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After signing National Guard, Bobby Rahal now working on second IndyCar ride sponsorship

Feb 11, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

Boby Rahal AP

It’s one down, one to go for IndyCar team owner Bobby Rahal – maybe.

Now that he’s secured full-time National Guard sponsorship for son Graham’s No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ride for the upcoming IndyCar season, the elder Rahal has turned his sights on finding sponsorship – and a driver – for the No. 16 car in the team’s stable.

That is, if there will even be a second RLLR car for the 2014 IndyCar season.

“First off, we don’t have the funding in place to run the second car,” Rahal told “We have some (funding), but it’s a long way from being able to run the season in its entirely.

“For us, we’ve got a number of prospective sponsors that have shown interest, and until they commit, we’re in a wait-and-see mode. We also have some drivers that are interested, and I continue to talk with drivers who reach out every week to see what it would take to run with us next to Graham.”

Who will potentially drive the second RLLR car — if indeed there is one — remains to be seen. Names that have been bantered around in various media reports include  Oriol Servia, Conor Daly, JR Hildebrand and Alex Tagliani.

  1. midtec2005 - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Any of those drivers in the last paragraph would be cool, especially Conor Daly. I’m curious to see how he stacks up on road courses since he has been driving them so much. Tagliani is older and a known commodity so normally that wouldn’t excite me too much, but I’ve met him and he’s an awesome guy. So I hope things work out for him.

    • indycar02 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      what about simona?..

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