RLL IndyCar team hires former RBR and McLaren F1 technical chief

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s IndyCar team has announced Stefano Sordo, currently the McLaren F1 team’s director of vehicle performance, as its new technical director.

Sordo, who has more than 20 years of engineering experience in Formula 1, will join the team co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan on October 1.

Sordo spent the last six seasons with McLaren Racing F1 as Head and Director of Vehicle Performance and, before that, spent 10 seasons with Red Bull Racing as Team Leader of Aerodynamic Performance and then Head of Aerodynamic Performance. Prior to that, Sordo enjoyed stints as a race engineer at RBR, at what was then called Scuderia Toro Rosso, at Jaguar Racing and at Arrows.

Today’s RLL statement states that Sordo will now “oversee a multi-tiered engineering structure at the team’s new headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana that will have emphasis in a variety of areas and lay the groundwork for the team to achieve its goals.” .

Sordo described IndyCar as “a very challenging and very competitive series where I think every competitor can have a chance to win every time they enter a race, as long as they get all the right ingredients.”

“The excitement of this new role for me is to challenge myself and see if with the experience and methodology developed over many years in F1 I can help the team move forward to become a consistent leading team. This is the clear and objective challenge that I set for myself and I am looking forward to starting.

“I would like to thank Bobby and Mike for this opportunity and their confidence in my abilities and I hope I can reward them with success on the track.”

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Rahal commented: “I am very pleased that Stefano is joining the team as Technical Director. He is highly respected in the industry and his track record speaks for itself, having worked with organizations such as McLaren and Red Bull in Formula 1 amongst others. “.

“I’m confident that Stefano will provide us with a perspective that will up our game against our competition and work well with our existing engineering staff.”

Lanigan added: “Stefano has shown that he is capable of leading large groups of engineers at the highest level of motorsport and we couldn’t be happier to have him join our team.

“His depth of experience, combined with his knowledge of the various areas of maximizing a race car’s performance, will be a great asset to us in the future.”

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