While reviving an all-out IndyCar program, Rahal Letterman
Lanigan aims to keep its champion sports car team revving.
In his 20-year team ownership career, Bobby Rahal has never been afraid to make some radical shakeups to his
current package in whatever series in
which he’s been running. So naturally,
he’s shuffling the deck again for 2012.
The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
agenda will feature multiple-car efforts
for both an American Le Mans Series
title defense with BMW and a full
season IZOD IndyCar Series return with
Honda power. This would be a daunting
undertaking for most teams, yet for
Rahal, it’s just par for the course after
the last four years were spent focusing
on one or the other.
“We’ve done this before, so it’s not
like this is something new for us,” Rahal
admits. “Frankly, we have the facilities
to easily handle both and we’ve been
The ambitious scale of his 2012 sports
car and IndyCar programs causes no
trepidation for team boss Rahal.
built for that – we’ve been emptier in
recent years. We’re doing a little bit of
Back to the Future in several respects.”
Game on, then, for the group which
also features co-owners Mike Lanigan
and David Letterman, as well as newly
acquired president of racing operations,
Tom Anderson. The latter is a veteran of
more than 40 years in the industry, with
his last 20 years spent between Chip
Ganassi Racing, Fernandez Racing and,
most recently, Andretti Autosport.
Anderson, whose experience at
Fernandez included running
simultaneous programs in IndyCar and
either the ALMS or Grand-Am, says
having three key people on each side,
plus one to manage accounting, is key
for keeping track of how the programs
are operating. He estimates he’ll be
focusing 90 percent on IndyCar and 10
percent on ALMS in 2012.
The last time Rahal’s team ran full
double programs, in 2007, the team
fielded a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in ALMS
and a two-car IndyCar effort.
“We’ve just dabbled the last couple
years on the IndyCar side because of not
finding the appropriate funding level,
but we’ve always wanted to be there,”