Michael Lanigan

lannigan-002cMichael (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.  During his tenure as Pres­i­dent, Mike along with his brothers, Jack, Bill and Dan have solid­i­fied their core busi­ness by entrenching Mi-Jack as America’s premiere mobile gantry crane manu­fac­turer and the nations leading supplier of inter­modal lift equip­ment. In addi­tion, Mike has success­fully launched Mi-Jack into the inter­na­tional busi­ness arena through ventures in Central and South America.  Mike resides in New Lenox, Ill. with his wife Mary Kay and has five grown children.

About Mike Lanigan and Racing…

Mike’s passion for racing began in the early 1970’s when he moved to Indi­anapolis to open an equip­ment distrib­u­tor­ship.  After his first intro­duc­tion to the Indy 500 he real­ized that this was much more than a sport, it was a true expe­ri­ence.  By the end of the 1980’s he was exposing the heart pounding excite­ment of open wheel racing to his friends and busi­ness colleges.

Wanting to get more involved, in 1992 he spon­sored a team and driver for the Indy 500.  During the next nine yeas, Lanigan through his company, Mi-Jack Prod­ucts, continued supporting young drivers as they came up through the highest levels of the sport, building friend­ships, nurturing and encour­aging their devel­op­ment.  By the end of the 2001 season, he part­nered with the first driver he spon­sored, Eric Bachelart to start Mi-Jack Conquest Racing to compete in the IRL. In their first full season, the fledg­ling part­ner­ship secured the 2002 Rookie of the Year title for driver Laurent Redon.

Not forget­ting the early expe­ri­ences in open wheel racing, Lanigan real­ized that the diver­sity of the tracks is what made an IndyCar driver special.  Their ability to be quick and nibble on the tight turns of the road and street courses combined with the sheer bravery of piloting the cars at speeds over 225 mph on the super speed­ways, is what made them fan favorites and even­tu­ally legends.  He and Bachelart moved the team to the Champ Car World Series.  For the next four years, Mi-Jack Conquest Racing would compete against some of the biggest names in motor­sports, at tracks across the globe.

By 2006, the team had expanded to include two addi­tional cars competing in the Atlantic series along with the two car effort in the Champ Car series.  Again, wanting to do more, when the oppor­tu­nity came along to revi­talize the races in both Houston and Cleve­land, without hesi­ta­tion, Lanigan formed MJ Promotions.

MJ Promo­tion, through Lanigan’s lead­er­ship and vision, brought the energy back to the race weekend, creating a Fan Expe­ri­ence that filled each day with exciting racing on tracks specif­i­cally devel­oped to bring the thrills up close to the fans.  Both events grew in atten­dance and spon­sor­ship and were consid­ered a resounding success’ by fans and drivers alike.

In 2007, Mike joined actor Paul Newman and busi­nessman Carl Haas as part­ners in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing to compete in the Champ Car World Series. The team, one of the most successful in the history of Champ Car, quickly showed its stature by winning their fourth consec­u­tive cham­pi­onship for driver Sebas­tian Bourdais.

In 2008, as one of the “cross-over” teams from Champ Car to the IRL, Newman Haas Lanigan, moved through the learning curve quickly, winning two races in their first season in the IRL.  After the untimely death of Paul Newman in 2008, Mike agreed to sell back his portion of the team to the Haas family and in the following year teamed with racing legend Bobby Rahal and enter­tain­ment giant David Letterman in Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Mike Lanigan / Mi-Jack – Racing Involve­ment Time Line

1992 –    Team sponsor with Dale Coyne Racing with driver Eric Bachelart for the 1992 Indi­anapolis 500 and the remainder of the ’92 series races


1993 –    Team Spon­sored with Dale Coyne Racing with driver Robbie Buhl in CART


1994 –    Team Spon­sored with Dale Coyne Racing with driver Alessandro Zampedri in CART


1995 –    Team Spon­sored with Payton Coyne Racing with driver Alessandro Zampredi in CART


1996 –    Team Spon­sored with Payton Coyne Racing with driver Roberto Moreno in CART.  Driver sponsor Alessandro Zampedri at Team Scandia for the Indy 500


1997

  •      Spon­sored Fermin Velez at Team Scandia in the IRL
  •      Team sponsor with Conquest Racing with driver Christophe Tinseau in Indy Lights
  •      Driver sponsor with Alessandro Zampedri with Team Scandia in the IRL
  •      Team sponsor with Treadway Racing with driver Arie Luyendyk the IRL

1998 –    Team sponsor with Conquest Racing with drivers Felipe Giaf­fone and Andy Boss with in Indy Lights


1999

  •     Team sponsor with Conquest Racing with drivers Felipe Giaf­fone,  Chris Menninga, and Rolando Quin­tanilla in Indy Lights
  •     Team sponsor with Hemel­garn Racing with drivers Buddy Lazier, and Johnny Unser in the IRL
  •     Driver Sponsor with Mike Groff with Team Xtreme for the Indy 500

2000

  •     Team sponsor with Conquest Racing with drivers Felipe Giaf­fone,  Chris Menninga, and Rolando Quin­tanilla in Indy Lights
  •     Team Sponsor with Sam Schmidt Racing with driver Davey Hamilton for the Indy 500

2001

  •     Team sponsor with Conquest Racing with drivers Kris­tian Kolby,  Nilton Rossoni, and Matt Haliday
  •     Team Sponsor with Sam Schmidt Racing with driver Davey Hamilton for the Indy 500
  •     Team Co-Owner in Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with driver Laurent Redon in the IRL

2002 —    Team Co-Owner in Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with driver Laurent Redon in the IRL


2003 —    Team Co-Owner in Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with driver Mario Haber­feld in Champ Car


2004 —    Team Co-Owner in Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with drivers Justin Wilson, Alex Sper­afico, and Nelson Philippe in Champ Car


2005 —    Team Co-Owner in Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with drivers Andrew Ranger and Nelson Philippe in Champ Car


2006

  •     Team Co-Owner in Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with drivers Andrew Ranger and Charles Zwolsman in Champ Car
  •      Team Co-owner in Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with drivers Graham Rahal and Ryan Lewis in Atlantics
  •      Owner, MJ Promo­tions, promoter of the Grand Prix of Houston
  •      Owner, MJ Promo­tions, promoter of the Grand Prix of Cleveland

2007

  •     Team Co-Owner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing with drivers Graham Rahal and Sebas­tian Bour­dais in the Champ Car World Series
  •      Team Co-Owner in Carl Haas Motor­sports with driver Kyle Krisiloff in NASCAR Busch series
  •      Owner, MJ Promo­tions, promoter of the Grand Prix of Houston
  •      Owner, MJ Promo­tions, promoter of the Grand Prix of Cleveland

2008 –    Team Co-Owner in Newman Haas/Lanigan/Racing with drivers Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson in the IRL


2009 -    Team Co-Owner in Newman Haas/Lanigan/Racing with drivers Graham Rahal and Robert Doornbos in IndyCar


2011 —    Team Co-Owner in Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing