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.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.