BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing will enter a car for 2011 GP2 runner-up Luca Filippi in the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston and Honda Indy Toronto Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheaders.
Associate sponsorship for the program will come from IMPCO and FightSMA.
“I’m extremely excited to join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing because there is a lot of respect between myself and Bobby,” said Filippi, 28, about team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “We have been trying to find a way to work together for a long time and to finally have it happen is a great feeling. I really love the IndyCar Series. Since I first drove the car and experienced the atmosphere of the series, I have loved everything about it and can’t wait to get back in a car.”
RLL attempted to put an Indy car program together for Filippi in 2012 but was unable to secure funding. Filippi made four Indy car starts in 2013 for Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and street races in Baltimore and the doubleheader races in Houston with a best start and finish of eighth and 10th, respectively, in race one in Houston.
“We tried to get Luca into the team a few years back and even went so far as to build a seat but we were unable to find the funding,” said RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal. “In the meantime he went to Bryan Herta’s team and showed what he can do in the few races he ran for them. He has been successful in GP2 in Europe, amongst other series, for a number of years so I don’t think there is any question that he has the pace to run towards the front. On top of that, he is a real gentleman and we are looking forward to working with him and seeing how he can help the team progress.”