Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing prepares double campaign for huge two-race month of May
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Indianapolis, Ind. (12 May 2016) – With racers seeking any advantage possible to reap the rewards that victory at the fabled track brings, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has fostered innovation for over a century.
Time after time, those innovations have gone from being tested at the Brickyard into being widely used by the general public. From rear view mirrors to seat belts to disc brakes, the speed and safety innovations that were pioneered in the Indianapolis 500 have found their way into the everyday lives of millions of motorists.
AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology will continue that tradition this month as the track once again plays host to that sprit of innovation in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend as well as the Angie’s List Grand Prix this Saturday.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will look to convert the advantages that AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology brings into victory as the team fields a two-car effort for the month.
Looking to add his name to his father’s on the Borg-Warner trophy will be Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal, who will be joined for the month by teammate Spencer Pigot, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship to earn a shot at IndyCar glory.
With AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology providing a strong, light weight, aerodynamic outer coating for the Rahal Honda-powered IndyCar machines, both young racers hope to convert those big advantages into big race outings this month.
“AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology does a great job with the product—the unique designs that we can do, and the colors and all that we’ve done with our liveries, it has looked awesome from day one,” said Rahal, who will carry the Steak ‘n Shake colors once again. “Overall the flexibility that you have with AERO— it is so unique you can pretty much do anything.”
Visual appeal aside, Rahal knows that AERO™ will provide some key weight and aerodynamic advantages.
“This month, with all the sponsor logos being printed on, that could be a big gain for us,” said Rahal, who finished second in the most recent round of IndyCar Series action. “That is something from a wrap technology point of view, we’d never seen before. Paint is heavy of course, and the wrap is lighter and more efficient for us.”
The first race of the month, Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, will be staged this Saturday (ABC 3:30 PM ET live broadcast) on the 2.439-mile road course with an 82-lap sprint to victory lane.
And before the victory champagne has time to dry, the teams will already move their focus to the intense preparations required for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29. That quick-change from road course to oval is one that is typical for IndyCar, which runs a very intense schedule of events through the summer.
“When we have to change from one weekend to the next and change different paint schemes, it really works well for us to be able to peel it off and put the next one on,” said Rahal. “Particularly in these summer months where we go back to back to back pretty much every weekend, that ability to change quickly is a big part of our team and making it work properly.”
With a one-coat process, AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology provides teams with a lightweight, aerodynamic, and incredibly strong film-based paint appliqué solution for competition machinery. The AERO™ advantage also includes an unmatched visual aesthetic as well as significant environmental benefits from being being PVC-free and nearly VOC-free.