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Steak ‘n Shake back for third year with RLL Racing

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Steak ‘n Shake will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for its third season, with a four-race primary sponsorship program of Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Honda.

It’ll be on the car for the season opener at St. Petersburg, the 101st Indianapolis 500 and two other key races – Rahal’s home race in Mid-Ohio and a key market for the company at Gateway, just outside St. Louis.

The RLL commercial team is renowned for its partner procuring ability and Steak ‘n Shake continues alongside others such as United Rentals, Manitowoc and Hyatt, the latter of which was seen last weekend at Phoenix under the “World of Hyatt” banner.

“It’s great to have Steak ‘n Shake on board for another season,” Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, said in a release.

“Since the beginning of the partnership, it has been a great pleasure working with Sardar Biglari and everyone at Steak ‘n Shake.  The pride they have in their company and their enthusiasm for Indy car racing is impressive. The fan support also continues to be a source of pride for the team and we can’t thank the fans enough for all of the positive reinforcement.  We are going to do everything in our power to produce another race-winning season for Steak ‘n Shake as well as our other partners.”

F1’s Valtteri Bottas to compete in first-ever rally race in his native Finland

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Formula One’s “Flying Finn” is going back home for the first time.

More precisely, Valtteri Bottas is returning to his Finland homeland to compete in his first career rally race in the Finnish Rally Championship season opener.

Bottas, teammates on the F1 Mercedes team with five-time champ Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the World Rally Championships’ Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26.

He’ll team with two-time World Rally champion Timo Rautiainen in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC on rally roads of the Finnish Arctic Circle.

“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying,” Bottas told Finnish rallying website Rallism.f1. “I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.

“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”

Added Rautiainen, “In my life, I’ve sat in a rally car with only three drivers, but this is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge. I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.”

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