Graham Rahal’s career-best season in the Verizon IndyCar Series is continuing to pay off.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced Wednesday is has entered a multi-year deal with Hyatt hotels to be an associate sponsor on Rahal’s No. 15 Honda.
RLL Racing’s crew, owners, drivers and sponsors will use Hyatt hotels throughout IndyCar’s season. The Hyatt logo will appear on the side of Rahal’s cockpit.
“As co-owner of a Hyatt Centric-branded hotel, I could not be more proud to team up with an iconic company that has led the way in high-quality accommodations and service,” said Michael Lanigan, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in a press release. “We look forward to furthering Hyatt’s winning ways of creating superior customer experiences, both on and off the race track.”
2015 was Rahal’s ninth year in the top-tier of open-wheel racing, but it was his best to date. Rahal won two times, at Auto Club Speedway and his home track of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
His Auto Club victory was his first since 2008. At season’s end, he had recorded six podium finishes, the most among any driver.
Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption
“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.
“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”
The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).
“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.
“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”
“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”
Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:
Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).