- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

RLL Joins Honda, Adds Anderson

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced Thursday they'll run Honda power in 2012, and that they've signed veteran team leader Tom Anderson as President of Racing Operations.

"Many fans already know that the roots of Honda's relationship with Bobby Rahal and his team extend to our initial entry into American open-wheel racing in the early 1990's," said Erik Berkman, president of Honda Performance Development and VP, corporate planning and logistics for American Honda.

Honda previously announced Chip Ganassi Racing, A.J. Foyt Racing, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports as partners for 2012.

"We are pleased to once again be partnering with Honda," said team co-owner, Bobby Rahal. "We have a storied history with Honda and respect its tradition of excellence in motorsports. In putting together our plans for 2012, we felt that having the full support of a proven winner such as Honda would aid in building the strongest program possible, and intend to represent Honda in the best manner possible" 

Anderson's 40+ years in the racing business includes stints with Adrian Fernandez, Andretti Autosport and most notably Chip Ganassi Racing in the 1990's.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the expanding program at Rahal Letterman Lanigan," Anderson said. "They have a championship-winning team in the ALMS and what we want to do is to continue that success and build the Indy Car side to enable it to match their sportscar prowess. I am looking forward to working with the new car as well as working with the quality people that RLL has assembled on its team."

The team is expected to field multiple cars full-time next season.

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