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New chassis, new president and arty brakes

Phillips joins RLL

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) has announced that Strakka Racing’s former (Le Mans class winning) team principal Piers Phillips has joined the team as president. Phillips will report directly to team ownership and oversee operations for the team’s involvement in the IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series.

This move comes after Phillips spent the past three seasons at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as general manager.

“Mike, Dave and I are pleased that Piers is joining the team as its first ever president,” said Bobby Rahal, team co-owner with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan. “His past successes speak volumes of his ability in all facets of racing and I look forward to working closely with Piers to take the team to the next level.”

“I was incredibly honored to be approached by Bobby about this opportunity given his experience, success and stature,” added Piers Phillips.

“From the moment I sat down with him to discuss this role, I just fell in love with his passion, drive, and enthusiasm to continue the already impressive accomplishments that RLL has achieved as well as his desire to take the team even further in the future. He is an infectious character that I think I will thoroughly enjoy working with.

“I also spent some time with Mike Lanigan in Chicago and was equally impressed with his attitude and approach. To be involved at this level with not only the Indy car program, but also the sports car program and eTROPHY was a very easy decision for me and one that I know I will thoroughly enjoy.”

Juncos recieves its Caddy

IndyCar team Juncos Racing, which is set to compete in the DPi ranks of the IMSA WeatherTech championship next year has taken delivery of its Cadillac DPi V.R chassis.

MSR Unveil 2019 Heinricher Racing LLC GTD Acura Livery

Michael Shank Racing have revealed the Caterpillar-backed livery for the 2019 Acura NSX GT3 GTD class effort in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship set to be campaignd by an all-female driver line-up.

Jackie Heinricher is set to be joined for the full IMSA season by Katherine Legge with Simona De Silvestro added for Daytona and Bia Figueiredo (Ana Beatriz) of Brazil contesting the four Endurance rounds.

Brembo recreate’s Flying Lizards’ 2011 art car

In a nod to history, Brembo has painted one of its B-M6 brake calipers in the same colours as the #80 Flying Lizard Troy Lee art car which took part in the 2011 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours (featured), as part of its presence at the SEMA Show.

Atherton visits Atalanta

Wacth IMSA President Scott Atherton tours the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta

Piers Phillips photo courtesy of RLL