Zachary Claman De Melo
Zachary  Claman DeMelo
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Zachary Claman De Melo
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Apr 20, 1998
13 Honda Canada Sunoco Rookie
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Zachary Claman DeMelo began his campaign to reach the highest tiers of motorsports when he was discovered by a group of professional drivers at the local go-karting track when he was 8 years old.​ Aged 14, Zach became among the youngest ever Canadian National Karting Champions.

In the three years to follow, Zach claimed 2 more Canadian National Championships, won two of four races in the Skip Barber Winter Series and posted an undefeated record in Formula 3 MSV. Today, Zach competes with Carlin Motorsports in the Verizon Indycar Series' official driver development program, called Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. ​Zach won his first Indy Lights race in 2017, dominating the second race of the weekend at world-renowned Road America. Immediately following the completion of his second year in Indy Lights in 2017, Zach made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the season-ending race, for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Hobbies: Hockey, mixed martial arts, Xbox/Playstation, swimming, boating/jet skiing

Racing goal: Any sort of professional racing

Racing heroes: Ayrton Senna

My fitness routine includes: Working out every day, playing sports such as hockey and training in mixed martial arts

An interesting note about me: I lived in Italy.

Snapshot: In hockey, my favorite team is the Montreal Canadiens and my favorite player is Alexander Ovechkin. In mixed martial arts, my favorite fighter is George St-Pierre and my favorite game in Xbox is NHL.

2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2017 Indy Lights 16 1 0 7 14 16 15
2016 Indy Lights 18 0 0 3 9 0 14

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is owned by retired Indy car champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, racing aficionado David Letterman and businessman Mike Lanigan.

The team traces its origin to the formation of Rahal/Hogan Racing in 1992, when Rahal realized a lifelong dream by forming his own race team. A three-time CART champion (1986, 1987 and 1992) as a driver, Rahal became the first rookie owner-driver in series history to capture a championship when he led his team to four victories and the season title in the its inaugural season.

Rahal concluded his Hall of Fame driving career in 1998 with 24 victories and 18 pole positions. He started 265 races and produced 177 top-10 finishes and 119 top-five finishes. Rahal, who was inducted into the International and U.S. Motorsports Halls of Fame in 2004, also captured the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.

Letterman, an Indianapolis native who has become a television icon, was a regular visitor to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a child. The host of the “Late Show with David Letterman” had casual discussions with Rahal since they met in 1986 about his interest in getting involved in racing as a participant. In early 1996, the talk transformed into an agreement as Letterman became a minority-interest owner in Team Rahal.

The team won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with Buddy Rice behind the wheel.

In 2010, Lanigan joined the team. He's been involved in racing since 1992, when Mi-Jack (one of his companies) sponsored a young Belgian driver by the name of Eric Bachelart in CART. From 2001-06, Lanigan co-owned Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with Bachelart. He also was a partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.


Team Website
First Start
September 17, 2017 (Sonoma)
First Win

Verizon IndyCar Series

  • 2017
    • Made Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Sonoma Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Zachary's Road to Indy

  • 2017
    • Finished fifth in points in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship, with one win and seven top-5 finishes in 16 races.
    • Scored first win in Indy Lights at Road America
  • 2016
    • Finished ninth in his rookie Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign with three top-five finishes including a season-high fourth place at Road America
    • Posted posted fastest race laps at the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit and Road America
    • Finished 11th in the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in the Senior class and finished second in the SKUSA SuperNationals in X30 Senior
  • 2015
    • Won two of four races in the Skip Barber Winter Series, with one pole position
    • Competed in several Formula Renault 2.0 Alps, Eurocup and NEC races, all with Fortec Motorsports
    • Finished second in the Rotax Senior Canadian National Karting Championship
    • Contested the Senior Rotax Max Wintercup
    • Won eight of eight MSV F3 Cup Invitational class races, with four pole positions
  • 2014
    • Won the Senior Rotax Canadian and the Eastern Canadian Senior Karting Championship
    • Finished third in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain
    • Placed third in the MRP Motorsport Rotax Senior Florida Winter Tour
    • Won the Russell Karting Formula TaG Senior Florida Winter Tour
    • Finished eighth in the Rotax Senior Euro Challenge
  • 2013
    • Won the Senior Rotax Canadian and the Eastern Canadian Senior Karting Championship
    • Competed in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, held in New Orleans
    • Contested the KF2 South Garda Winter Cup and the WSK Super Master Series
  • 2012
    • Won the Eastern Canadian Junior Karting Championship
    • Competed in the Trofeo Andrea Margutti, the WSF Euro Series, the Rotax Junior Florida Winter Tour, the WSF Master Series, the WSK Final Cup, the Coupe de Quebec, the SKUSA SuperNationals (Junior) and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (Junior) in Portugal.
  • 2011
    • Won the Eastern Canadian Junior Karting Championship
    • Competed in the SKUSA SuperNationals (Junior) and the Rotax Max Junior Euro Challenge
  • 2010
    • Won the Rotax Canadian National and Eastern Canadian Mini Max Karting Championship
    • Finished second in the Coupe de Quebec (Mini Max)
    • Finished eighth in the SKUSA SuperNationals (TaG Junior)
    • Competed in the Rotax Mini Max Florida Winter Tour
  • 2009
    • Competed in the Rotax Canadian Karting Championship (Mini Max), the Coupe de Quebec, the Coupe de Montreal and the Rotax Florida Winter Tour (Micro Max)