One of the most refreshing sights of the 2020 IndyCar Series season – barring the star performances of this year’s impressive rookie crop – has been that of Rahal Letterman Lanigan fulfilling its inherent promise. The team co-owned by three-time IndyCar champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan has been a puzzling entity in recent years, generating more questions than answers.
For example, how come a squad that’s been full of talented engineers for several seasons and runs two fast and proven race winners isn’t a more consistent threat to IndyCar’s so-called Big Three? Why was the team a bigger championship threat when it ran just one car for Graham Rahal in 2015 than when it expanded to two entries? And how come Rahal Jr has been a more dependable performer over the last two seasons than his team-mate Takuma Sato, yet the latter