Lanigan says team gunning for IndyCar title

Newman/Haas/Lanigan co-owner Mike Lanigan says his team will be competitive enough to possibly win the IRL IndyCar Series championship in 2009.

"Our expectation is to win the championship," said Lanigan in an interview with the official IndyCar website.

"That is what (co-owners) Paul (Newman) and Carl (Haas) taught me – don't settle for second.

"I think it's remarkable that in 2008 with the circumstances we were in – to be 30 days from one league to another, new cars, new equipment, new race tracks, the tremendous hours we put in – just to show up every weekend. Our team has had a lot of turnover because of the changes but every week we learned."

"We certainly understood how the budgets have changed," Lanigan said. "Oval racing is super exciting, but when you crash it's a lot more expensive and a lot more work on our people to put the cars back together. But it's really quite simple that it comes down to drivers, engineering and crew members that make this happen."

"We are going uphill now, not downhill," he said. "Sponsors are looking at us real hard and know we are going to put on a good show. And we are not confusing the race fan anymore and that is a great thing."

"I got to watch three of the last four races of the season with Paul Newman at his house," Lanigan said. "Both Paul and Carl wanted me to get more involved with the race team. I'm ready to get more involved and participate more."

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