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Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Indianapolis 500 Advance Notes

Tuesday May 15, 2012

 

Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Indianapolis 500 Advance Notes
Race:           Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 27 (12:00 PM ET, ABC)
Track:          Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) 
Location:       Speedway, Indiana
 
NOTES/NEWS
 
Follow CGR on Twitter:  Follow @CGRTeams for official updates from Chip Ganassi Racing’s IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball.
 
Team Manager John Cummiskey on the 500:  “The Service Central Chip Ganassi team is looking forward to this year’s Indianapolis 500.  We have been working hard on improving each race and hope to see another Rahal on the Borg-Warner Trophy.”
 
There’s an App for that:  Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing.  The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT.  The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.
 
Honda Power:  Honda comes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) second in the Manufacturers’ Championship, with 24 points, trailing Chevrolet by 12.  Lotus is third with 16th
 
Graham Rahal and the No. 38 Service Central Team
 
Follow Graham on Twitter:  Follow @grahamrahal for updates as the driver of the No. 38 Service Central Honda completes his second season with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
 
This Bud’s for You:  Budweiser recently announced a partnership that will see the King of Beers’ logo on Graham Rahal’s No.38 Service Central Honda during the month of May at IMS, culminating in the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Indianapolis 500.  Budweiser will have billboards throughout the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area to activate the partnership, as we all as point of sale and personal appearances by Rahal over the course of the month. 
 
Fifth Time’s a Charm:  The 2012 Indianapolis 500 will be Graham’s fifth start in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” after posting a career-best finish of third in 2011.  Graham’s father, Bobby Rahal, three-time CART Champion and Winner of 1986 Indianapolis 500, won the 70th edition of the 500-Mile Race on his fifth attempt, coincidentally, in a Budweiser-sponsored car.
 
A Charitable Time:  Rahal and his charitable organization, the Graham Rahal Foundation, are supporting a number of charitable causes throughout the month of May.  The foundation, dedicated to work for a cause that was significantly important to Graham's former race team owner and friend, the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, looks to helping children with medical conditions through various fundraising events and activities.  This month the foundation will support the 500 Festival at the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, Indiana's largest free outdoor festival for kids, and host its first “Drivers Tournament” charity event.  Rahal’s support of Kid’s Day will include Cards for Hospitalized Kids card-constructing booth, Rahal hero cards and a raffle featuring his race-worn gear.  Rahal’s inaugural “Drivers Tournament,” presented by Service Central, will give fans the chance to compete in a golf tournament alongside their favorite IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and celebrities with proceeds benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and SeriousFun Children’s Network.  Visithttp://grahamrahalfoundation.org/ for more information.
 
Helmet of Hope:  The Graham Rahal Foundation was selected as one of the 12 charities that will be featured on NSCS Champion Jimmie Johnson’s helmet, through the Helmet of Hope program.  Johnson will wear the helmet in the NSCS race at Infineon Raceway on June 24 in Sonoma, California.  In addition to being featured on Johnson’s helmet, the Graham Rahal Foundation will receive a $10,000 grant as well as a Blue Bunny ice cream party.  The program, which is part of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, allows fans and media members across the country to nominate their favorite charities, which are then selected at random.
 
Sao Paulo Recap:  Rahal and the Service Central team finished 16th in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil in Round 4.  The result came in Rahal’s 81st IZOD IndyCar Series career start and second at Sao Paulo. 
 
In the Points:  With the result, Rahal is now 12th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 76 markers, 104 points out of the top spot.
 
Indy History:  Rahal will be competing in his second Indianapolis 500 for the team, and his fifth start overall at IMS.  In last year’s race, Graham started 29th and gained 26 positions to finish third, marking the greatest position advancement of any driver in the event.
 
Rahal on the 500:  “I'm extremely excited to get the month of May started this weekend and get on track.  Indy is always the most challenging racetrack and race we participate in each year, but it's the challenge and thrill that we all love so much.  I can't wait to get out there and see what we have, where we stack up against the competition and what challenges will present themselves to us.  Our team is certainly prepared and ready to go racing at Indy.”
 
2012 STATS
 
 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sPts. Pos./(Prev)
Graham Rahal4001112/8
 
CAREER STATS
 
 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10s
Graham Rahal81121638
 
TEAM ROSTERS
 
John Cummiskey – Team Manger
 
No. 38 (IndyCar)
Crew Chief (Air Jack): Mark SampsonTransport Driver: Mike Clark
Engineer: Martin Pare Rear End Mechanic (L/R): George Sladky
Assistant Engineer: Robert RidgelyRear End Mechanic (R/R): Donnie Skinner
Tires/Transport Driver: Mike Briggs Front End (R/F): Josh Junge
Spotter: Lee OrebaughFront End/Fueler: Trey Harkins  
Gear Box (L/F): Mike LaFontain
 
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include four in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Overall his teams have 14 championships and 145 victories, including three Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four Rolex 24 At Daytonas.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
 
For more information log onto chipganassiracing.com

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