WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee is returning to the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 as the primary sponsor of the No. 45 entry, driven by Santino Ferrucci, for the 105th running of the storied race.
Hy-Vee and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced Monday that in addition to sponsoring Ferrucci at Indy, the retailer will be the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s NTT Indycar Series entry at Road America (June 20) and World Wide Technology Raceway (August 21). In addition, Hy-Vee will be a full-season associate sponsor on Rahal’s car.
Hy-Vee first joined the team as the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s entry for Race 2 at the 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 Indy 500 and an associate sponsor of Rahal’s entry for the legendary race. Although traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend, last year’s Indianapolis 500 was postponed until August because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hy-Vee’s chairman, president and CEO Randy Edeker said he was pleased with the retailer’s sponsorship arrangement with the RLL team, which is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.
“The excitement and energy that the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team brings forth to our partnership is like none other,” Edeker said. “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. We know we have a fantastic season coming up that fans across the country as well as our employees will enjoy.”
The driver Santino Ferrucci will join RLL for the Indy 500, where he has been a contender for victory in the past. He was named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 2019 after a seventh-place finish, and he finished fourth to race winner Takuma Sato and third-place finisher Graham Rahal in 2020. To date, his best Indy car start is second place at Mid-Ohio (Race 2) in 2020 – he has finished in fourth place four times. In 2021, Ferrucci competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving for Sam Hunt Racing. He will join Rahal and Sato at an open test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, April 8-9.