Rahal Letterman Racing To Support Japanese Disaster Relief Effort at Long Beach
"We are grateful to our friends at RAYS for allowing us to play a small role in helping the people of Japan.
Knowing that more eyes will be on its car after a 1-2 sweep of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Rahal Letterman Lanigan will use that awareness to help team sponsor RAYS Wheels raise money for the Japanese Red Cross in this week's American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach.
The team's Sebring-winning cars will both carry decals titled 'Pray For Japan' for the race weekend through the streets of Long Beach. The stickers will also appear on the team's pit equipment. The stickers, which will be sold in Japan, are being produced by Japanese custom wheel manufacturer RAYS Wheels, which has been a sponsor and exclusive provider of wheels to the team since its inception in 2009.
"We truly appreciate the help and support from everyone at Rahal Letterman Lanigan throughout this crisis in Japan," said RAYS management.
The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the island nation of Japan on March 11 has left more than 12,000 confirmed dead with thousands more unaccounted for. The loss of life, property, and economic faculties has had effects that are felt not only through the nation, but around the world.
"This has been a tremendous tragedy for a great nation and we are happy to do anything we can to raise awareness and funds for the relief efforts through the Japanese Red Cross," said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. "We are grateful to our friends at RAYS for allowing us to play a small role in helping the people of Japan."
The stickers will be on both the No. 55 and No. 56 GT class-leading cars during the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend. The event got underway Friday with an early-morning practice session followed by qualifying at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The two-hour race takes the green flag at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time and can be followed live on espn3.com.