News & Multimedia

Michel Jourdain Jr. Returns To Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing For Indy 500

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that Michel Jourdain Jr., who brought the team Indy car wins in Montreal and Milwaukee Champ Car World Series races in 2003, will return to the team for the 2012 Indianapolis 500. Jourdain’s No. 30 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry will be sponsored by Office Depot Mexico with associate sponsorship from Roshfrans, Grupo Indi and Grupo Multi.

“I am extremely happy about this new opportunity,” said Michel Jourdain, 35.  “My best years professionally came with Bobby Rahal.  I have been working out harder than ever to make sure I am as fit as possible. I know it is a huge challenge, to drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after so long and with this type of car, but I hope that I will feel at home in a few days.  For me, this is not only a professional project, it is also personal, and having Office Depot Mexico, their suppliers and Roshfrans supporting me like they did 10 years ago means a lot to me. This shows that we did a good job for them.”

Office Depot Mexico operates in seven countries including Mexico, Central America and Columbia. By the end of April the company will operate 250 locations and has annual sales of approximately $1 billion USD.

“We are very excited about having Michel (Jourdain) represent us in the most important race in the world,” said Arturo Hernández Martínez, Subdirector de Mercadotecnia, Office Depot® de México.

Jourdain, who is from Mexico City, returns to open-wheel competition for the first time since 2004. He became the youngest driver to start a Champ Car race to date when he drove at Long Beach in 1996 at the age of 19 years, six months and 12 days old. He made 152 starts in CART and Champ Car from 1996-2004 plus three Indy Racing League starts, including the 1996 Indy 500 where he qualified eighth and finished 13th and the 1996 race in Las Vegas where he finished second in a 28-car field.  He won races in Montreal and Milwaukee in 2003 with Team Rahal and moved to RuSPORT for 2004 when Team Rahal focused solely on the Indy Racing League that season.  With support from Ford Motor Company, he moved to NASCAR’s Nationwide Series from 2005-2008 and also competed in the Camping World Truck Series in 2006. Since then, he competed in various rally and sports car series. 

“I am pleased to have Michel back with the team,” said team co-owner Bobby Rahal.  “When we were last together we had a lot of success and I don’t see any reason why we can’t continue that.  It is also good to represent Office Depot again and their many associate sponsors that are making this happen.  We are really pleased for Michel and happy to be a part of this.”

“I have only competed in the Indy 500 once in 1996, but you can always see that this race is the best,” added Jourdain.  “Bobby and I spoke in Las Vegas, but also I came to the new shop in Indy the first days of January.   I saw in Bobby a big commitment to get back to the top in Indy car racing.  With the hiring of Tom Anderson and the very strong engineering group, I feel this is the best chance for me to come back strong. Everybody in the team knows that it will take some time for me to readapt to this type of cars and racing, but with the showings Takuma (Sato) had in the beginning of the season and the team’s history at the Indy 500, I know we can have a strong month of May.”

Jourdain will turn his first laps in the new Honda-powered DW12 on Thursday, May 10 during the Rookie Orientation Program.  Although he will be classified as a veteran, the team will be allowed to participate in a “refresher” course.  Opening Day for the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is Saturday, May 12. 

In three IZOD IndyCar Series races so far in 2012, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has led three times for a total of 27 laps with Takuma Sato with a best finish of eight place in Long Beach.  The team won the 1992 IndyCar championship as well as the 2004 Indianapolis 500 from pole.  RLL Indy cars have finished in the top 10 in more than half of its 590 career series starts.

About Office Depot Mexico…
Office Depot Mexico operates in seven countries including Mexico, Central America and Columbia. By the end of April the company will operate 250 locations and has annual sales of approximately $1 billion USD.

About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing…
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) is based in Hilliard, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. The team has been competing since 1992 and has earned a total of 20 open-wheel wins with drivers such as Bobby Rahal, Bryan Herta, Max Papis, Kenny Brack, Jimmy Vasser, Michel Jourdain Jr., Buddy Rice and Ryan Hunter-Reay. It is their first full season of Indy car competition since 2008.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Michel Jourdain Jr. Returns To Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing For Indy 500
 
Michel Jourdain Jr. Returns To Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing For Indy 500
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that Michel Jourdain Jr., who brought the team Indy car wins in Montreal and Milwaukee Champ Car World Series races in 2003, will return to the team for the 2012 Indianapolis 500. Jourdain’s No. 30 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry will be sponsored by Office Depot Mexico with associate sponsorship from Roshfrans, Grupo Indi and Grupo Multi.
Read More
Related Media
Alexander Rossi
 
Rossi Earns $2.54 Million for Winning 100th Indianapolis 500
Alexander Rossi earned $2,548,743 from an overall purse of $13,273,253 for his victory on Sunday in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Alexander Rossi
 
Rossi Coasts into History with Stunning Win at 100th Running
Questions started being asked before Alexander Rossi’s empty fuel tank had his car sputtering out of the final corner of the last lap in Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Read More
Alexander Rossi
 
Alexander Rossi Wins the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil
The rookie won the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with an improbable run to the finish on a rapidly vanishing fuel load, turning a final lap of 179.784 mph in the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.
Read More
Lady Gaga
 
Lady Gaga brings High-Voltage Star Power to 100th Running
Global music and celebrity icon Lady Gaga will bring her high-voltage star power to the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. To help kick off today’s historic edition of the largest single day sporting event on the planet, she will join Mario Andretti for a high-speed thrill ride known as the “Honda Fastest Seat in Sports.”
Read More
Borg-Warner Trophy
 
So Who is Going to Win the 100th Indy 500? Good Luck Picking Just One
Historical significance demanded everything possible be prepared to present the stage for an epic experience at Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,184
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
@MrsDef Give the ticket office a call and they can help answer this! 317-492-6700
about 8 hours ago