Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg — St. Petersburg, Florida Round 1 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, March 9, 2019 RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST PETERSBURG AFTER A PUNCTURE DICTATED AN ALTERNATE STRATEGY; AN EIGHTH PLACE FINISH LOOKED LIKELY FOR…
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A Puncture Limited Rahal to a 12th Place Finish in the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg; Sato Retired After An Overheating Issue Related to Debris
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg — St. Petersburg, Florida
Round 1 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, March 9, 2019
RAHAL AND SATO WILL START 10TH AND 20TH, RESPECTFULLY FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG INDYCAR SEASON-OPENER
1) Will Power 1:00.4594 / 107.179 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
10) Graham Rahal 1:01.0944 / 106.065 mph (Group 2, Round 2)
20) Takuma Sato 1:01.1511 / 105.967 mph (Group 2, Round 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “In the first round, the United Rentals Honda was really good. I thought that with a couple of minor tweaks, we would be right there but when we went to the second round unfortunately we didn’t really get a good out lap and due to that, the rear tires never came in and it was just an absolute handful. I almost lost it to start my lap so therefore we just never stood a chance of advancing. It’s a shame because our time in the first round was good enough to advance us to the Fast Six so it’s disappointing to not fulfill that.”
- FAST FACTS: Set the third fastest lap (1:00.5933) in Group 2 of Round 1 and advanced to Round 2. He set the 11th fastest lap time and did not progress to Round 3… Will make his 12th Indy car start at this track in 2019. His best start here is pole in 2009 and best finish is a win in 2008 in his IndyCar Series debut – both history-making moments (more info below). He has earned one top-five and four top-10 starts here and has two top-five and four top-10 finishes. In 2018, Rahal recovered from a spin in wet conditions in qualifying that led to a 24th place start to finish second in the 110 lap race but not without in-race drama. After he recovered from Lap 8 contact with Pigot, which put him on an alternate fuel strategy, he went on to capitalize on the timing of caution periods and fuel savings to run fourth in the closing stages of the race. On a restart for a two-lap shoot out, Rahal was fourth but contact between race leader Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi opened the door for third place Sebastien Bourdais and fourth place Rahal to pass them to take the white and checkered flags under caution to finish one-two. While with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, he won pole in 2009 and finished seventh and in 2008 he qualified ninth, led 19 laps and won in his series debut at the age of 19 years, 93 days old. Graham is hoping to add his name to the list of repeat winners at St. Pete… Has six IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and three poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015.
- FAST FACTS: Set the fifth fastest time in Group 2 of Round 1 in qualifying but INDYCAR took away his fastest lap (1:00.7059) for bringing out a local yellow when he went into the Turn 4 runoff. Will be his 10th race here. In nine races his best start is pole in 2014 with AJ Foyt Racing (AFR) and best finish is fifth place in 2011 with KV Racing. He started in the top-five in five of nine races and earned two, top-five and five, top-10 finishes. Last year, he started fifth and ran as high as fourth a couple of times but contact by Scott Dixon while ninth on Lap 34 of 110 forced him to pit to replace a punctured right rear tire and check for other damage which dropped him to the back of the field. The team tried alternate pit strategy in order to get to the front but he soldiered on to finish 12th in his ninth race here… In 2017, he started and finished fifth for Andretti Autosport and led two laps. In 2016, he qualified 11th, started 10th after Servia replaced polesitter Power and finished sixth for AFR. In 2015, he started fifth and finished 13th for AFR. He won pole in 2014, led 33 laps and finished seventh and started second and finished eighth in 2013 – both with AFR. With RLL in 2012, he qualified 15th and retired in 22nd after an electrical failure. In 2011, he qualified 11th and finished fifth and in his first race here in 2010, he qualified 11th and retired in 22nd after contact – both races with KV. After earning his best season-ending finish of eight place in 2017, Takuma is excited to return to St. Pete where he was optimistic of a good finish after qualifying fifth last year. In the race he was hit by Scott Dixon on Lap 34 of 110 which dropped him to the back of the field with a puncture and was only able to finish 12th… Has three wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 Indianapolis 500; 2018 – Portland) and seven series poles (2011 – Iowa (oval); 2011 – Edmonton (street); 2013 – Houston Race 1 (street); 2014 – St. Pete (street); 2014 Detroit Race 2 (street); 2017 – Detroit Race 2; 2017 – 2017 Pocono (oval).
