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Graham Rahal lands Hyatt hotels as associate sponsor

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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.

Maverick Vinales scores first MotoGP win of season after Bagnaia crashes

MotoGP Maverick Vinales
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Maverick Vinales ended a seasonlong winless drought in MotoGP, winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Francesco Bagnaia crashed while leading with seven laps to go.

Holding off Joan MIr and Pol Espargarao at the Misano circuit, Vinales, 25, won his first race since the Malaysian Grand Prix last year. The Yahama rider is the sixth different winner in eight rounds this season.

With his eighth career victory, the Spaniard moved into a tie for second in the standings with Fabio Quartararo, who finished fourth Sunday after being penalized 3 seconds for violating track limits and losing a spot. There are seven races remaining in the season, which has had no repeat winners since Quartararo opened with consecutive victories in Spain.

“Amazing job this weekend,” Vinales said. “(Bagnaia) was very fast, I was pushing a lot and trying to save a bit of tire for the last 10 laps. Very happy because my mentality ha been competely the same, we just found a better setup.

“I appreciate all the work, because threre had been tough times in my team, but we kept pushing and found better luck, and we have to continue like that.”

Andrea Dovizioso, who finished eighth, leads the championship by a point over Vinales and Quartararo.

Bagnaia, who finished second a week earlier, was on track to become the fifth first-time winner in MotoGP’s premier series this season. But he lost control in Turn 6 while under pressure for the lead from Vinales.

Pramac Racing rider Francesco Bagnaia stands after crashing from the lead during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Misano circuit (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images).