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Jordan King to Make His Indianapolis 500 Debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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

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…

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Veteran Engineer Allen McDonald Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as Senior Development Engineer

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.

 

A Battery Issue Limited Rahal’s Finish to 23rd After Running as High as Fifth in Sonoma; Sato Retired with an Electrical Problem After Running as High as Seventh

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INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway

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RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, September 16, 2018

 

A BATTERY ISSUE LIMITED RAHAL’S FINISH TO 23RD AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS FIFTH IN THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; SATO RETIRED WITH AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS SEVENTH

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Total Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “What happened in the race was our year in a nutshell. It was obviously disappointing to have the race end how it did. The guys did a great job and the Total car was pretty good in the race. We lost power. We had a battery that exploded unfortunately and that cost us everything. It was a very disappointing and frustrating day. I will say this though, we have had a hard year but I don’t think I have ever been as proud to work with a group of guys as I am this year. These guys never quit. They focused on doing the best they could at all times and busted their butts.  I know this is a great sign of things to come.”

 

  • FAST FACTS: Started ninth and passed Power and Pagenaud on the start as well as championship contender Rossi, who made contact with his teammate Andretti, to take over sixth place.  He made his first stop on Lap 14 and came out of the pits alongside teammate Sato.  As others made their stops, he cycled up to fifth place, which he held for eight laps before his red alternate tires began to lose their performance.  He was passed on Lap 26 by Power, Lap 32 by Bourdais and Lap 35 by Jones before he pit for the more durable primary tires. He returned to the track in eighth place and held the position until he reported that the car shut off on Lap 43/85. His car was towed to the garage and in an effort to salvage as many points as possible in a double-points race, the team replaced the battery that had exploded and he rejoined the race while the leaders were on Lap 57.  He ultimately completed a total of 66 laps by the time he retired in 23rd position near the end of the race… Was his 11th Indy car race here. His best start is fifth place and best finish is second – both in 2016 with RLL.  He has earned two top-five finishes and six top-10’s in 11 races. In 2017, he entered the Sonoma race seventh in points and moved to sixth in season-ending standings after finishing sixth.  Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval; 2017 – Race 1 & 2 Detroit streets) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street).  His highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He ended the season ranked eighth in series point standings with a total of 392. 

 

TAKUMA SATO, No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I think we had a good start and were moving up on the track. We overtook three cars so it was looking really positive at the start. I felt the car was strong and the strategy looked good. Graham and I were on the same strategy but we both were looking really good so I was positive but unfortunately we had a mechanical failure so we had to stop.  It’s a pity to finish the season like this especially for the boys who worked so hard the entire season. Of course we had a good highlight two weeks ago but we wanted to carry good momentum into 2019.  Having said that it was a good day for myself and the team as we announced we were together again next year. The last race in Sonoma is disappointing but there is a great feeling for next year.  We will work hard on development over the winter and come back strong for 2019.  Thank you very much to the entire team. I enjoyed the year.”

 

  • FAST FACTS: After starting 12th, he moved to 10th after passing Veach and championship-contender Rossi who hit his teammate Andretti and dropped back. By Lap 7, he was in ninth place after he passed Pagenaud. He passed O’Ward and Bourdais on Lap 11 for seventh place before making his first stop on Lap 14. On his out lap, an electrical issue surfaced and he had to pit and subsequently retire from the race in 25th place… Was his 9th race at Sonoma Raceway.  His best start here of fifth place came last year with Andretti Autosport and his best finish came in 2014 of fourth place with A.J. Foyt Racing. He has a total of two top-10 finishes with eighth place in 2015, also with A.J. Foyt Racing.  Has THREE IndyCar Series wins (2013 – Long Beach street course, 2017 – Indy 500 oval, 2018 – Portland road course) and SEVEN poles (2011 Iowa oval, Edmonton street; 2013 Houston Race 1 street; 2014 St. Pete street, Detroit Race 2 street; 2017 Detroit Race 2, Pocono oval)… He ended the season with a 12th place rank in series point standings with 351.
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RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING CONFIRMS TAKUMA SATO FOR 2019 LINEUP

SOURCE: RLLR PR BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 16, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Takuma Sato will return to the team in 2019.  Sato is the most recent winner in the IndyCar Series after having led 25 laps at the Grand Prix of Portland en route to his third series victory and first…

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RAHAL AND SATO SET THE NINTH AND 17TH FASTEST TIMES OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA SEASON FINALE

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway Verizon IndyCar Series PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, September 14, 2018 RAHAL AND SATO SET THE NINTH AND 17TH FASTEST TIMES OVERALL IN PRACTICE FOR THE INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA SEASON FINALE   1)         Ryan Hunter-Reay                1:17.5742 / 110.681 mph                   (Practice 1) 9)         Graham…

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Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway – Pre-Race Notes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sonoma Raceway – Pre-Race Notes Season-Finale of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series NEWS & NOTES: DATE:                                      September 14-16, 2018 PRACTICE BROADCASTS:       Live on www.Indycar.com with analysis from the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (AAPIRN) and on the INDYCAR YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/indycar) on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m….

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TOTAL QUARTZ TO BE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING’S NO. 15 ENTRY FOR GRAHAM RAHAL AT THE INDYCAR SERIES SEASON-FINALE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 10, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s U.S. marketing affiliate, have expanded their relationship to include primary sponsorship of the team’s No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Series season-finale at Sonoma Raceway on September 16.  In January it was announced that the…

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SATO DROVE TO HIS THIRD SERIES WIN AND FIRST WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Grand Prix of Portland Verizon IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 2, 2018   SATO DROVE TO HIS THIRD SERIES WIN AND FIRST WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; RAHAL COLLECTED IN LAP ONE INCIDENT AND FINISHED 23RD   GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: …

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