NEXT UP: The morning warmup will take place tomorrow from 8:00-8:30 a.m. ET. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 12:30 PM ET Sunday, March 10 and the Green Flag will fly at 1:37 PM ET.
Rahal and Sato Completed a Productive Day of Practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg — St. Petersburg, Florida Round 1 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, March 8, 2019 RAHAL AND SATO SET THE 11TH AND 12TH FASTEST TIMES IN PRACTICE ON FRIDAY FOR THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG INDYCAR SEASON-OPENER 1) Ryan…
Rahal and Sato Optimistic About the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Season and Opening Round — the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Pre-Race Notes Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg — St. Petersburg, Florida Round 1 of 17 in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series DATE: Friday – Sunday, March 8-10, 2019 PRACTICE BROADCASTS: Live on INDYCAR Pass, the direct-to-consumer streaming product from NBC Sports Gold, on Friday from 10:45-11:30…
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AND ACRONIS FORM TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACROSS THE TEAM’S THREE RACING PROGRAMS
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (December 18, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced a new technical partnership with cyber protection leader Acronis that will help the team protect their intellectual property company-wide across their programs in the IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. “Intellectual property is one of the most important assets…
Addition of XYZ Printing Will Enhance the Team’s Competitive Edge
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (December 11, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced a new technical partnership for their IndyCar Series program that the team believes will help strengthen their bid to earn future race wins and championships. Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato will compete in the full 2019 IndyCar Series season and will be joined at the Indianapolis 500 by Jordan King.
“3D printing is the norm these days in terms of creating prototype Indy car components out of carbon and other materials so our relationship with XYZ Printing will allow us to produce parts for the car much more efficiently for the areas of the car where we have the freedom to produce our own designs,” said Bobby Rahal, team co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan. “Clearly our relationship with XYZ Printing will make a difference for us.”
XYZ Printing technology will enable RLL to quickly produce prototype Indy car components to confirm clearances and function which reduces precious design time spent checking complicated packaging limits and will ultimately reduce the team’s concept-to-track time. XYZ’s 3D carbon fiber printing technology will also support the team’s wind tunnel program, allowing the team to produce wind tunnel-ready components without the need for detailed engineering drawings, tooling molds, and multi-stage manufacturing processes. XYZ Printing plans to highlight its new partnership through engineering case studies and best practices as well as future R&D on their emerging professional 3D printing capabilities like selective laser sintering and high-speed continuous photopolymer 3D printing.
“The partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is an exciting global opportunity for us,” said John Calhoun, Director of Sales for the America’s, XYZ Printing. “We are thrilled that XYZ Printing’s highly capable and engineering centric professional printers have been selected by a world class team like RLL. Our professional printers allow engineering teams of all sizes unprecedented access to the latest in additive manufacturing technology.”
The 2019 IndyCar Series season begins in March with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10. For more information on the team, please visit www.rahal.com.
About XYZ Printing
XYZ Printing is a leading global provider of comprehensive 3D printing solutions. XYZ Printing is the number one global brand in desktop 3D printing products and services and is now moving decisively into the industrial additive manufacturing arena. XYZ Printing is backed by the world’s leading electronic manufacturing conglomerate, New Kinpo Group, which earns more than $36 billion dollars of revenue annually and has more than 8,500 engineers in research and development across four continents. With nearly two decades of design and manufacturing experience. New Kinpo Group is a recognized manufacturer of many of today’s printers for both personal and commercial use.
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, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2019, the team will compete in their 28th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 26 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 30 poles, 97 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 – Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. Since 2014, BMW Team RLL has competed in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 19 wins, 26 poles and 73 podium finishes as well as a second place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017. The team will enter two cars in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series during the 2018/2019 season. It is the world’s first production-based electric vehicle race series and is a support event to the FIA Formula E Championship.
JORDAN KING TO MAKE HIS INDIANAPOLIS 500 DEBUT WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN 2019
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (November 14, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today that the team will enter a Honda-powered car for British driver Jordan King in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019. It will be the first Indianapolis 500 for the native of Warwickshire, England who competed in the 11 road and street course races for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2018.
“I’m really happy and excited to announce that I’ll be driving in the 2019 Indy 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Jordan King, 24. “This race is one that I have been working towards and a race I have always dreamt of racing in as it’s the jewel in the crown of IndyCar. I was at the race last year and I really enjoyed the whole weekend and knew straight away it was something that I had to be a part of so to be able to go there next year is definitely a huge moment in my career.”
