Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal says that the next ten years are going to be pretty interesting for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES when it comes to new drivers coming into the sport. Speaking during the content day, Graham Rahal, confirmed that in a few years he and Mike Lanigan’s son, Patrick will continue with the team.
Well, I think the great Kenny Brack told me a couple years ago, the thing is the driver is the most important piece, and it’s not because they drive, it’s because they sit in the center of the wheel.
Literally and figuratively, the driver is in the middle of it all, and you hear from every department, you work with marketing, you work with PR, you work with mechanics, you work with the engineers, you work with the truckers. You see everybody and everything.
I think that’s why drivers often when they move on to the next level can succeed, because you’ve seen it. You’ve been exposed to it. You know what it means. You’ve worked hard for the sponsors.
I think it’s important. I also think it’s important a lot of those names that you said are certainly older nowadays, in age, I mean, and that’s something that all motorsports are facing right now, and to see some younger ownership come into the fold over the next few years — I think with Andretti obviously Marissa has done a really good job kind of inserting herself into the role there.
Obviously for me in our family I think it’s Patrick Lanigan and myself will continue on. So I think there’s good plans. Larry has done an amazing job. Larry is an great guy, those that know him, with Foyt.
But certainly I think the next 10 years are going to be pretty interesting to see a lot of change in the drivers and the ownership and where things go.