Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is based in Hilliard, Ohio and Browns­burg, Indiana and is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman.  The team has been competing for over two decades, compiling 30 victo­ries (20-IndyCar, 10-ALMS), 42 poles (29-IndyCar, 13-ALMS) and three series cham­pi­onships (1992-IndyCar, 2010 and 2011-ALMS), as well as claiming an Indi­anapolis 500 victory in 2004 with Buddy Rice. In 2009, the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series, and in 2010 and 2011 won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT category.

Founded in 1992 when three-time Indy car cham­pion Bobby Rahal started his own team with Carl Hogan, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is one of racing’s most cele­brated orga­ni­za­tions. Tele­vi­sion icon David Letterman joined the team as an owner in 1996, with the team offi­cially becoming Rahal Letterman Racing in 2004 — the same year that the team won the Indi­anapolis 500. Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan joined the team as a co-owner in 2010, and the team name changed again to reflect the new rela­tion­ship. The team has won races in CART/Champ Car, the IndyCar Series, the Indy Racing League, Indy Lights and the Amer­ican Le Mans Series.

Owners

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Bobby Rahal

Robert “Bobby” Wood­ward Rahal was born in Medina, Ohio, in 1953, and worked his way up through the racing ranks starting with the SCCA’s feeder series to Formula Atlantic and then onto Euro­pean Formula Two. In an 18-year career span­ning F1, Can-Am, Le Mans/IMSA, and CART, Rahal notched three CART cham­pi­onships, including a win at the 1986 Indy 500, along with wins at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1987 12 Hours of Sebring endurance races.

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David Letterman

David Letterman, the icon of late-night talk show tele­vi­sion, had casual discus­sions with Bobby Rahal since they met in 1986 about his interest in getting involved in open-wheel racing. In early 1996, the talk was trans­formed into action as Letterman became a minority-interest owner in Team Rahal.

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Michael Lanigan

Michael (Mike) Lanigan began his career with Mi-Jack Prod­ucts in 1973 when he was sent to Indi­anapolis, Indiana to estab­lish a new Mi-Jack Construc­tion Equip­ment (C.E.) divi­sion. After a successful eight years building Mi-Jack’s C.E. divi­sion into the Midwest’s leading Aerial Lift Equip­ment Distrib­utor with facil­i­ties throughout Middle America, he returned to Chicago as Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent. In 1989 Mike accepted the posi­tion of Pres­i­dent of Mi-Jack.

Team

John Dick

Head of Research and Devel­op­ment — IndyCar