Rahal to pilot NHR entry at Mid-Ohio

GRAHAM RAHAL TO CARRY NATIONAL TIRE AND BATTERY COLORS FOR HONDA GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO INDYCAR SERIES EVENT HILLIARD, Ohio (July 29, 2010) -- A company with a long history of getting cars started and keeping them rolling has stepped up to keep...

GRAHAM RAHAL TO CARRY NATIONAL TIRE AND BATTERY COLORS FOR HONDA GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO INDYCAR SERIES EVENT

HILLIARD, Ohio (July 29, 2010) -- A company with a long history of getting cars started and keeping them rolling has stepped up to keep the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season of Graham Rahal moving forward, as National Tire and Battery (NTB) will serve as the Ohio driver's sponsor at the Honda Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Indy car race on August 6-8 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"We are excited to add a second car to the Mid-Ohio race," stated Bob Crostarosa, SVP Marketing/Advertising, TBC Retail Group. "Presenting the NTB brand on thetrack, and associating ourselves with a proven performer in this key market compliments our regional marketing efforts and adds additional value to our motorsports program. We are looking forward to watching the NTB and Service Central IndyCars compete at Mid-Ohio."

Newman/Haas Racing will field the #02 National Tire and Battery Dallara/Honda/Firestone for Graham at Mid-Ohio as the 21-year-old Rahal makes his second start of the year with his former NHR teammates. The NTB sponsorship is in conjunction with Rahal Letterman Racing, with whom Graham competed in this year's Indianapolis 500, and Newman/Haas Racing. Mid-Ohio will be the second of six races that Rahal will run with NHR this year, with the other five carrying sponsorship from Quick Trim.

"We had a positive result in our first race back together this year," said Rahal, about his fifth-place finish in Toronto with NHR. "And we are anticipating taking the National Tire and Battery car to the front at Mid-Ohio! The track has a long history in my family and I am looking forward to climbing the podium that my dad stood on so many times during his career."

NTB and its service arm Service Central will be carried on the Newman/Haas Racing IndyCar, marking the first time that NTB has been featured on an IndyCar Series machine.

-source: nhr

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