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.”

F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.