Rahal Letterman Racing partners with Andersen Racing Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) and Andersen Racing of Fairfield, N.J. announced today a partnership that will allow the two teams to field multiple entries in the 2007 Indy Pro Series, the official developmental series of the IndyCar Series. At the core of the agreement is an opportunity for Rahal Letterman Racing to expand its driver development program and for Andersen Racing to access on and off track support from RLR.
“We feel this program is an important component to our IndyCar Series program and we feel it is important for our team to be involved in all levels of the IndyCar Series,” said Bobby Rahal, the co-owner of RLR and the 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion. “We have been involved in developmental series programs in the past and that has certainly paid dividends in allowing us to groom the next generation of driver. I have a lot of respect for Dan Andersen and his organization. I saw first hand in 2005, when my son Graham ran for his team in Star Mazda, their approach to fielding a feeder system entry. Their team has shown a passion for the sport and they have the right approach in making sure things are done professionally and correct the first time. This is the manner in which we run our IndyCar and ALMS programs and it was vitally important for us to find an IPS partner with the same approach.”
"Andersen Racing is delighted to be affiliated with Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Rahal Letterman Racing," said Dan Andersen, who operates Andersen Racing with his brother, John. "I greatly respect Bobby as a person and as a businessman and his record of success in the sport and outside the sport is well documented. This partnership allows me to fulfill a key component of my vision for Andersen Racing, which is to take young, talented drivers through our ladder system and allow them an opportunity to be seen by IndyCar teams in the IPS and hopefully land an IndyCar ride," added Andersen. “Rahal Letterman Racing's involvement will elevate our program and provide opportunities for our young drivers to work with one of the top teams in IndyCar today.”
Young American Andrew Prendeville of New Jersey and Australian native Joey Scarallo will pilot the RLR Andersen Racing Indy Pro Series entries. The 2007 Indy Pro Series opener is slated for March 24 at Homestead Miami Speedway, the same day as the 2007 IndyCar Series opener.
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