Luca Filippi has signed to drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

GP2 Series runner-up Luca Filippi has confirmed his widely speculated move to the IndyCar Series, signing with Rahal Letterman Lanigan overnight.

The 26-year-old will partner Takuma Sato; however, he will not make his debut until the Indianapolis 500 due to the team not having enough Honda engines in stock to power his car following the donation of their spare engine to Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing last week. All of this occurred prior to Filippi securing his contract with the team.

Filippi has competed in Formula 1’s feeder series for several seasons before a mid-season team change last season saw his results improve dramatically to eventually finish the season runner-up to Romain Grosjean, who graduated to the top category with a seat at the Lotus F1 team.

His new IndyCar boss Bobby Rahal said he was impressed with his new rookie driver, having keenly observed his progress in GP2 for the past few years.

“Having followed GP2 the last several years, I have watched Luca’s progress with interest. Despite not always having the best equipment, it was clear he had the ability to not only run competitively but to also win races,” Rahal said.

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