IndyCar 2015 team preview: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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It’s year three of Graham Rahal at his father Bobby’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team. Armed with another fresh amount of new personnel and with a single-car focus, the goal is to break out of the low teens on a regular basis throughout the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.

Team: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Engine/aero kits: Honda
Sponsors: Mi-Jack/D-A Lubricant/Steak ‘n Shake (No. 15)

2014 STATS

Races: 18
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1 (Rahal)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 479 (Rahal 345, Servia 88, Filippi 46)
Laps Led: 35 (Rahal 28, Servia 7)
Championship Position: 19th (Rahal), 24th (Servia), 28th (Filippi)

2015 LINEUP (Engineer in parentheses)

15 Graham Rahal (Eddie Jones)

2014 RECAP (Rahal driver recap)

Despite what on paper looked to be all the ingredients for a big 2014, the season was once again a struggle for RLL Racing and Graham Rahal. Not that the issues were anyone’s fault, but it came down to a combination of factors – a tight field, some missed setups and an unhealthy amount of poor luck – that contributed to another challenging campaign. Rahal again banked a single runner-up finish – Detroit race one as opposed to Long Beach in 2013 – but was otherwise a regular outside the top-five.

2015 OUTLOOK

One of IndyCar’s two remaining full season single-car teams has hit the reset button again. Gone in the overall RLL team picture are Bill Pappas, Mitch Davis and John Dick; in their place are Uwe Wolf, Mike Talbott and Martin Pare. Rahal will work with Eddie Jones, a veteran team engineer. Thus far Rahal has hailed the new personnel group as he’s worked with Talbott and Pare before, and Jones when he was on the team’s sister car. For now, a second car isn’t being added and would figure to appear only at the Indianapolis 500. Graham’s already engaged to NHRA Funny Car star Courtney Force over the offseason and seems in good spirits. Overall, the team doesn’t want to detract from Graham’s primary effort, and will look for more regular podium and top-five results this year.