ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – It was a big day for former Indy 500 Champ, Bobby Rahal. Not only did his son, Graham Rahal turn the fastest lap in Tuesday’s first practice session at IMS, but approximately 14 miles north of the Speedway, his team at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing broke ground on their new state-of-the-art facility in Zionsville.
Rahal said, “You know I’ve only got three Baby Borgs, Roger’s (Pesnke) got like fifteen or something, so I’m trying to catch up as fast as I can.”
By Spring of 2022, the RLL Racing team will have a new global headquarters that is bracing for new growth. The $20 million dollar racing facility will span 13 acres and 100,000 square feet.
Co-owner of the team Mike Lanigan said, “In the future, we’d like to have a four-car team. Right now, we have a full-time two-car team. Hopefully, we can go to three cars next year.”
Rahal added, This is, I think, a pretty big signal of our belief in motorsport as a whole, IndyCar racing specifically, sports car racing as well. And, we plan on expanding, becoming bigger and bigger in the years to come.”
By consolidating their the former IndyCar operations from Brownburg and IMSA facilities in Ohio, the team will add close to 100 jobs in Indy over the next three years.
Governor Eric Holcomb attended the groundbreaking ceremony. He said, “It’s just a flat-out exciting time to watch this ecosystem continue to mature. And, what you’re going to bring here is going to be instrumental in our future growth, not just as a state, but really as a model for the rest of the world.”