“Jordan certainly impressed me last year with his pace at a number of races,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “Of course those were all road and street courses but he quickly came to grips with the Dallara and it was apparent that he has the potential to do well. While this will be his first oval race, I think that given the amount of track time, he will get up to speed and come to grips with the challenges of oval racing just as quickly. Of course it always helps to have two strong teammates and a strong team behind you to shorten the learning curve and we feel we provide that. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
British racing star King began karting in 2005, competing in national, European and World Championships. He moved to single-seaters in 2010, rising through the traditional junior ranks and racking up pole positions, race wins and podium finishes. He won the prestigious British Formula 3 title in 2013 with the Carlin squad, adding his name to a roster of legendary names from the past.
Having achieved seven podium finishes in the European F3 series in 2014, he moved up to acknowledged F1 proving ground GP2 for 2015. King achieved his first GP2 podium at Spa-Francorchamps. Performing at high-level, Jordan caught the eye of the Manor F1 team, which put their faith in his ability by signing him as their development driver. Two more seasons in GP2/Formula 2 saw him secure two wins, six podiums and three fastest laps whilst being a constant front-runner.
Jordan then made the step up to IndyCar for the 2018 season with Ed Carpenter Racing, contesting the street and road courses. He showed his natural ability and race pace from day-one by setting a new lap record at St. Petersburg on his debut race weekend. He qualified in the Fast Six two times and led 11 laps with a best finish of 11th at Toronto.
“Heading into next year, we went from not being able to find a full-time drive for the season through to securing a seat at one of the biggest races in the world which is a huge relief to be able to get sorted,” continued King. “A huge thanks to RLL for the opportunity and I hope I can repay their faith in me with a good result. The race will be my first-ever on a superspeedway so it should be an exciting experience every time I get behind the wheel. The aim for the 500 is to prove myself as an oval racer. I already competed in the road and street courses this year so now I’ll be looking to impress and expand my CV to push towards a full-time drive.”
The 2019 IndyCar Series season will open March 10 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida with the 15th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. For more details about the Series, please visit www.indycar.com .
PIERS PHILLIPS NAMED PRESIDENT OF RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (November 1, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Piers Phillips has joined the team as president. Phillips will report directly to team ownership and oversee operations for the team’s involvement in the IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series. Most recently, Phillips spent the past three seasons at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as general manager.
“Mike, Dave and I are pleased that Piers is joining the team as its first ever president,” said Bobby Rahal, team co-owner with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan. “His past successes speak volumes of his ability in all facets of racing and I look forward to working closely with Piers to take the team to the next level.”
“I was incredibly honored to be approached by Bobby about this opportunity given his experience, success and stature,” added Piers Phillips. “From the moment I sat down with him to discuss this role, I just fell in love with his passion, drive, and enthusiasm to continue the already impressive accomplishments that RLL has achieved as well as his desire to take the team even further in the future. He is an infectious character that I think I will thoroughly enjoy working with. I also spent some time with Mike Lanigan in Chicago and was equally impressed with his attitude and approach. To be involved at this level with not only the Indy car program, but also the sports car program and eTROPHY was a very easy decision for me and one that I know I will thoroughly enjoy.”
In 2018, RLL expanded to two full-season entries in the IndyCar Series for the first time since 2013 and earned one win and three podium finishes. On the sports car racing front, the team worked closely with BMW Motorsport to successfully launch the BMW M8 GTE in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and BMW Team RLL earned two wins, five podium finishes and three poles. On December 15, the team will debut a two-car program in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series at the Ad Diriyah E Prix.
