Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have come together once again with 23-year-old Santino Ferrucci as he will pilot the No. 45 Honda for the team at the upcoming Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, with midwestern United States grocery store chain Hy-Vee sponsoring the car once again.
After leaving IndyCar full time in 2021 to pursue a part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule, Ferrucci joined the team at the 105th Indianapolis 500 in May. He finished the race in sixth, the highest-placing RLLR car of the day and his third top ten in three Indy 500 starts. He was then brought back for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader, finishing sixth in the first race and tenth in the second race after recovering from a crash in qualifying.
Ferrucci is eager to work with RLLR again, especially at the track where he earned his career best qualifying position of second last season.
“I’m super excited to return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to race the Hy-Vee entry at Mid-Ohio,” Ferrucci said.
“It’s been a great track for me in the past and last year I started on the front row. I’ve always enjoyed the track and its fans. I cannot wait to be working with the team again and continuing our relationship and our growth as the season moves forward. Hopefully we can get the Hy-Vee car into the top five and on the podium!”
Randy Edeker, Chairman, CEO and President of Hy-Vee, echoed the same excitement as Ferrucci.
“Santino and the entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team care about their fans just like we care about our customers at Hy-Vee. Plus, the excitement Santino brings to the course keeps us on the edge of our seats and we can’t wait to see how he performs at the Honda Indy 200.”
In three IndyCar races at the 3.634 km course, Ferrucci has finished twelfth and fourteenth twice. He will be looking to improve upon those results when he hits the track for the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday 04 July.