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.
With three World Touring Car Championship titles and two years in the BMW M3 DTM under his belt, Andy Priaulx is moving on to face a new challenge in 2014. He will line up in the BMW Z4 GTE for BMW Team RLL in the new United SportsCar Championship.
The combination of BMW and Bill Auberlen is a recipe for success. Regardless of which model the American takes out onto the track: the driver and car work in perfect harmony. The experienced Auberlen is a true all-rounder. As well as being brilliant in the latest BMW models, such as the BMW M3 GT or the BMW Z4 GT3, he can also look back on experience with historic cars like the BMW V12 LMR, McLaren BMW and the BMW M3 GTR.
Dirk Müller is a real GT specialist, and he’s got a run of success in the discipline to match. He first sat behind the wheel of a sports car on a racetrack in 1997 and received notoriety in the Porsche Carrera Cup – a series he won a year later. He caused quite a sensation by finishing high up in the classic endurance races in Daytona (1998 and 1999) and Le Mans (1999). He didn’t have to wait long for his first big title: Müller won the GT class of the American Le Mans Series in 2000 and became a BMW works driver the following year.
BMW Team Schubert and BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS will once again be able to call on the squad of BMW works drivers for reinforcement in 2014. Spearheading this season’s BMW Motorsport endurance programme is Dirk Werner.
BMW and Joey Hand have enjoyed a profitable partnership for several years and will continue to work together in 2011. The American lines up alongside his German teammate Dirk Müller for BMW Team RLL in the American Le Mans Series. Their goal is clear: to launch an attack on the Drivers’ title.
John began racing karts in 2003 winning the Great Lakes Sprint Series Jr Briggs Restricted Championship. That same year he became the youngest ever licensed driver in U.S. open-wheel road racing. Competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series on January 17, 2004, John became the youngest winner in open wheel road racing history, at just 12 years of age. Later in 2004, John won the Red Bull Driver Search, an effort to find the next American F1 World Champion.
The man from Belgium has that certain something. He has an ability that not many racing drivers in the world possess. He is regarded as a “rain god.” Maxime has risen to being a BMW Works Driver in the 2013 season.