The Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing driver, of course, has more pressing issues this weekend in the inaugural Rexall Edmonton Indy. He'll be driving the No. 06 Rexall Honda-powered Dallara on the 1.96-mile, 14-turn Edmonton City Centre Airport circuit against 26 competitors.
After unveiling the special livery for the July 26 race, the Oilers' Steve Staios, Fernando Pisani and Kyle Brodziak presented the IndyCar Series rookie/hockey fan with the personalized jersey.
"It's a good opportunity for us and the team to have the Rexall brand and the Oilers on the car," Rahal said. "For us, it's almost been a home race because we've have so much success here. I'm a hockey fan, so having the Oilers on the car is pretty special for me and I think the race fans will enjoy it, too."
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing won two of the three races in Edmonton under Champ Car sanctioning, with Rahal finishing third last year.
"Rexall has received tremendous value from its sponsorship of the Edmonton Indy," Rexall CEO Andy Giancamilli said. "This sponsorship is a great way to build on Rexall's successful relationship with Indy racing and further our support for an event that has become an important part of the community here in Edmonton."
In addition to Rexall's title sponsorship, Kimberley Clark, Mars and BMO will be on the car.
The race events will draw 150,000 live over the weekend plus we will enjoy a solid TV audience on TSN and ESPN (5pm ET) Just another change of gears (so to speak) from the Heritage Classic, the 1st NHL regular season game, which of course was hosted in Edmonton, in November 2003.
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By Dave Lewandowski