Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced on Thursday that Manitou North America will return to the team as an associate sponsor to Graham Rahal’s No.15 Fleet Cost and Care Honda for this weekend’s double-header at Texas Motor Speedway, the Genesys 300 and XPEL 375.
Ilmars Nartish, vice president of Manitou North America commented saying:
We are excited to partner with RLL and Graham Rahal. “Having our iconic brands of GEHL and MANITOU featured on the car strengthens our brand awareness and adds excitement for our dealers and customers.
GEHL was an associate sponsor of the team’s INDYCAR SERIES program from 2006-2008 and again for the 2014 season. In 2017, they were primary sponsor of Rahal’s entry at Iowa Speedway and co-primary at Road America and primary sponsor of his entry at Road America in 2018 and 2019. Manitou North America is a producer of GEHL and MANITOU branded equipment for construction, agriculture, mining, aeronautics, energy industries and beyond. In addition, GEHL is in their 16th year of involvement with Graham Rahal, whom they have supported since his 2006 Atlantic Championship season where he was runner up to the champion.
Speaking about the announcement, Graham Rahal said:
“I’m really excited to see the relationship continue to grow between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and GEHL and welcome them back to the family again this year. “They have personally been a partner of mine since 2006 and have been the longest standing partnership I’ve had. I’m honored to continue to work with them and help grow their business!”
RLL team co-owner Mike Lanigan commented saying:
“I have worked with Manitou North America for many years before being involved with them at RLL. “To see our partnership continue over the years is something we are very proud of. We look to continue to build our program and help strengthen relationships and business opportunities.”