Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced on Monday that former Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Racing driver Santino Ferrucci has joined the team for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.
Ferrucci will drive the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda alongside defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal.
Speaking following the announcement, Ferrucci said:
“I am excited to be competing in the Indianapolis 500 with Hy-Vee and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. It’s a great opportunity and I cannot thank the team, owners and partners enough for believing in me. I’m super excited to start spending some time at the shop in Indianapolis and preparing for an incredible run this May.
RANDY EDEKER, Hy-Vee’s Chairman of the Board, CEO and President said:
“The excitement and energy that the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team brings forth to our partnership is like none other. The team truly cares about its fans just like we care about our customers at Hy-Vee. Since signing on as a sponsor last year, we’ve heard from people all over the country about our involvement in racing. We know we have a fantastic season coming up that fans across the country as well as our employees will enjoy.”
Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Hy-Vee entry at Road America and World Wide Technology Raceway said:
“It’s great to have Hy-Vee back once again. I took a lot of pride in representing them last year and felt that the Hy-Vee car performed so well at Iowa and helped get our relationship off to a good start. It’s nice to see a company with such high standards like Hy-Vee consider Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and consider the INDYCAR SERIES as a great platform to spread awareness of their brand, the quality of their product and their stores. We’re excited to work with them and grow the partnership.”
Team co-owner Bobby Rahal commented on the news saying:
It is great to have Hy-Vee as a partner of our program again. My family and I live in the Midwest and it’s exciting to see Hy-Vee continue to grow. The sense of pride their employees have in their company and what Hy-Vee does to support their local communities is inspiring and something that we work to emulate every day within our team. We look forward to creating special moments for Hy-Vee customers and employees this season while promoting the Hy-Vee brand on a national stage.”