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More good news for the IZOD IndyCar Series took place on Tuesday as James Jakes and Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing announced they’d partner up for the 2013 season.
Jakes brings two years of experience and his sponsor Acorn Stairlifts with him to RLL.
He drove for Dale Coyne Racing the past two seasons with a career-best finish of eighth last season in Toronto. He will pilot the No. 30 Honda and join teammate Graham Rahal with the team. RLL also announced a few weeks ago they will field a car for Mike Conway at Long Beach in April so that will be a third entry for the team this season.
“I am really pleased that James is joining our team,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “I have seen him run competitively on numerous occasions and have felt all along that given the environment we can create for him he can achieve the success he has sought in IndyCar racing. He and Graham get along and communicate well and I think that is important for the team. We’re pleased to have him and we think it will be a good combination.”
“For us to be a two-car team is a natural progression,” Bobby Rahal added. “A year ago we restarted the team to really build toward this time. We positioned ourselves in Indianapolis to take advantage of everything the open-wheel industry can provide us with and obviously, as was proven last year, a one-car team can be competitive.
“But there is no doubt in my mind that a two-car team is a much more efficient and productive way to go racing. There is twice as much information, twice as much everything, and that helps you progress that much quicker. James is obviously an aggressive, competitive driver and I think that having both he and Graham on board raises the performance of the team as a whole.”
Jakes signing brings the car count to 22 this season while E.J. Viso to Andretti Autosport seemes imminent as does Justin Wilson to Coyne. That leaves just one spot with Coyne and the third Penske car left to be filled.
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