31/01/2018 Press release
Total Quartz Named Official Lubricant Partner of IndyCar Race Team
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) names Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s U.S. marketing affiliate, the Official Lubricant Partner of their Verizon IndyCar Series Team in a multi-year agreement. Total will also be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The sponsorship will see Total Quartz become both a strategic brand marketing partner as well as a technical partner across RLL’s IndyCar stable. Total has a storied history with Bobby Rahal and first served as an associate sponsor of his team during the inaugural 1992 season when Rahal earned his third IndyCar title.
“Across the board Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is known for its superior racing performance and Total is extremely enthusiastic to partner with them,” comments Christophe Doussoux, Senior Vice President, Lubricants for Total Specialties USA, Inc. “We look forward to building on the shared history between Total and Rahal as we embark on this partnership that demonstrates that the track is our lab and the proven performance of Total Quartz.”
- Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 entry, is a six-time IndyCar Series winner who over the past three seasons finished in 4th, 5th and 6th place in season-ending standings respectively.
- Rahal is the youngest winner in IndyCar Series history at 19 years of age and is also the youngest pole winner in series history at 20.
“I am very pleased to welcome Total back to the team after many years,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “Reuniting with a world class company like Total, that is not only the fourth largest oil and gas company in the world, but one that also has a long and successful history in motorsports globally, is very exciting. Renewing the relationship with them after having been together for my championship year in 1992 is a real thrill for me personally given our success. It is an exciting time for the company as they expand in North America. We look forward to helping spread the word and flying the Total colors at Long Beach as the primary sponsor and seeing them on our cars as an associate sponsor for many years to come.”
Currently Total Specialties USA, Inc. is the Official Lubricant Partner of Red Bull Global Rallycross, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Mid-Ohio School, the No. 48 GT Daytona (GTD) class 2016 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Paul Miller Racing and other Regional racing platforms.
In 2018, RLL will compete in their 27th year of open wheel competition starting at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 10-12, 2018. Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato has returned to the team as Graham Rahal’s teammate. The 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round 3 of 17 in the IndyCar Series, will take place April 15.
For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com.
About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2018, the team will compete in their 27th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 25 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice -- their 30 poles, 94 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 - Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. Since 2014, BMW Team RLL has competed in the GTLM class of the United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 17 wins, 23 poles and 68 podium finishes as well as a second place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017. The team recently announced a two-car program in the world’s first production-based electric vehicle race series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. The series will debut in the 2018/2019 season as a support series to the FIA Formula E Championship.
About Total Specialties USA, Inc.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Total Specialties USA, Inc. is a part of the Americas Division for the Marketing & Services Branch of the Total Group. Total Specialties USA, Inc. offers a wide range of lubricant products including Total Quartz synthetic performance engine oils. Our products are sold through a comprehensive network of distributors, direct channels and an online presence. In addition to a growing distribution network and evolving production capabilities, we’re committed to heightening our brand awareness through partnerships in motorsports.
For more information on Total Specialties USA, Inc. visit www.TotalSpecialties.com