BROWNSBURG, Ind.—(February 19, 2021)—Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that staffing leader PeopleReady has returned to the team as primary sponsor of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato’s entry for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 2021. PeopleReady’s first experience as a primary sponsor of an Indy car ended in victory lane when Sato became the only active, full-time, two-time winner of the world-famous race in 2020.
PeopleReady will also be a full-season associate sponsor on Sato’s Honda-powered entry for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and has extended their partnership to include an associate sponsorship role on the No. 15 entry of teammate Graham Rahal as well. As part of the team’s celebration of their 30th anniversary, Sato’s PeopleReady livery design will be reminiscent of team founder and co-owner Bobby Rahal’s 1992 championship-winning livery from the first year of competition.
“PeopleReady is thrilled to be a part of the RLL team again as sponsors for both Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal this year,” said Taryn Owen, president of PeopleReady. “Our new brand promise—Within Reach—also rings true for this year’s racing season. And, when it comes to bringing our refreshed brand to race fans across the nation, we are ready as we focus on putting work within reach during unprecedented times.”
“What an incredible result for PeopleReady’s first foray as a primary sponsor of an Indy car at the 2020 Indianapolis 500,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “It’s great to have them back as primary sponsor on Takuma’s entry to defend their Indy 500 victory on the world stage and continue to increase the awareness of the staffing services they provide throughout the race season.”
“On the heels of last year’s Indy 500 win, we are proud to be in RLL’s lane again for the upcoming season with an expanded sponsorship,” said Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue, parent company of PeopleReady. “During an uncertain job climate and unpredictable economy, driving home our mission of connecting people and work and being a force for good in communities is vital.”
The 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins on April 18 with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Sato is the defending race and pole winner after having driven to victory at the road course in 2019. For more details about the team or series, please visit www.rahal.com or www.indycar.com.
PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI), specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and its skilled trades division focuses on providing highly skilled tradespeople. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, energy, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put approximately 221,000 people to work in 2020. Learn more at www.peopleready.com or www.skilled.peopleready.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 2021, the team begins its 30th year of competition and will attempt to add to its 29 Indy car wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice and the 2020 Indy 500 with Takuma Sato — their 33 poles, 107 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 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 22 wins – including the 2019 and 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance races, 28 poles and 89 podium finishes as well as a second-place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017. The team was also the 2020 Michelin Endurance Champions. For 2021, the team will compete for back-to-back Michelin Endurance Championships.
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