Rahal Letterman Lanigan Signs Tom Anderson As President of Racing Operations
HILLIARD, Ohio (November 3, 2011) – As teams throughout motorsports begin a busy offseason of preparation for an intriguing 2012 racing campaign, Rahal Letterman Lanigan today hired a proven veteran to direct the team in not only defending the three American Le Mans Series championships that it won this year, but also to take a lead role in ramping up toward an anticipated return to the IZOD Indy Car Series.
RLL is pleased to announce Tom Anderson as its President of Racing Operations today, bringing the veteran of more than 40 years in the racing world onto the Ohio-based team. Anderson began his career in 1969, but is more well-known for his successes as the Managing Director at Chip Ganassi Racing beginning in 1990 where he helped guide the team to four consecutive Indy Car championships in the CART series.
“I have known Tom since the Can-Am days in the 1970s and have always respected and admired how he went about his business,” Rahal said. “I look forward to working with Tom and raising the competitive level of all aspects of the team. Also, I want to point out that Scott Roembke remains a valued member of our team and will act as a consultant and advisor to the team in 2012 and beyond.”
Anderson left Ganassi after the 2000 season for Adrian Fernandez and his startup Indy Car team, where he served as the team’s Managing Director for nine seasons. The Modesto, California native has six Indy Car/CART championships on his resume as well as three Indianapolis 500 wins. He has worked with some of the greats of the sport including Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Al Holbert, Alex Zanardi and Jimmy Vasser.
“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.”