Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Factory Motor Parts (FMP), a multi-generational, family-owned company that provides premium, original equipment and name brand automotive parts, has joined the team as a sponsor of the No. 15 NTT INDYCAR SERIES entry for Graham Rahal in 2020. FVP will be the primary sponsor of Rahal’s Honda-powered entry at World Wide Technology Raceway on August 22 and the company will also be an associate sponsor for the 2020 season.
“Factory Motor Parts (FMP) and the FVP brand are excited to team up with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2020 season,” said Dave Schumacher, Director of Marketing, Factory Motor Parts. “The FMP mission is to be the best independent aftermarket auto supplier in the industry, so teaming up with one of the best race teams, and their partners, is a great fit for FMP and the FVP brand.”
The partnership marks the first for the company in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES after having been a sponsor of Richard Childress Racing in NASCAR and Brian Brown in World of Outlaws. FMP will work with RLL to continue to build awareness for the FVP brand as well as build business-to-business relationships.
“It’s exciting for us to bring a new partner into the sport and also an exciting time to be in the IndyCar Series,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “As a family-owned business there are a lot of synergies between our companies. Factory Motor Parts has built a solid business model over the past 75 years and we look forward to working together to further grow both of our organizations.”
The 17-race 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins on March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. For more details about the team or series, please visit www.rahal.com or www.indycar.com.
About FMP and FVP
Founded in Minneapolis in 1945, Factory Motor Parts (FMP) is a multi-generational, family-owned company providing premium, original equipment and name brand automotive parts. FMP is a dedicated partner for professional service centers, dealerships, fleets and wholesale customers. FMP is committed to building business-to-business relationships, focusing on the automotive professional.
FVP is a brand of automotive products, built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service. FVP products are specifically engineered to provide OE quality that is equal or superior in performance to national brands at a competitive price.
Combined, FMP and FVP provide a total solution for professional automotive needs.
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 2020, the team will compete in their 29th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 28 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 32 poles, 102 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 – including the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race, 28 poles and 78 podium finishes as well as a second place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017.
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