RLL’s IndyCar team hires ex-Red Bull and McLaren F1 technical chief.


Sordo spent the last six seasons with McLaren Racing F1 as Chief and Director of Vehicle Performance and prior to that spent 10 seasons with Red Bull Racing as Team Principal of Aero Performance and then Head of Performance aero.

Prior to that, Sordo worked as a race engineer at RBR, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Jaguar Racing and Arrows.

RLL’s release today says Sordo will now « oversee a multi-level engineering structure at the team’s new headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana, which will focus on a variety of areas and lay the basis for the team to achieve its goals.

Sordo described IndyCar as « a very tough, very competitive series where I think every competitor can have a chance to win every time they enter a race, provided all the ingredients are in place. »

« The excitement of this new role for me is to challenge myself and see if, with the experience and methodology developed over many years in F1, I can help the team move forward. and become a consistent top team,” he said.

« That’s the challenge and the goal I set myself and I can’t wait to get started.

“I would like to thank Bobby and Mike for this opportunity and their confidence in my abilities and I hope I can return the favor with success on the track. »

Rahal commented: “I am so happy to have Stefano join the team as Technical Director. He is highly respected in the industry and his track record speaks for itself, having worked with organizations like McLaren and Red Bull in Formula 1, among others.

“I am confident that Stefano will bring us a perspective that will allow us to raise our level of play against the competition and work in harmony with our existing engineering team. »

Added Lanigan: “Stefano has shown the ability to lead large groups of engineers at the highest level of motorsport and we couldn’t be happier to have him on our team.

« His extensive experience, combined with his knowledge of the various areas of maximizing the performance of a racing car, will be a huge asset to us in the future. »

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