Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, which recently opened a new 100,000 square-foot headquarters a few miles north of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has again increased its talent pool with the hiring of former Honda Performance Development executive Steve Eriksen.
Eriksen was named chief operating officer, the latest significant management hiring since the 2022 season ended. RLL previously announced the addition of Stefano Sordo, a longtime Formula One engineer, as its technical director, joining established veterans Ricardo Nault (Vice President of INDYCAR Operations), team manager Derek Davidson and engineers Eddie Jones, Allen MacDonald, Ben Siegel and Michael Armbrester.
Eriksen said the expansion of the organization owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan is impressive.
“It struck me how many new people there are here,” he said. “If you look at the size of the team, it has grown significantly in a relatively short amount of time.”
RLL will field the same three drivers in 2023 – Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard – although Harvey and Lundgaard have switched car numbers. Harvey will drive No. 30, Lundgaard No. 45. Rahal remains in the No. 15.
Sordo spent the past six years with McLaren’s F1 team and worked at Red Bull prior to that.
Eriksen was the longtime vice president and COO of HPD’s INDYCAR SERIES program before spending the past two seasons leading Chip Ganassi Racing’s IMSA SportsCar Championship effort. He also will oversee RLL’s sports car program.
RLL makes its season on-track debut with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES open test Feb. 2-3 at The Thermal Club in Southern California. The first race of the year is the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding March 3-5.