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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Conway Signs With RLLR

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced Monday the signing of Mike Conway to pilot the team's second entry at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix in April.

“I am very happy to announce I will be racing with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the upcoming event at Long Beach in April,” said the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix winner. “The team has proven their speed and technical excellence in the past and I can't wait to start working with everybody. I worked with (RLL race engineer) Eddie (Jones) indirectly when he was Marco's (Andretti) engineer at Andretti Autosport so we would debrief as a group. He knows his stuff and has been around a long time so it should be fun working together.  I hope to add more races for the upcoming season but in the meantime, I look forward to getting back on a circuit that I previously won on!” 

Piloting the #30 Dallara, Conway comes to the team after bowing out before last season's finale at Auto Club Speedway in California  citing a lack of will to compete on ovals. The Brit was slated to finish his full-time season with A.J. Foyt Racing before the announcement.

The 29-year-old will run alongside full-time RLLR driver Graham Rahal.

Panther DRR Announces Sponsor

Panther DRR has announced Mecum Auction Company has signed-on as a sponsor for the #22 Dallara driven by Oriol Servia.

The two-year commitment through 2014 will see MAC as primary sponsor for the Spanish driver at Indianapolis and 'several other IZOD IndyCar events in both 2013 and 2014."

"We're proud of our continued partnership with the Mecum Auctions. To align our team and valued team sponsor partners with such a well-respected, successful and growing brand is truly a privilege. We look forward to working with Dana and his entire team both on and off the track over the next several years," said Panther DRR owner, Dennis Reinbold.

Tagliani Returns To The #98

Barracuda Racing has announced the re-signing of veteran Alex Tagliani to pilot the teams #98 entry in 2013.

"The 2012 season was strong for us, despite the challenges we faced, and the results don't reflect all our successes," said Tagliani. "In our second season together at Barracuda Racing, we can only climb upward as a team."

Co-owned by Bryan Herta and Steve Newey, the team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with Dan Wheldon and finished 17th in the 2012 standings with Herta behind the wheel, the teams first full-season.

"The combination of Alex and all the BHA crew and engineering group really worked well last year, and we all agreed that having Alex return would give us our best chance to win races and compete on every type of track the IndyCar schedule throws at us," Herta said.  "The expectations are higher this year for Alex, our partners, and ourselves.  It is great to see all the pieces coming together, everyone on the Barracuda Racing program are excited about this season."

Todd Malloy will return as lead engineer.