Graham Rahal, Steak ‘n Shake continue partnership for 2017

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Classic American restaurant Steak ‘n Shake will return to Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Honda for select events in 2017.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) confirmed in a release Wednesday that Rahal, 28, will compete with primary sponsorship from Steak ‘n Shake in four races of the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season, continuing a partnership with the restaurant chain that dates back to 2015.

The four events include trips to St. Petersburg, Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Gateway Motorsports Park.

Maxim Magazine, another company under ownership of Biglari Holdings Inc., which owns Steak ‘n Shake, will also be “prominently featured on the race car”, per the release.

“It’s great to have Steak ‘n Shake on board for another season,” said RLLR co-owned Bobby Rahal 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.”

Steak ‘n Shake most recently sponsored Rahal for five events in 2016, with the Columbus, Oh., native delivering the company’s livery a best finish of second in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

Rahal, son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal, enjoyed his greatest success to date in his eighth and ninth seasons of Verizon IndyCar Series competition from 2015-16.

The veteran earned a combined three wins during that span, including one by the closest margin of victory in Texas Motor Speedway history and fifth-closest in IndyCar history last season. Rahal also led Honda in the points with finishes of fourth and fifth, respectively, in the previous two years.

The 2017 IndyCar season will begin with the Mar. 12 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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