Veteran Engineer John Dick Returns to RLL as Head of Research and Development for IndyCar Program

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 30, 2014) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that John Dick has returned to the team as Head of Research and Devel­op­ment for the IndyCar Series program. Dick, who has over 37 years of racing expe­ri­ence, was the race engi­neer for Team Rahal driver Max Papis in 2001, and the combi­na­tion produced two wins and one pole.

Its great to have John back with the team,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “His expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge is a great compli­ment to the existing staff we have assem­bled with race engi­neers Bill Pappas and Eddie Jones. John is a key element to our plan to expand our tech­nical depart­ment and will oversee testing and development.”

Dick began his racing career in the early 1980’s working on successful Trans-Am and IMSA GTP programs before moving to CART in 1987 with Shierson Racing as race engi­neer. From there, Dick held engi­neering posi­tions at teams such as Galles-Kraco Racing, Budweiser King Racing (CART/NASCAR), Stavola Brothers (NASCAR), Team KOOL Green, PPI Motor­sports, Team Rahal, Blair Racing, Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, KV Racing Tech­nology, Dreyer & Rein­bold Racing and Dale Coyne Racing. His engi­neering career includes a number of high­lights such as leading Arie Luyendyk to his first Indi­anapolis 500 win in 1990 and his most recent high­light is a win with Mike Conway at Dual 2 in Detroit last season with Dale Coyne Racing.

Among the drivers Dick has worked with are Tom Gloy, David Hobbs, Chip Ganassi, Scott Pruett, John Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Raul Boesel, Arie Luyendyk, Danny Sullivan, Scott Goodyear, Paul Tracy, Dario Fran­chitti, Oriol Servia, Cris­tiano da Matta, Kenny Brack, Max Papis, Adrian Fernandez, Buddy Rice, Sarah Fisher, Justin Wilson, James Jakes, Mike Conway and others.

I am looking forward to this coming season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Dick.  “We will face chal­lenges but with the talented group of engi­neers, mechanics and staff I know we will be able to meet them.  Some of the best brains in the busi­ness are here at RLL and working hard with them will be really satis­fying.  I know success will be just a matter of time and Graham will be the final impor­tant ingredient.”

Dick replaces Gerry Hughes who recently returned to England. The 2014 IndyCar Series season will mark the 23rd year of open-wheel compe­ti­tion for RLL. The team will attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles, 80 top-three podium finishes and 1992 series championship.

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 2014, the team will begin their 23rd 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, 80 podium finishes and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team competed in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series from 2009 – 2013 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 and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manu­fac­turer Cham­pi­onship. In 2014, BMW Team RLL is competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship with a two-car program in the GTLM class and recently finished second and fourth in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to bring their win total to 10 races and 44 podium finishes.

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