Santino Ferrucci is back with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle. (IndyCar Photo)
Santino Ferrucci is back with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle. (IndyCar Photo)

Ferrucci Back With RLL Racing For Detroit Double

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Santino Ferrucci’s sixth-place finish in the 105th Indianapolis 500 has earned the young driver from Connecticut a chance to double-up in this weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle.

Hy-Vee, Inc. – an employee-owned supermarket chain that operates more than 280 retail stores across eight Midwestern states – will expand its program to include primary sponsorship of a third entry for the team in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit doubleheader races on June 12-13 for Ferrucci.

Hy-Vee sponsored RLL entries in the past two Indianapolis 500 races, with Ferrucci piloting the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda on May 30 to his third straight top-seven finish in the event with a sixth-place result. In April, the team announced that Hy-Vee would be the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s NTT IndyCar Series entry at Road America (June 20) and World Wide Technology Raceway (Aug. 21) as well as the primary sponsor of Ferrucci’s entry for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 and be a full-season associate sponsor on Rahal’s car.

“I’m excited to compete in the two races in Detroit after a fantastic run at the Indy 500,” said Ferrucci, who has competed in four races on Belle Isle in Detroit in 2018-2019 with a best finish of tenth place in Race 2 in 2019. “To carry the momentum into Detroit is massive for the team. Hy-Vee is partnering with Frito-Lay so we will have Chester Cheetah and the Cheetos brand on the car, which I think is pretty awesome. It’s a fantastic track, and I’m excited to be returning to Detroit since we didn’t get a chance to race there in 2020.

“The excitement and energy that the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team brings forth to our partnership is like none other,” said Randy Edeker, Chairman, CEO and President of Hy-Vee. “The team truly cares about its fans just like we care about our customers at Hy-Vee. Since signing on as a sponsor last year, we’ve heard from people all over the country about our involvement in racing and look forward to what the rest of the season has to offer.”

Hy-Vee first joined the team as the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s entry for race two at Iowa Speedway in 2020 where he finished third. The company was also the primary sponsor of the team’s entry for Spencer Pigot at the Indianapolis 500 and an associate sponsor of Rahal’s entry for the legendary race.

After two full IndyCar Series seasons in 2019-2020 and a partial one in 2018, Ferrucci joined RLL for the Indianapolis 500 this year. To date, his best Indy car start is second place at Mid-Ohio in 2020 – he has finished in fourth place four times. In 2021, Ferrucci has competed part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving for Sam Hunt Racing.

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