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IndyCar: Rahal, RLL set for first test of 2014 Monday in Sebring

Mar 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Thus far in 2014, the stories revolving Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have centered on sponsorship, staff hiresits second car, and now the lawsuit filed by Panther Racing in the last week.

Today though, the focus is where it should be: putting wheels in motion and actually putting Graham Rahal’s No. 15 National Guard Honda on track.

Rahal tests at Sebring, in another chance to work with new engineer Bill Pappas and new head of R&D John Dick. He hasn’t been in a car since his run with the RLL BMW team at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he finished fourth in the GT Le Mans class in the team’s No. 56 BMW Z4.

Per IndyCar’s testing schedule, Rahal was initially slated to test at Barber. The team has instead opted to test at Sebring, with better weather at the central Florida short course. Here’s a quick snap of the car on track, in livery.

Ganassi was supposed to test at Barber today but has canceled due to the weather. Others beyond that listed to test in the next day or two from the IndyCar test schedule include:

  • Team Penske, all three cars, March 3, Sebring
  • Andretti Autosport, cars TBD, March 3, Homestead
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, cars TBD, March 4, Homestead

  1. testover6370 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I really like the old camo, orange, and black livery the National Guard used to have, but the RLL blue and red livery looks pretty sharp too, and won’t be mistaken for Marco’s car since he switched the Snapple yellow and blue.

  2. Jeff - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I like the new National Guard livery better. The camo one was cool, but it was also getting old.

    Kudos to MST for spotlighting Rahal’s test. It’s absent from IndyCar’s website and social media sites.
    IndyCar seems to only focus on the Penske and Ganassi teams from what I can tell.

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