effort of teammate Scott Dixon at a Texas Motor Speedway test in April for helping all four Chip Ganassi Racing cars roll off the transporters fast today. Dixon, in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda, appeared bound for the pole until Kimball’s attempt.

“I knew we were going to have a good car. … I just had to go out and get the most out of it,” Kimball said. “I think it showed because I had to make some adjustments for the balance of the car, and I had the confidence to do that and take a fairly big swing at the car for that second lap because I think the first lap wasn’t fast enough to beat Scott, but the second lap was.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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2017 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Starting Grid

ROW 1

1. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 222.556
2. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 222.516

ROW 2

3. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 222.442
4. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 222.007

ROW 3

5. (18) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 221.801
6. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 221.654

ROW 4

7. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 221.489
8. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 221.458

ROW 5

9. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 221.277
10. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 221.200

ROW 6

11. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 220.954
12. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 220.845

ROW 7

13. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 220.707
14. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 220.487

ROW 8

15. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 220.318
16. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 220.004

ROW 9

17. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 219.947
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 218.960

ROW 10

19. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 217.315
20. (88) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 215.562

ROW 11

21. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 215.521
22. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, no speed

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2017 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Qualification Results

Qualifying Friday for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, and speed:

1. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 222.556
2. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 222.516
3. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 222.442
4. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 222.007
5. (18) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 221.801
6. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 221.654
7. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 221.489
8. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 221.458
9. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 221.277
10. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 221.200
11. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 220.954
12. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 220.845
13. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 220.707
14. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 220.487
15. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 220.318
16. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 220.004
17. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 219.947
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 218.960
19. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 217.315
20. (88) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 215.562
21. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 215.521
22. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, no speed

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2017 Detroit Grand Prix Day 3 Video Highlights

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Graham Rahal Sweeps 2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix

DETROIT (Sunday, June 4, 2017) – Graham Rahal completed a near-perfect Verizon IndyCar Series weekend with another dominating performance today to finish off a sweep of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader.

Rahal, in the No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsForTroops.com Honda, survived a two-lap dash to the checkered flag, holding off Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden by 1.1772 seconds to back up his victory Saturday on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park’s temporary street course. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver becomes the first driver to sweep a Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend since Scott Dixon won both races on the streets of Toronto in 2013.

“All around just a spectacular weekend for us,” said Rahal, whose win was the sixth of his 11-year Indy car career and the 25th for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. It’s the first time the team has won consecutive races since Kenny Brack accomplished the feat in 2001 at Twin Ring Motegi and the Milwaukee Mile.

With the two triumphs, Rahal vaulted nine spots in the championship standings, to sixth place after eight of 17 races. The 28-year-old Ohioan won from the third starting position and becomes the first driver to win two Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.

“I could run a really strong pace, better than most guys, while saving a ton of fuel,” Rahal said. “That’s why I say, these weekends, they just don’t happen that often. We’re the first one to win the double (at Belle Isle). It feels great. Any day you can beat a Penske driver, it means a lot.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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2017 INDYCAR Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 Results

DETROIT, Michigan – Results from Sunday of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Dual 2 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.35-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park, with the order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (3) Graham Rahal, Honda, 70, Running
2. (13) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 70, Running
3. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 70, Running
4. (1) Takuma Sato, Honda, 70, Running
5. (11) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 70, Running
6. (8) Scott Dixon, Honda, 70, Running
7. (14) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 70, Running
8. (12) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 70, Running
9. (4) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 70, Running
10. (15) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 70, Running
11. (22) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 70, Running
12. (10) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 70, Running
13. (9) Marco Andretti, Honda, 70, Running
14. (19) Esteban Gutierrez, Honda, 70, Running
15. (16) Max Chilton, Honda, 69, Running
16. (6) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 69, Running
17. (2) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 69, Running
18. (18) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 69, Running
19. (20) Oriol Servia, Honda, 69, Running
20. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 65, Mechanical
21. (21) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 65, Mechanical
22. (17) Ed Jones, Honda, 60, Mechanical

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 105.442 mph
Time of race: 1:33:36.3769
Margin of victory: 1.1772 seconds
Cautions: 1 for 2 laps
Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders

  • Sato 1-22
  • Rahal 23-24
  • Newgarden 25-29
  • Rahal 30-47
  • Newgarden 48-49
  • Rahal 50-70

Verizon IndyCar Series Point Standings

  1. Dixon 303
  2. Castroneves 295
  3. Sato 292
  4. Pagenaud 278
  5. Newgarden 259
  6. Rahal 251
  7. Rossi 246
  8. Power 233
  9. Kanaan 223
  10. Hinchcliffe 216

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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