Former Schmidt Peterson Motorsports General Manager Piers Phillips has been named president of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing the Brownsburg, Indiana based outfit announced on Thursday.
After three seasons with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports the Englishman will oversee Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series, IMSA WhetherTech championship and Jaguar I-Pace E-Trophy series reporting directly to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team owners Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan.
Speaking about the news, Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing commented by saying:
Mike, Dave and I are pleased that Piers is joining the team as its first ever president. “His past successes speak volumes of his ability in all facets of racing and I look forward to working closely with Piers to take the team to the next level.”
Philips is extremely excited to be starting his new role with the team saying:
“I was incredibly honored to be approached by Bobby about this opportunity given his experience, success and stature. “From the moment I sat down with him to discuss this role, I just fell in love with his passion, drive, and enthusiasm to continue the already impressive accomplishments that RLL has achieved as well as his desire to take the team even further in the future. He is an infectious character that I think I will thoroughly enjoy working with. I also spent some time with Mike Lanigan in Chicago and was equally impressed with his attitude and approach. To be involved at this level with not only the Indy car program, but also the sports car program and eTROPHY was a very easy decision for me and one that I know I will thoroughly enjoy.”
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing added a second full time car in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 with Takuma Sato joining Graham Rahal at the team.