Graham Rahal to debut new sponsor, paint scheme in Long Beach


Graham Rahal will be sporting new colors this weekend in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to go with a new sponsor, fast-food chain Steak ‘n Shake.

Rahal’s No. 15 Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will now be primarily red. Last year only, Rahal drove a drove a blue car with a National Guard sponsorship.

Rahal is coming off an eighth place finish in the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

“The St. Pete and Long Beach tracks are a little bit different but I do think that having had a competitive run at St. Pete indicates that we should have a good run at Long Beach,” Rahal said in a release. The nine-year veteran is tied for seventh in the point standings. “I feel pretty confident in our street course car. Long Beach has kind of been one of our strong suits as far as the street courses have been.”

In the past three seasons Rahal,  has finished 13th (2014), second (2013) and 24th (2012) at Long Beach. The 2013 finish is one of just three podiums Rahal has raced to since 2012.

“Long Beach is a very technical track,” Rahal said. “There are a lot of bumps, a lot of different variations of speed and cornering; it should be a lot of fun.”

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.