Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Mar 25

IndyCar team hauler catches fire on way to season opener

Graham Rahal in the No. 15 National Guard Honda during IndyCar's Barber test. (Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Graham Rahal in the No. 15 National Guard Honda during IndyCar’s Barber test. (Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) reports that its hauler carrying Graham Rahal’s No. 15 race cars, to be driven during the 2014 season opener at St. Petersburg this weekend, caught fire Monday night.

The fire took place in Louisville, Ky. Yet, thanks to the efforts of transporter drivers Phil Davis and Paul Sheehan, and the Zoneton Fire Protection team, the cars and most of the racing equipment was not damaged.

Feb 28

IndyCar: Panther Racing Sues Series, Rahal Over Sponsorship

National Guard sponsored Panther Racing in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

National Guard sponsored Panther Racing in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Panther Racing has sued Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, IndyCar and others, saying it lost a $17.2 million sponsorship with the Army National Guard because of bid-rigging and other improprieties.

The lawsuit filed Feb. 19 in Marion County Court in Indianapolis follows a ruling earlier this year by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO denied Panther’s appeal of moving the Army National Guard sponsorship to Graham Rahal’s car for the upcoming IndyCar season.

Feb 8

IndyCar: Rahal Lands National Guard As Sponsor

National Guard will be sponsored by National Guard in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

National Guard will be sponsored by National Guard in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

The long battle between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Panther Racing for Army National Guard sponsorship ended Thursday, with the coveted funding moving to Graham Rahal’s car for the upcoming IndyCar season.

The Rahal organization sought the sponsorship last fall, but Panther Racing appealed to keep the contract it has held since 2008. All military sponsorships are reviewed annually.