The Rahal Letterman Lanigan team has confirmed it will field at least two cars at every round of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series after it announced it had secured the services of James Jakes to partner Graham Rahal in an all-new line-up.
The addition of a second car for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan stable follows a similar announcement by Schmidt Peterson Motorsport, which also confirmed it would step up to field two cars full-time in 2013, signing Tristan Vautier alongside 2012 ‘Rookie of the Year’ Simon Pagenaud.
And with RLL having already confirmed it would field a car for Jakes’ compatriot, Mike Conway, at Long Beach, it means that three cars from that stable will drive on the famous Californian street circuit.
Jakes’ signing is an interesting choice, given that he has achieved comparatively little in his two years in the top-flight championship. In his second season with Dale Coyne Racing, he achieved two top-ten finishes, but still only managed a 22nd-placed result in the Drivers’ Championship standings, the same place in which he finished in his rookie season.
“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,” team co-owner Bobby Rahal said of Jakes’ signing.