Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today 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 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America on June 23. The livery is a throwback to a fan favorite that team co-owner and Graham’s father, Bobby Rahal, drove in 1994.
“It’s always special for us to run a Gehl car anywhere but to run it at one of our favorite tracks, and one that brings back as many memories as Road America does is even more special,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan. “Fans always mention the livery I ran in the 90’s as their favorite and this was designed with that in mind. Gehl loves it too and it matches their corporate colors so it’s thanks to them that we are able to bring it back.”
Gehl was an associate sponsor of the team’s IndyCar Series program from 2006-2008 and again for the 2014 season. Most recently Gehl was primary sponsor of Rahal’s entry at Road America in 2018, at Iowa Speedway in 2017 and was co-primary at Road America in 2017. 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 14th 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 are very excited to have Graham pilot the No. 15 Gehl/Manitou Honda IndyCar at our hometown race track, Road America,” said Mark Hanson, regional vice president of Manitou Group and CEO of Manitou North America. “Having Graham back in the driver’s seat of the Gehl/Manitou branded car adds excitement for the nearly 200 dealers and customers we are hosting during the weekend race.”
Rahal’s top start in 2019 is second at Barber Motorsports Park and his top finish is fourth at Long Beach. He is currently ranked ninth in the NTT IndyCar Series standings with a total of 175 points. The REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will air live on NBCSN on Sunday, June 23 beginning at 12 p.m. ET.
In addition to its relationship with RLL 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 for 24 years and is celebrating their 30th year of involvement with Road America in 2019. 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.
About Manitou Group
Manitou Group, a world leader in rough-terrain handling, designs, produces, distributes and ensures services equipment for construction, agriculture and industries. The group’s product lines include: fixed, rotating and heavy tonnage rough-terrain telehandlers; rough-terrain, semi-industrial and industrial masted forklifts; skid-steer loaders on wheels or tracks; articulated loaders; backhoe loaders; access platforms; truck-mounted forklifts; warehousing equipment and attachments. Through its iconic brands – Manitou, Gehl and Mustang by Manitou – and its network of 1,500 dealers worldwide, the Group offers the best solutions by creating optimum value for its customers. With its registered office in France, in 2018 the group recorded revenue of 1.9 billion euros across 140 countries and it employs 4,400 people, all committed to delivering customer satisfaction.
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 eight 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.
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