Veteran Engineer Eddie Jones Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; Will Work as Race Engineer for Second Indy Car Program

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (December 3, 2012) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Eddie Jones has joined the team as race engi­neer for the second 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series program the team is working to finalize. Most recently Jones spent over 15 years with Team Green/Andretti Autosport as a race engi­neer in Indy Lights, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series and moved to KV Racing Tech­nology in 2012 to be Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello’s race engi­neer. 
 
“Our inten­tion all along was to build our engi­neering depart­ment and Eddie is one of the best out there.” said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “Given his track record, which is impres­sive, we are obvi­ously very pleased that he has chosen to join our team.  He will be the race engi­neer for the second program we expect to have, but in the mean­time before we finalize that, Eddie will contribute daily to our overall engi­neering effort.  I have always been impressed with the way he goes about his busi­ness, his person­ality and his strength as of a team player. His addi­tion is a very impor­tant part of our future success.”
 
Jones began his career in racing as a driver and race mechanic in 1971 and has built an impres­sive career since then.  He worked on race and championship-winning programs in series such as the MARC Midget Cham­pi­onship and British and Euro­pean F3 series, and was respon­sible for wind tunnel testing of Ralt F3 and F3000 cars.  His first expe­ri­ence in the United States was as a competitor in the Formula Super Vee series in 1983 and he moved here in late 1991 when he co-founded Shannon Car Corp. with the sole respon­si­bility for design, produc­tion and construc­tion of a proto­type Olds Pro Series car for its US debut. He was a consul­tant for various Atlantic and FF2000 programs and was team manager and engi­neer for FRE Racing’s Indy Lights program from 1994 – 1996. In late 1996, he was hired as chief engi­neer to turn around Team Green’s Indy Lights program. He was later promoted to race engi­neer for the team’s Indy car program and worked with Michael Andretti (2001 – 2003), Dan Wheldon (2003 – 2005), Marco Andretti (2006 – 08, 2011-12) and Danica Patrick (2009 – 10) through the current name change to Andretti Autosport (AA). Overall, while at AA he engi­neered 13 Indy car wins, including Dan Wheldon’s 2005 Indy 500 win and series title, and five top-three Indy 500 finishes. His 2012 season as F1 driver Barrichello’s engi­neer at KV Racing Tech­nology produced an 12th place season-ending standing in his rookie year, two top-five finishes and an 11th place in the Indy 500.  
 
“I am very excited to have joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Eddie Jones. “Bobby Rahal has been a winner both as a driver and as a team owner so he fully under­stands what it takes to be successful at this level and has built a team that is clearly up to the task. In partic­ular I like the emphasis he places on the impor­tance of engi­neering and am impressed by the group he has assem­bled under Tech­nical Director Jay O’Connell and with Race Engi­neer Gerry Hughes. I believe my long­standing Indy car expe­ri­ence and partic­ular skill sets will serve to compli­ment their existing program and assist in the pursuit of greater compet­i­tive­ness for 2013 and beyond.“
 
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing returned to full-time IZOD IndyCar Series compe­ti­tion in 2012 for the first time since 2008. Season high­lights include a second place finish in Edmonton and third in Brazil with Takuma Sato in addi­tion to being a contender for the team’s second victory in the Indi­anapolis 500 on the final lap.  In 2013 the team will begin their 22nd year of open wheel compe­ti­tion and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.
 
About Eddie Jones
Jones earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Aero­nau­tical Engi­neering from Impe­rial College of Science and Tech­nology, Univer­sity of London in 1990.  A successful former open-wheel driver, Jones raced from 1971 – 1978 in various British cate­gories and earned British Formula Vee Rookie of the Year in 1976. He moved to FF2000 in 1979, on to Formula Super Vee in England and Europe in 1982 and ran in the Formula Super Vee series in the United States in 1983.  While racing, he worked in a variety of capac­i­ties such as mechanic, design engineer/manufacturer, and design consul­tant for compa­nies such as Paul Emery Cars, Baty Racing Team and Shannon Cars. After a four year stint with March Engi­neering as Chief Aero­dy­nam­i­cist – Ralt Cars Divi­sion from 1989 – 1992 where he was respon­sible for the model shop and wind tunnel testing of Ralt F3 and F3000 cars, he moved to the United States to co-found Shannon Car Corp. with full and sole respon­si­bility for the design, produc­tion and construc­tion of proto­type Olds Pro Series cars for its USA debut. The program went on to earn multiple wins and poles. He was a consul­tant engi­neer with Stuart Moore Racing (Formula Atlantic; 1993 – 1994) and Team Atlanta Motor­sports (Hooters FF2000; 1995 – 1996) and also estab­lished FRE Racing, a new Indy Lights team on behalf of owner Peter Faucetta Sr., from 1994 – 1996.  Drivers included Robbie Buhl, Jackie Scheckter, Jose Cordova and team owner Peter Faucetta Jr. In late 1996, he was hired as chief engi­neer of Team Green’s strug­gling Indy Lights program and went on to produce wins, poles and podiums before he was promoted in 2001 to race engi­neer for the team’s Indy car program where he worked with Michael Andretti (2001 – 2003), Dan Wheldon (2003 – 2005), Marco Andretti (2006 – 08, 2011-12) and Danica Patrick (2009 – 10) through the current name change to Andretti Autosport. Overall, while at Andretti Autosport he engi­neered 13 Indy car wins, including Dan Wheldon’s 2005 Indy 500 win and series title, and five top-three Indy 500 finishes. His 2012 season as F1 driver Barrichello’s race engi­neer at KV Racing Tech­nology produced an eighth place season-ending standing for the rookie’s year, two top-five finishes and an 11th place in the Indy 500.
  
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, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  In 2013 the team will begin their 22nd year of open wheel compe­ti­tion and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team also competes in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series 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.
 

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