BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will field a car for Italian driver Luca Filippi in the IndyCar Series races at Houston and Toronto.
The car Filippi will drive will have associate sponsorship from IMPCO, a supplier of alternative fuel systems, and FightSMA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a treatment or cure for spinal muscular atrophy.
RLL announced a 12-race program for Filippi in 2012 that never came to fruition because sponsorship was not found. Filippi made four IndyCar starts in 2013 for Bryan Herta Autosport, and finished a career-best 10th at Houston.
"We tried to get Luca into the team a few years back and even went so far as to build a seat, but we were unable to find the funding," said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. "In the meantime he went to Bryan Herta's team and showed what he can do in the few races he ran for them."
RLL fields one full-time entry for Graham Rahal, who has had a rough start to the season. He did finish a season-best second at Detroit after finishing last in the Indianapolis 500. RLL had fielded a second car for Oriol Servia in four races this season. Servia was seventh at Long Beach and 11th in the Indianapolis 500.