About Piers Phillips
British-native Phillips has over 25 years of experience in both open wheel racing and sports car racing from both engineering and managerial roles. Phillips graduated from Northumberland College in the United Kingdom in 1991 with a mechanical engineering degree. While completing college, he began working as a junior technician at Dennis Common Subaru in Northumberland. A nine year stint saw him rise from a junior to senior technician with a supervisory role, all while competing in a race car he prepared. From 1999-2000 he was a race engineer and team manager of LA Rainbow Racing, an open-wheel ladder series team based in Toronto, Canada. He gained further engineering and managerial experience at British Formula 3 team Fred Goddard Racing (2000-2004) and BTTC team SEAT Sport UK (2004-2009) upon his return to England. SEAT Sport UK finished second in the drivers’ championship with Jason Plate in 2006 and 2007 and earned the manufacturers title in 2006 and teams’ championship in 2007. In October 2008, he moved to Strakka Racing as chief race engineer and team manager but was promoted to team principal and technical director 10 months later. Team highlights during the 2009-2012 seasons include an LMP2 class win at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, six pole positions and fastest laps, four race wins and an outright victory in Hungary to finish second in the Le Mans Series championship in 2010. In 2012, he formed Impact Engineering Services (IES) to provide technical support to sports car and Indy car racing programs. Through IES, he was able to continue the relationship he formed with Honda Performance Development while at Strakka Racing as the chief race engineer and technical director at Level 5 Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series from 2012-2014. While at Level 5 Motorsports, highlights included LMP2 race wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Laguna Seca, Petit Le Mans and a GTD-class win in the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Also from 2012-2015, he was involved in the crowd funding project to return Brabham Racing to a prominent racing series such as WEC or IMSA. For the 2016-2018 seasons, Phillips was general manager at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
UNITED RENTALS AND RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING HAVE DOUBLED THE PROGRAM-TO-DATE DONATION TO TURNS FOR TROOPS IN 2018
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing October 24, 2018 UNITED RENTALS AND RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING HAVE DOUBLED THE PROGRAM-TO-DATE DONATION TO TURNS FOR TROOPS IN 2018 $247,767 Raised in Third Year of Program Approaches Combined Total for 2016 and 2017 BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 24, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today that its partnership with…
VETERAN ENGINEER ALLEN MCDONALD JOINS RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AS SENIOR DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 2, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that respected engineer Allen McDonald has joined the team as senior development engineer in a multi-year deal. In addition to other notable successes, McDonald was race engineer or technical director for two IndyCar Series championships, two Indy 500 race wins and three Indy 500 poles, most recently as 2018 Indy 500 pole-winner Ed Carpenter’s race engineer.
“I’m very pleased that Allen has finally decided to join our team,” said Bobby Rahal, team co-owner with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan. “I have respected his ability for a number of years, dating all the way back to his time as an engineer at PacWest in the CART days and have shown interest in having him join our team. Allen obviously brings a lot of experience and success to the team but perhaps one of the biggest things I am excited about is the fact that he brings a fresh set of eyes and perspective. I can only think that he’s going to raise our level of engineering even higher than I feel it already is. We are very pleased and are looking forward to a productive off season.”
“Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is recognized as one of the best teams in the IndyCar pit lane and I am excited to be part of that,” added Allen McDonald. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone at RLL from the drivers to owners to the crew and hope I can contribute to the team’s future success.”
In 2018, RLL expanded to two full-season entries for the first time since 2013 when Takuma Sato returned to the team as Graham Rahal’s teammate. Season highlights include a win by Sato in Portland as well as a third and fourth place finish in Iowa and Elkhart Lake while Rahal finished second in St. Petersburg and earned 12 top-10 finishes.
About Allen McDonald
McDonald earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Wales and a master’s degree and diploma in engineering from the University College of London. He got his start in racing at Team Brabham from 1983-1990 where he gathered valuable knowledge in many areas including as a design draftsman, DAG and race engineer for the first time with Stefano Modena. From 1991-1996 he moved to Arrows Grand Prix/TWR F1 as a design draftsman and later race engineer for various drivers including Jos Verstappen. He moved to the United States in 1997 for a five year stint with PacWest Racing as race engineer for Mark Blundell and was later named technical director. From 2002-2009 he was at Team Green/Andretti Autosport (AA) where he was race engineer for Dario Franchitti who won the 2007 Indianapolis 500 and overall championship. He spent the 2010-2011 seasons at FAZZT Race Team/Sam Schmidt Motorsport as race engineer for 2011 Indy 500 pole winner Alex Tagliani as well as chief engineer of Dan Wheldon’s Indy 500-winning program. In late 2011, he returned to Andretti Autosport for the 2012-2013 seasons as Marco Andretti’s race engineer as well as technical director and AA driver Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2012 series title. For the next five seasons, he was a race engineer for Mikhail Aleshin and James Hinchcliffe at Schmidt Peterson Motorsport where he engineered Hinchcliffe’s 2016 Indy 500 pole-winning car. Most recently, he was race engineer for Jordan King and 2018 Indy 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter at Ed Carpenter Racing.