Rahal: Second IndyCar doubtful for 2016; Steak ‘n Shake renewal close

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While Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has come off its best season in years, and driver Graham Rahal has enjoyed a career season, things look set to remain status quo for 2016.

Team co-owner Bobby Rahal confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that the plan is set to be similar as this year for the single-car effort.

“I think we could still do it, but the likelihood is very slim,” Rahal told MotorSportsTalk on Thursday.

“It’s an awful lot of money to find. I would say it’s doubtful.”

One thing also set to return for 2016 is Steak ‘n Shake, which Graham Rahal said after his Mid-Ohio win was his “good luck charm” this year. Formal confirmation is expected somewhat soon.

“We’re close to getting that done. I think that’ll happen,” Bobby Rahal said.

Graham Rahal, who has most recently been spearheading the Justin Wilson Memorial Auction, will take part in a Firestone tire test next week at Phoenix International Raceway.

It is likely the team’s last test this fall with the current aero package, before any aero upgrades come on board for 2015.

“Graham’s doing a tire test at Phoenix next week. So that’ll probably be it for a while until the aero kits.” Bobby Rahal said.

Bobby Rahal also said he expects the team to run a second car for the Indianapolis 500, as the team has done in the past.