Team Rahal announced Thursday that Don Hayward, who has spent the last 12 years of his 34 year Ford career with their CART, IMSA, and SCCA programs, will take charge of the team's engineering department.

Bobby Rahal said, "Don brings a wealth of experience to our organization as both an engineer and a manager. He will be an outstanding addition to our engineering group and another excellent resource from which our growing list of technical partners can draw."

"The opportunity to work with Bobby and this outstanding group of talented young engineers was one I couldn't pass up," Hayward said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)