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

Martin Pare

Head of Vehicle Ride Control Development – IndyCar

Uwe Wolf

Race Engineer No. 24 – USCC