IndyCar: D-A Lubricant joins RLL sponsorship lineup

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Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda will feature support and signage from D-A Lubri­cant Co., a privately owned heavy duty, and indus­trial lubri­cant compounder/blender, throughout the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

D-A Lubricant will serve as primary sponsor for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 10-12, and has also joined RLL as a major associate sponsor in a multi-year agreement.

This part­ner­ship marks a return to Indy car racing for D-A Lubri­cant Co., based in Lebanon, Ind., who spon­sored entries in the Indi­anapolis 500 from 1955 — 1958 with a highest finish of sixth in “The Greatest Spec­tacle in Racing” in 1956 with driver Bob Sweikert. D-A-sponsored cars also ran in the USAC Cham­pi­onship Car series during that time period, earning one win in 1957 and four wins in 1958.

In addi­tion, the rela­tion­ship provides a business-to-business oppor­tu­nity with the LANCO Group of Compa­nies, whose pres­i­dent is RLL co-owner Michael Lanigan. D-A Lubri­cant Co. will provide addi­tional tech­nical support to the team in ‘devel­op­ment’ of perfor­mance lubri­cants that will be used on the race car.

“I am happy to welcome D-A Lubri­cant Co. to the team,” Michael Lanigan, co-owner of RLL with 1986 Indy 500 winner and three-time Indy car cham­pion Bobby Rahal and CBS Late Show host David Letterman, said in a release. “I also look forward to using their prod­ucts in all of our heavy equip­ment and to promote their vast selec­tion of oils, lubri­cants and other prod­ucts in the indus­tries the LANCO Group of Compa­nies are involved in.”

Michael Carter wins Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

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Michael Carter was selected as the winner of the 2018 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.

Carter was one of four drivers who competed for the honor and a $100,000 scholarship that went along with it. Matthew Dirks, Hannah Grisham and Loni Unser also competed.

With the scholarship, Carter will compete in the 2019 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

“What a journey this has been,” said Carter in a press release. “The reason I started racing a Mazda was because of the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. It was our one single goal all along and to finally accomplish that is surreal. The process begins next week of getting ready for next season, for the series test at Barber, and to put together a good season in the Global MX-5 Cup.”

Carter was invited to the Shootout largely because of his 2018 performance in SCCA. He finished second in the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship, won the Spec Miata Challenge and won in Spec Miata at the American Road Race of Champions.

The 18-year-old Carter had his eye on the Road to Mazda early.

“Each year, it is exciting to see the next batch of talent that is in the pipeline,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “I heard something from Michael and his father that really hit a chord with me which was that they built a Spec Miata with the sole purpose of going up the Mazda Road to 24 ladder.

That really speaks to the challenger spirit at Mazda, to why we have the Shootout, and to the family that we have at Mazda. Michael is the driver today who walks away with the scholarship, but we had four families come together here who have all gone racing together. For all of us at Mazda, it’s very rewarding to give these families a chance to go racing together. We look forward to watching Michael take the next step in his career in next season’s Global MX-5 Cup.”