HILLIARD, Ohio and BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 22, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that DRIFIRE®, a premiere provider and developer of high performance flame resistant fabrics and protective apparel to the military, industrial and consumer markets, has joined the team as an associate sponsor of the team’s sports car and Indy car programs for 2015. The partnership will bring DRIFIRE® to the forefront of motorsports.
Born on the battlefield, proven on the track and trusted by the most high-risk industries, DRIFIRE® high performance FR (flame resistant) offers protection where and when it matters most.Through the partnership, DRIFIRE® will provide flame resistant clothing to the both the sports car and Indy car teams. DRIFIRE’s entry into racing came when Oakley asked them to develop their latest base layer for motorsports. This partnership marks the first with a racing team at any level and is a strategic move within motorsports for the brand.
“When I was racing, safety equipment was of the utmost importance and now as a team owner, I want the best available for our team as well and that is DRIFIRE®,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “They are constantly looking for ways to improve their product and that approach aligns with motorsports and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.”
"It's clear that RLL and DRIFIRE® share the same commitment to safety and high performance, making them a perfect fit for partnership,” said Darryl G. Schimeck, CEO of DRIFIRE®. “We are confident that our DRIFIRE Prime™ base layer, using drirelease® technology, will keep RLL's drivers and crews protected, comfortable and performing at their peak."
Fourteen of 33 starters from Indianapolis 500 headline Rolex 24: The Verizon IndyCar Series will have significant star power this week at the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona as 14 of the 33 starters from the 98th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will compete in the first endurance race of the IMSA-sanctioned schedule at Daytona International Speedway.
A Verizon IndyCar Series competitor has co-driven the winning overall entry in the Rolex 24 At Daytona the past four years. Click here for the full story on past winning competitors.
"The 24 kind of kicks off the year and has become part of my calendar," said Hunter-Reay, the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner and 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion. "I always look forward to it before the start of the (Verizon IndyCar Series) season. It definitely helps you get in race shape after a long layoff."
There are 53 entries for the race on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn course: 16 Daytona Prototypes, eight Prototype Challenges, 10 GT Le Mans and 19 GT Daytona cars.
Drivers who competed full time in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series (* Indianapolis 500 only) entered in the sports car race with class in parentheses:
- Sage Karam*, No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Prototype)
- Charlie Kimball, No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Prototype)
- Tony Kanaan, No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Prototype)
- Scott Dixon, No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Prototype)
- Sebastien Bourdais, No. 5 Action Express Racing (Prototype)
- Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 7 Starworks Motorsport (Prototype)
- Jack Hawksworth, No. 11 RSR Racing (Prototype Challenge)
- Martin Plowman*, No. 61 BAR1 Motorsports (Prototype Challenge)
- Ryan Briscoe, No. 3 Corvette Racing (GT Le Mans)
- Simon Pagenaud, No. 4 Corvette Racing (GT Le Mans)
- Graham Rahal, No. 24 BMW Team RLL (GT Le Mans)
- Townsend Bell*, No. 63 Scuderia Corsa (GT Daytona)
- James Hinchcliffe, No. 70 SpeedSource (Prototype)
- James Davison*, No. 007 TRG-AMR (GT Daytona)
Additionally, 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion Gabby Chaves returns to co-drive the No. 0 DeltaWing with former Verizon IndyCar Series driver Katherine Legge, Memo Rojas and Andy Meyrick. Shelby Blackstock, who moves from Pro Mazda to Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season, will share seat time with Plowman.
Do yourself or a Vintage Car buff a favor and log onto www.svra.com
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It is a very worth while quarterly that all Vintage car fans will want to have. It would make a great gift.
The first event of the 2015 season is the VARA/SVRA Duel in the Desert, in Spring Mountain, Nevada February 13th,14th and 15th. Go to www.svra.com
for all information and plan to attend.
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