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blu eCigs Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's IndyCar Program As Primary Sponsor At Baltimore And Houston Grand Prix Events

Monday, August 26, 2013

blu eCigs Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's IndyCar Program As Primary Sponsor At Baltimore And Houston Grand Prix Events

17:08 EDT Monday, August 26, 2013

blu eCigs continues its 2013 sponsorship season as the primary sponsor of the #15 RLLR IndyCar racing program driven by Graham Rahal at the Grand Prix of Baltimore and the Grand Prix of Houston

BROWNSBURG, Ind., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that blu eCigs, the electronic cigarette brand widely known for superior style and quality, is expanding their partnership and will be the primary sponsor of the No.15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal at the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix on September 1, 2013 and the doubleheader races at the Grand Prix of Houston held on October 5-6, 2013. blu eCigs has taken a prominent role in open-wheel racing across the Indy car team as associate sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal for the full 2013 season. 


"We are excited to expand our engagement and take the lead as primary sponsor of the Grand Prix races in Baltimore and Houston, two high-profile races that are sure to be thrilling," said Matt Coapman, VP of Marketing at blu eCigs. "We were happy to see the positive response from our recent involvements earlier this season and look forward to continue engaging the fans and crew with innovative marketing and promotional opportunities to make this a memorable motorsports season."

Since its inception in 2009, blu eCigs has consistently led the charge to introduce e-cigarettes as a new class of smoking alternative to the US market and has done so in a pragmatic way - always keeping the customer experience as the central focus. In April 2012, blu eCigs was acquired by Lorillard, Inc., solidifying blu eCigs as a market trailblazer and further advancing the tremendous growth opportunity represented by the e-cigarette category.  Today, North Carolina-based blu eCigs continues to set the standard in product innovation and responsible marketing.

"The response from the Indy car industry with blu eCigs' involvement this season has been tremendous and we look forward to having the brand on board as primary sponsor at Baltimore and Houston for Graham's car," added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  "It's great to have a brand like blu eCigs back in racing.  We appreciate the value and excitement of their involvement with our team and we look forward to continue growing the program." 

About blu eCigs Electronic Cigarettesblu eCigs® electronic cigarettes offer the feel of traditional cigarettes ? without the tobacco smoke, ash, or smell.  Because they mimic the physical act of smoking, blu eCigs offer a realistic alternative to tobacco cigarettes, creating a vapor "puff" that evaporates within seconds. blu eCigs made a conscious choice to offer a product that clearly is not mistaken for a traditional cigarette, evident by the e-cigarette's black casing and blue LED glowing tip when in use. With a lifestyle-driven design and innovative technology to enhance the experience for consumers, blu e-cigarettes allow smokers the chance to take back their freedom.  blu e-cigarettes have been featured at high-profile awards shows, professional motorsports events, major music festivals, and more, and are used by A-list actors, musicians, and other celebrities around the world. Available online and at retailers nationwide, blu e-cigarettes come in convenient disposables or rechargeable packs for regular use, with or without nicotine, and in a variety of flavors.  Based in Charlotte, NC, the company is a subsidiary of Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO).  For more, information visit

About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  The team is in the midst of their 22nd year of competition and is attempting to add to their 30 wins (20?IndyCar, 10-ALMS) ? including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice ? their 42 poles (29?IndyCar, 13?ALMS) and three series championship (1992?IndyCar, 2010 and 2011?ALMS). 

SOURCE blu eCigs

For further information: Marissa Dursin,, 609-279-0050, ext. 104

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