3-Time IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner
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.
One of open wheel racing’s most consistent drivers during his career, Rahal started 264 races for five teams and he took 18 poles and scored 24 wins. He collected back-to-back CART championships in 1986 & ’87, and picked up his third in 1992... [READ MORE]
Late Night TV Icon
David Letterman, an icon of late-night talk show television, had casual discussions with Bobby Rahal since they met in 1986 about his interest in becoming involved in Indy car racing. In early 1996, the talk was transformed into action as the Indianapolis native became part owner in Team Rahal.
Letterman can be found on several race weekends in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing pits. He retired in May 2015 from hosting the “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS after more than 6,800 episodes, surpassing his mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late-night talk show host in American television history.
Co-Owner of the LANCO
Group of Companies, based in Chicago, IL
Mike Lanigan began his career with Mi-Jack Products in 1973, when he was sent to Indianapolis to establish a new Mi-Jack construction equipment division.
After a successful eight years building the 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, Lanigan accepted the position of president of Mi-Jack. During his tenure, Mike and brothers Jack, Bill and Dan have solidified their core business by entrenching Mi-Jack as America’s premier mobile gantry crane manufacturer and the nation’s leading supplier of intermodal lift equipment.
In addition, Lanigan has successfully launched Mi-Jack into the international business arena through ventures in Central and South America. He resides in New Lenox, Ill., with his wife, Mary Kay, and has five grown children.