Graham Rahal will be sponsored by Steak ‘n Shake at this year’s Indianapolis 500. My Indy cohort, Bill LaDow, has the release on his site, speedwaysightings.
Rahal is no stranger to burger-sponsored cars as he wheeled a McDonald’s ride in 2009.
Here’s a look at some other “track burgers” over the years:
Graham Rahal, 2009/Photo credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pancho Carter, 1990/Photo credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hardee's also sponsored Scott Brayton and Tony Bettenhausen over the years.
Chip Mead, 1981/Scanned out of my 1981 Carl Hungness 500 yearbook. Chip Mead did not qualify. I always wondered if he just walked over to the White Castle at the corner of 16th Street/Crawfordsville/Georgetown and asked them if they wanted to sponsor his car. Also, my 1981 CART media guide lists his last name as "Mead"; small goof in the caption.
Cliff Hucul, 1978/Scanned out of my 1978 Carl Hungness 500 yearbook