Rahal Said To Head Formula One Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Former three-time CART champion Bobby Rahal will be the new chief of the Jaguar Racing Formula One team, The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.
Quoting unidentified sources, the newspaper said the announcement will be made next week in Indianapolis, where the United States Grand Prix will be run for the first time on a new road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Rahal, 47, of suburban New Albany, owns Team Rahal and was named interim CEO of CART in June after the sudden resignation of Andrew Craig.
Rahal never planned to hold that job full-time and is expected to step down later this year.
Rahal had retired from driving at the end of the 1998 season.
The Jaguar job would necessitate him moving to the team’s headquarters in London, the newspaper said.
Rahal intends to maintain his ownership of Hilliard-based Team Rahal, which fields CART cars for drivers Max Papis and Kenny Brack.
The Jaguar team, which is owned by Ford Motor Co., was founded by former Formula One champion Jackie Stewart. Its cars are driven by Eddie Irvine and Johnny Herbert.
Team Rahal spokesman Scott Reisz did not return a message seeking comment.