Rahal Letterman Lanigan has a long history of hiring stellar drivers to man our race cars. Starting with our original driver and founder Bobby Rahal, whose legendary career set the bar high, the team has enjoyed having a long string of successful race car drivers. Some of our former drivers include famous names such as Bryan Herta, Max Papis, Kenny Brack, Jimmy Vasser, Michel Jourdain Jr., Danica Patrick, Buddy Rice, and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Today, the tradition continues, as our current staff of world class drivers continues to show week after week that their skills behind the wheel are one of the main ingredients of our successful team. Browse our driver bios and you’ll see that the the tradition continues of having world class, top notch talent in the driver seat.
Graham Rahal grew up attending race events around the world with his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time Indy car champion Bobby Rahal, and cut his teeth in karting and moved up through feeder series to Indy car racing. In 2008, a victory at St. Petersburg – in his IndyCar Series debut – made him the youngest winner in a major auto race at 19, 93 days old. He also co-drove the winning car in the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race. He earned wins at Auto Club Speedway and Mid-Ohio in 2015 and was second in the series point standings heading in to the double-points-paying season finale in Sonoma but was hit from behind and ultimately finished 18th. He earned a series-high six podium finishes en route to a career-best rank of fourth place in IndyCar Series standings.
A graduate of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya with a degree in mechanical engineering, Servia began racing in 1988 driving go-karts. Currently, Oriol is driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the #16 car.
Ecosse in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the British GT Championship. Last year, Sims contested the entire season in the Blancpain GT Series for ROWE Racing, alongside Philipp Eng. The absolute highlight of his season was victory at the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, which he claimed together with Eng and DTM driver Maxime Martin in the BMW M6 GT3’s debut year. Therefore, the stage is perfectly set for what promises to be an exciting 2017 in the IWSC.
Augusto Farfus has high hopes for the 2017 motorsport season. Having been plagued by bad luck last year, he is determined to return to winning ways. After all, he has proven many times in the past that he belongs right up there with the very best. Whether in the DTM, in which Farfus will contest his sixth season for BMW Motorsport in 2017, or on the endurance scene – the Brazilian is a guarantee for success.
Bill Auberlen has already contested more than 250 races for BMW, and has enjoyed great success. For example, he was at the wheel of the BMW M3 GT when it claimed its maiden win in 2009. Four years later he recorded the first victory with the new BMW Z4 GTE. Together with Dirk Werner, he was responsible for BMW’s first success in the USCC in 2015.
Bruno Spengler is now one of the longest-serving DTM drivers in the field. In recent years, however, the Canadian, who crowned BMW’s return to the DTM in 2012 with the Drivers’ title, has also cut a fine figure on the GT racing scene. He made his debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the BMW Z4 GTLM in 2015, narrowly missing out on class victory alongside Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner and fellow DTM driver Augusto Farfus.
Despite being so young, John Edwards goes into his fourth complete season with BMW Team RLL in 2017. This year, however, he will race alongside Martin Tomczyk for the first time. The American had spent the previous two years battling for points and victories in America together with Lucas Luhr, during which time he enjoyed many a success.
Canadian Kuno Wittmer, who lives in Montréal, competer for BMW Team RLL in the IWSC for the first time in 2016. Two years before, in the very first year since the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM Series were merged to form the USCC, Wittmer won two races and claimed six podium finishes on his way to the inaugural GTLM title in 2014. His team subsequently withdrew from the series in 2015, reducing him to occasional outings in the GTD class.
Every ending is a new beginning – this is almost certainly what Martin Tomczyk was thinking last year when he announced his retirement from the DTM to try his luck on the GT racing scene. For the man from Rosenheim, who did battle for titles and race wins in the DTM for 16 years, this marked the end of a long chapter in his motorsport career.
In 2015, Dutchman Nick Catsburg claimed his first major endurance success with victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the BMW Z4 GT3. He also raced in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge and the Blancpain Sprint Series. Since 2011 he has started in BMW racing cars in a variety of international racing series and 24-hour races. In 2013, together with Marc VDS Racing, he took the team title in the Blancpain Endurance Series. He is also regularly in action for BMW Motorsport on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife, where he has already tasted victory. Catsburg also drove the BMW M6 GT3 in the iconic street race in Macau in 2016.