INDIANAPOLIS, May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Steak 'n Shake®, a classic American brand and home of hand-crafted, premium Steakburgers™ and hand-dipped milkshakes, yesterday hosted a meet-and-eat fan event at its downtown Indianapolis restaurant. The event celebrated its sponsorship of Graham Rahal and the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Indy car in advance of the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The event drew a large crowd of Steak 'n Shake and IndyCar fans to wish Graham Rahal luck heading into the big race. Graham was joined by his father Bobby Rahal, Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles, City of Indianapolis officials including Mayor Greg Ballard, Fire Chief Ernest Malone and Chief of Police Richard Hite, as well as YouTube star iJustine and the Steak 'n Shake mascots Goldie, Sizzle and Shaker.
"I've been eating Steak 'n Shake since I was a kid, so I am thrilled to have them on our team," said Graham Rahal. "We really appreciate the enthusiastic fan response to our partnership, and we're focused on having a great race on Sunday."
Steak 'n Shake debuted this year as the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car, driven by Graham Rahal and co-owned by Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. The restaurant chain is a primary sponsor at six Verizon IndyCar Series events, including races at Long Beach, Detroit, Mid-Ohio and Indianapolis.
"With the Indianapolis 500 just days away, it was great to see the overwhelming response at our fan event," said Jim Flaniken, senior vice president of marketing of Steak 'n Shake. "We are proud to be a sponsor of the best team in racing, and we wish Graham and the entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team good luck on Sunday – let's bring home a winner."
About Steak 'n Shake Inc.
Steak 'n Shake, a classic American brand, serves premium burgers and shakes in more than 500 restaurants across the country and the world. Founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois, Steak 'n Shake is the leader in the "better burger" segment of the restaurant industry, serving hand-crafted, premium Steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. Steak 'n Shake is the recipient of the Nation's Restaurant News Golden Chain Award. Zagat has recognized Steak 'n Shake as having the #1 Milkshake. Steak 'n Shake Inc., based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc.
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, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2015 the team will compete in their 24th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice -- their 29 poles, 81 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. In 2014, BMW Team RLL competed in the GTLM class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and earned six podium finishes including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team opened the season by scoring their 50th podium finish of second place at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and will attempt to add to their 12 wins.
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