Following a 31 year absence it was confirmed on Thursday that Theodore Racing will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series contesting three races with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing starting with this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Theodore Racing will also contest the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 before the climax, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil where Graham Rahal will enter the race with the No.15 Honda as Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Theodore Racing.
Teddy Jr commented on the partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan racing saying:
Indy car and American racing was extremely important to my father and in many ways it was his second home. This year’s Indy 500 marks an important anniversary, and it’s fitting that the Theodore name is an active part of the celebrations. “Partnering with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing makes perfect sense. Bobby knew my father and much like myself, Graham is part of a new generation hoping to continue a legacy and make his own mark in the history books. The IndyCar Series is certainly on the up and many European teams and drivers are now looking across the pond to the series. We’ve achieved some success in Asia and Europe so I’m very excited to be America’s latest import and work with such a professional team and talented driver.
Spencer Pigot will race alongside Graham in the No.16 Honda entry for both Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking about the partnership, Rahal Letterman Lanigan founder Bobby Rahal who celebrates the 30th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 victory this year commented by saying:
What an honor it is to have Theodore Racing back in Indy car racing and with us at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. We are so appreciative to Teddy Yip Jr. and his staff for entrusting the historic legacy of the Theodore name with our team. I knew his father and while I never actually drove for him, many of the greatest drivers that went on to Formula One, Formula 5000 and other categories, did drive for Teddy Yip Sr. and Theodore Racing. We are really thrilled to have Teddy Jr. bring Theodore Racing back to North America, and especially for them to have selected our team to do it with.