Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing purchases two Dallara DW12s
|By Simon Strang
||Thursday, November 3rd 2011, 13:21 GMT
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has ordered two Dallara DW12 chassis with the intention of fielding a team in next year's IndyCar Series.
A team spokesman confirmed to AUTOSPORT, however, that the extent and the details of the programme remain undefined.
The team has not run a full schedule in IndyCar since 2008, when Ryan Hunter-Reay scored its most recent victory at Watkins Glen.
But it has been an ever-present on the grid at Indianapolis since - it led this year's Indy 500 with Bertrand Baguette - and team co-owner Bobby Rahal has always stated that his ambition was to return to the category if he could put together a deal that made a competitive package viable.
"Things are in motion, we have purchased chassis, we are very close on an engine deal for 2012, we are not as close on a driver line-up," a team spokesman told AUTOSPORT.
"We have been talking to drivers, and our intent is to put together a quality programme for next year both in IndyCar and to defend our ALMS GT championship, but nothing is confirmed yet."
RLL also runs BMW's Motorsport programme in the American Le Mans Series GT class which scooped the drivers' (with Joey Hand and Dirk Muller) and teams' titles in 2011.