Howell Tractor & Equipment Treats Customers to Indy 500 Qualifying; Guests Tour RLL Team Garage, More

📅   Wed May 31, 2017 - Midwest Edition #11


The technicians work on the Rahal Letterman Lanigan #15 car.
The technicians work on the Rahal Letterman Lanigan #15 car.
The technicians work on the Rahal Letterman Lanigan #15 car. Phil Linoski (L), Howell Tractor and Equipment, and Phoenix Services’s Dave Prentice. Enjoying the spectacular view from the #34 Tower Suite are Elise Levin and Matt Hagedorn of Sugar Creek Scrap, Terre Haute, Ind. (L-R): Nick and Pete Walsh of Walsh Construction and Mike Morton, general manager of Howell Tractor and Equipment, enjoy the view from the Mi-Jack #34 Tower Suite. Brian (L) and Dave Nelson of Tranco take in the view from the #34 Mi-Jack Tower Suite. The 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Bobby Rahal (L) with Rob Morton of Bowen Engineering. Bill Heath (L), Sims Metal Management, is welcomed to the Mi-Jack #34 Tower Suite by Phil Linoski, area manager of Howell Tractor and Equipment. (L-R): Tom Ellis, president of Howell Tractor and Equipment and Tom Hall and Bobby McKenna, both of Area Erectors Inc., Rockford, Ill., spend some time relaxing before watching the qualifying. (L-R): Alan Johnson, Howell Tractor and Equipment area manager, shows Nick and Pete Walsh of Walsh Construction Co., the #34 Mi-Jack Tower Suite. Enjoying the Armed Forces Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (L-R) are Mark Dehnert, Howell Tractor and Equipment, and Janet and Jeff Scott of Rogers Group. (L-R): The father and son team of Robby and Ted Roth of Erman Corporation and Bill McNamara, Howell Tractor and Equipment, head to the garage area to see the #15 car driven by Graham Rahal. IndyCar afficionado Mary Mendez (L) talks with Howell Tractor’s customers during the VIP Garage & Pit Tour. The #15 car driven by Graham Rahal gets a final tune up before heading out for some practice runs. Howell Tractor’s customers had an opportunity to tour the famed Gasoline Alley and pit and garage areas at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The #15 car driven by Graham Rahal goes back to the garage to get a final tune up before the official time trails begin.

Tractor & Equipment held an event during Indianapolis 500 qualifying (also called Armed Forces Pole Day) on May 21 for its customers and friends.

Guests watched as Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) driver Graham Rahal, #15, and Oriol Servia, #16, competed on the famous oval as they set the starting grid for this year's 101st running of the world-renowned Indy 500 on Sunday, May 28.

Rahal, whose father is legendary racer Bobby Rahal, has been competing professionally since 2003 and made his debut in the IndyCar Series in 2008.

Servia, born in Pais, Girona, Spain, has been racing professionally since 1998 and became a member of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team in 2017.

During qualifying, Howell Tractor customers were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the RLL team garage, Pit Row and Gasoline Alley. Entertainment included tickets to the historical Speedway Museum, food and beverage service throughout the day, interactive games, exhibits and live music.

All guests of Howell Tractor and Equipment were accommodated and entertained in the Mi-Jack Products Tower Suite. Mi-Jack Products is the parent company of Howell Tractor and Equipment run by President Mike Lanigan, who also is co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Bobby Rahal and David Letterman. Howell Tractor has been an equipment industry leader since opening its doors in 1943. They are renowned for their world class service, parts availability and 24/7 customer care.

Takuma Sato won the Indy 500 on May 28; Rahal finished 12th and Servia was involved a five-car crash with just 17 laps remaining.

For more information, visit www.howelltractor.com and www.mi-jack.com. —CEG