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Steak ‘n Shake back for third year with RLL Racing

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Steak ‘n Shake will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for its third season, with a four-race primary sponsorship program of Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Honda.

It’ll be on the car for the season opener at St. Petersburg, the 101st Indianapolis 500 and two other key races – Rahal’s home race in Mid-Ohio and a key market for the company at Gateway, just outside St. Louis.

The RLL commercial team is renowned for its partner procuring ability and Steak ‘n Shake continues alongside others such as United Rentals, Manitowoc and Hyatt, the latter of which was seen last weekend at Phoenix under the “World of Hyatt” banner.

“It’s great to have Steak ‘n Shake on board for another season,” Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, said in a release.

“Since the beginning of the partnership, it has been a great pleasure working with Sardar Biglari and everyone at Steak ‘n Shake.  The pride they have in their company and their enthusiasm for Indy car racing is impressive. The fan support also continues to be a source of pride for the team and we can’t thank the fans enough for all of the positive reinforcement.  We are going to do everything in our power to produce another race-winning season for Steak ‘n Shake as well as our other partners.”

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.