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Rahal team inches closer to full 2012 season

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the expanding program at Rahal Letterman Lanigan," said Anderson. "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.

Despite all the announcements and the obvious 'direction of travel' that it indicates, the RLL team has not yet confirmed that it will be returning to full-time competition in 2011. RLL has four wins, ten poles, 19 podiums and 39 top-five finishes in its long history in US open wheel racing, but has not competed full time since 2008.

In 2011, RLL ran Jay Howard, Bertrand Baguette and Pippa Mann in several oval events including Kentucky, Texas and of course Indianapolis. Howard and Mann were both driving in the season finale at Vegas, with Mann injured in the multi-car wreck on lap 12 that resulted in the race being abandoned after Dan Wheldon subsequently died.

At this point, RLL are refusing to be drawn further on their plans for 2012, with the team statement simply saying that the team "is currently finalising its program for 2012 and beyond, and will be announcing its sponsor and driver lineup in the coming months."

Bobby Rahal added: "We are in conversations with several drivers and having Honda as a partner is obviously a plus for anyone driving for our team.

"There are some very talented drivers available for 2012 and we are working very hard to put together the strongest package possible for our partners, sponsors and fans."




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