IRL: Rahal Letterman Racing, Team Ethanol expand program

Rahal Letterman Racing and Team Ethanol Expand Program Partnership Will Include RLR's American Le Mans GT2 Program HILLIARD, Ohio - Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) and the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) announced today an ...

Rahal Letterman Racing and Team Ethanol Expand Program
Partnership Will Include RLR's American Le Mans GT2 Program

HILLIARD, Ohio - Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) and the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) announced today an expansion of the Team Ethanol program to include RLR's new American Le Mans Series Porsche GT2 program. The announcement was made in conjunction with the ALMS announcement that Ethanol enhanced fuel (E10) would become one of the official fuel selections of the series. Ethanol is already the official fuel of the IndyCar Series and is the primary partner of the No. 17 Rahal Letterman Team Ethanol entry driven by Jeff Simmons.

In expanding the promotional program Ethanol will be an associate RLR partner for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and will have the familiar Ethanol logo on the No. 18 Rahal Letterman Racing Bell Microproducts/Porsche. RLR will make its ALMS debut at Sebring March 17.

"We value our relationship with the Ethanol industry and the people at EPIC," said Bobby Rahal. "When they informed us they were looking at expanding the racing fuel program to include the American Le Mans Series it was a natural progression for us to expand our own Ethanol program to include our new ALMS effort. Through the Team Ethanol program the Ethanol industry continues to dispel myths about its product and to emphasize the performance and environmental benefits of a renewable fuel product, and RLR is proud to be involved in helping demonstrate and spread that message."

"The Ethanol industry is excited to continue to build on our world class relationship with the Rahal Letterman Racing team," said Tom Slunecka, Executive Director, Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC). "In expanding our partnership with one of the most successful teams in racing today, we are confident that Rahal Letterman will continue to exemplify Ethanol's performance in yet another major racing league."

About EPIC:

The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council is an alliance of ethanol producers and industry leaders who have come together to spread the word about the benefits of ethanol through information and promotional programs. EPIC is a nonprofit organization and is overseen by a nine-member board of directors. Visit www.drivingethanol.org for more information about EPIC.

About Rahal Letterman Racing:

Rahal Letterman Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, has been competing for more than a decade compiling 19 victories, 28 poles and one series championship (Bobby Rahal in 1992 in CART) and an Indianapolis 500 championship (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2007 Rahal Letterman Racing will campaign two cars in the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series driven by Jeff Simmons with sponsorship from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council and Scott Sharp with sponsorship from The Patron Spirits Company. Additionally in 2007 Rahal Letterman Racing will make its debut in the American Le Mans Series by entering a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GT2 category. Bell Microproducts will serve as the primary partner for the ALMS entry, which will be driven by veteran sports car drivers Ralf Kelleners and Tom Milner.

-credit: rlr

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Series ALMS , IndyCar
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Bobby Rahal , Jeff Simmons