COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, co-owned by Ohio native Bobby Rahal and the fielder of four teams in IndyCar and IMSA, announced Wednesday it will consolidate its Ohio- and Indiana-based operations into a new headquarters outside Indianapolis.
The new shop will move RLL’s IndyCar operations, based in the Indianapolis suburb of Brownsburg, and its IMSA operations, located at 4601 Lyman Drive in Hilliard, into a 100,000-square-foot, $20 million facility in Zionsville, Ind.
The 13-acre headquarters will have office and event space, plus research and development and manufacturing operations to support the different racing teams. RLL plans to break ground later this year and be fully operational in the facility by spring 2022.
“We feel that this building will make a statement about who we are at RLL and what our intentions are about the future,” Rahal said in a statement, adding that “it is certainly demanding having people in two places.”
Co-owner Mike Lanigan said that the move was five years in the making.
The move will create up to 73 new Indiana jobs by the end of 2024, RLL says, and the organization is eligible for $1.5 million in tax credits from the state.
“Indiana’s reputation as a leader in motorsports continues to pick up speed with companies like Rahal Letterman Lanigan choosing to invest in our state,” Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said in a statement.
RLL plans to keep its Hilliard race shop open for other projects after the new headquarters open, spokesperson Kathi Lauterbach told NBC4, but the racing teams will operate from Zionsville.
Lauterbach said the Hilliard shop has 31 full-time employees, four of which commute from Indiana. She also said it is too early to say how many employees will stay at the Hilliard location after the Zionsville facility opens.
RLL fields two full-time teams in IndyCar with drivers Takuma Sato, this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner, and Graham Rahal, Bobby’s son and a native of New Albany. The organization also fields two BMWs in the GT Le Mans class of IMSA, America’s top sports car racing series.
Another top Central Ohio racing team, Meyer Shank Racing, broke ground last month on a facility in Pataskala, which will replace its existing shop a couple of miles away in Etna Township.
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