"We're very close on that," insisted Rahal. "The second car is being prepared as we speak. As far as we're concerned, we're going to have two cars, two drivers, and that's really our focus at this point in time."
In Rahal's opinion, "Having multiple cars within a team is better I think up to a point. I think ideally a two-car team is probably the right number. We've run three in the past and been successful with that; but nevertheless, organisationally it's a much tougher deal."
"In the end, if we have our options, we want to be a two-car team," he summarised. "We're working hard for that. I think we will be. So that's how we're going forward at this stage."
But if a second car didn't prove possible, Rahal insisted that he didn't think it would seriously harm his team's prospects for a successful 2012 season. "I had my best years, some of my best years, on a single-car team. We've gone to Indy the last several years as a single-car team and done I think pretty well.
"While a single-car team may not be ideal, I think your ability to be competitive is just as good there as anywhere else because you're able to focus all your efforts on one driver, one car, a small group of people tightly knit. That can do a lot of good things," he said.
Two cars can even be a disadvantage, he pointed out: "It can be good and it can be bad. If you have two drivers who drive completely differently from one another it's like having two one-car teams.
"The real advantage for many multiple-car teams is where you've got drivers who can drive each other's setups and each of them can enhance the other guy's setup with his own insight so you really get a powerful combination when that happens," he said.
"There's pluses and minuses to it. You certainly hope when you do something like that you're on the plus side."