Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have confirmed that the Gehl brand, who are part of Manitou Americas Inc will serve as the primary sponsor to Graham Rahal’s No.15 Honda for this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.

Gehl acted as co-primary sponsor to the No.15 Honda for the last race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.

Speaking about the partnership, Laurent Bonnaure, Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Manitou Group commented by saying:

We are very excited to continue our relationship with Graham and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team at the Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar Series race.  “Graham has been associated with Gehl for over 11 years and has developed strong relationships with our dealers, customers and company employees. We are honored to have Graham drive the Gehl/Manitou-sponsored car.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team co-owner Bobby Rahal who owns the Brownsburg based outfit with former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan commented by saying:

We value our longstanding relationship with Gehl and also appreciate their support of Graham throughout his career.  “To see our partnership extend from Road America and now to a primary sponsorship at Iowa is something we are very proud of.  We look to continue to build our program with Gehl in the future and help strengthen relationships and business opportunities through their dealers and customers.

Graham Rahal who drives the No.15 Honda is excited that Gehl have returned for this weekend’s race saying:

I’m extremely excited that Gehl has come back on board as the primary sponsor for the race in Iowa.  “For me this has been such as tremendous relationship that goes back so many years.  It’s great to see them expand their relationship with the team and put the bright yellow car on track in Iowa.  I want to thank everyone at Gehl Manitou that made this possible.  We will certainly do our best to make them proud.

Rahal heads to Iowa in seventh place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings just 38 behind reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud who is in second place in the current standings.

Speaking about the deal with Gehl, Mike Lanigan commented by saying:

The Gehl/Manitou product is one we distribute in the Midwest and west coast United States. “To have them on our team is one I am most proud and excited about. Their product range enjoys the most advanced technologies and quality in our industry. To be associated on both fronts with racing and as a dealer for Gehl/Manitou enforces the marketing commitment of both our companies. We are and will continue to be the leader in the markets we compete in.

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