Graham Rahal

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Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 7.JPG
Rahal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2010.
Nationality United States American with Lebanese ancestry
Born (1989-01-04) January 4, 1989 (age 25)
Columbus, Ohio
2014 IZOD IndyCar Series
Debut season 2007
Current team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Car no. 15
Former teams Newman/Haas Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
Sarah Fisher Racing
Starts 93
Wins 1
Poles 2
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 7th in 2009
Previous series
2007
2006
2005
Champ Car World Series
Champ Car Atlantic
Star Mazda Championship
Awards
2011 24 Hours of Daytona winner

Graham Rahal (born January 4, 1989 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American race car driver. He currently participates in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He is the son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal for whom he also drives.

Racing career[edit]

Early racing[edit]

In 2005, he won the Formula Atlantic class at the SCCA Runoffs and finished fourth in Star Mazda Series standings. He drove in the last two rounds of the 2005–2006 A1 Grand Prix season for A1 Team Lebanon as he is of Lebanese descent. He moved to a full-time ride in the Champ Car Atlantic Series in 2006, where he won five races and finished second in the season standings. He also drove in the Indy Pro Series event on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in conjunction with the United States Grand Prix and finished second. SpeedTV reported in August 2006 that Graham would drive for Newman/Haas Racing in the Champ Car World Series in 2007.[1]

2007[edit]

On January 27 Rahal drove in the 24 Hours of Daytona. One of four drivers of the Southard Motorsports Lexus Riley, the car ran into early troubles and finished 62nd out of 70 entries. On March 18, he drove in the 12 Hours of Sebring American LeMans Series race for his father's Rahal Letterman Racing team. He drove a Porsche 911 GT3-RSR with two other drivers, finishing 6th in the GT2 class and 15th overall.

Rahal posing with a show car when he raced in Champ Car in 2007

On March 27 news reports from the previous summer were finally confirmed when he was announced as the second driver for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in the Champ Car World Series[2] and drove the #2 Panoz DP01 sponsored by MEDI|ZONE alongside his teammate, three-time series champion Sébastien Bourdais.

On April 8 in his debut in the Champ Car World Series at the Vegas Grand Prix, Rahal hit the wall on the front stretch on the first lap. He was knocked out of the race. On April 15 at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach he finished his first Champ Car race, ending up 8th.

On April 22, in just his 3rd Champ Car race, he became the youngest ever podium finisher in Champ Car history after finishing 2nd in Houston. Rahal completed his rookie season in 5th place in series points with four podium finishes but without a race win.

2008[edit]

With the creation of a single American open wheel racing series for 2008, Rahal and the Newman/Haas/Lanigan team became part of the IndyCar Series, including Rahal's first Indianapolis 500.

He missed the GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 due to a crash in testing after which his team could not get his car repaired in time for the race. He made his series debut at the second race of the season, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and despite an early spin in the race, Rahal won the race by 3.5192 seconds from two-time defending winner of the race, Hélio Castroneves. He is currently the youngest person to win a major American open wheel race[3] and the fourth to win in his first appearance in the IndyCar Series. The best finish Rahal would manage the rest of the year was a pair of 8th places at Watkins Glen and Infineon and he finished 17th in points, 4th among series rookies.

2009[edit]

Rahal returned to Newman/Haas/Lanigan for the 2009 IndyCar Series season, taking over the #02 car with McDonald's as his sponsor. He began the season by taking pole position at St. Petersburg, his first in his IndyCar career, thus becoming the youngest ever polesitter in IndyCar Series at 20 years and 90 days old. This was the first time a Rahal had won an IndyCar pole since his father started first at Toronto in 1992, which was Bobby's third in a row that season.[4] He finished seventh after damaging the car in a first lap clash. His season was also undermined by bad relations with his team-mate Robert Doornbos – when the Dutchman left midseason, Rahal commented "We could certainly have a second driver who is more of a team player."[5] He finished the season 7th in points with two podium finishes.

Rahal was linked with USF1, the American-based Formula One team set to debut in the 2010 World Championship. The team's sporting director, Peter Windsor, has mentioned Rahal as a potential candidate for a seat with the Charlotte-based outfit.[6] However, Windsor later decided against hiring either Rahal or Marco Andretti due to fears they may not be able to get their F1 Superlicenses in time for the 2010 season. Eventually, the team failed to answer the bell for the 2010 Formula One season.

2010[edit]

Graham Rahal did not return to Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season, due to McDonald's discontinuing their sponsorship to focus on the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

On March 10, 2010, Sarah Fisher Racing announced Rahal would pilot Fisher's #67 Dollar General car in the first two North American events of 2010, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Sarah Fisher was originally planning on driving the races herself (in addition to seven ovals) before deciding that putting Rahal in the car could be a benefit to everyone, including her sponsor Dollar General, whose home office is in Goodlettsville, Tennessee (near the Alabama track).[7] On April 6, 2010, Sarah Fisher Racing announced they will be adding the Grand Prix of Long Beach to Rahal's schedule. Rahal's placing in those three races were ninth, 17th, and 22nd (retired) respectively.

After the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Rahal was signed to drive for his father's team, Rahal Letterman Racing, in the 2010 Indianapolis 500. Graham qualified in the seventh position for the race, and finished 12th.

On June 10, 2010, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced the signing of Rahal for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway, filling in for the injured Mike Conway in the #24 entry. It was his only start for the team.

Rahal returned to Newman/Haas Racing for 6 of the remaining 8 races of the 2010 season, starting with Toronto and returned to Sarah Fisher Racing for the Kentucky Speedway race. Rahal's 2010 totals include 12 starts for four different teams and a 20th place finish in points.

On October 10, 2010, Rahal finished runner-up at the RoboPong 200 all-star kart event at the New Castle Motorsports Park with teammate Conor Daly.[8]

2011[edit]

Rahal has signed to drive the #38 car for Chip Ganassi Racing with Service Central sponsorship beginning in 2011 as the team will expand from two to four cars.[9]

Rahal, co-drove the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates car to victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona along with Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, and Joey Hand. It came 30 years after his father, Bobby, along with Brian Remond and Bob Garretson won the race.

Personal life[edit]

Rahal attended New Albany school systems in Ohio and graduated in June 2007 with plans to attend Denison University. Rahal started the Graham Rahal Foundation in 2009 to support Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer and The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps (known as SeriousFun Children's Network as of April 2012).[10]

He is dating NHRA drag racer Courtney Force, daughter of 16-time NHRA drag racing champion and legend John Force.

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Position
2004 Formula BMW USA Vitesse Farm Racing 14 0 0 63 7th
2005 Star Mazda Series Bobby Rahal Automotive Group 12 0 1 370 4th
2005–06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Lebanon 6 0 0 6 23rd
2006 Champ Car Atlantic Conquest Racing 12 0 5 242 2nd
Indy Pro Series Kenn Hardley Racing 1 1 0 43 28th
American Le Mans Series Alex Job Racing 1 0 0 12 26th
Rolex 24 At Daytona Tafel Racing 1 1 0 N/A 16th
2007 Champ Car World Series Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 14 0 0 243 5th
Rolex 24 At Daytona Southard Motorsports 1 0 0 N/A 28th
American Le Mans Series Rahal Letterman Racing 2 0 0 31 22nd
2008 IndyCar Series Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 19 0 1 288 17th
Rolex 24 At Daytona Michael Shank Racing 1 0 0 N/A 6th
2009 IndyCar Series Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 17 2 0 385 8th
2010 IndyCar Series Sarah Fisher Racing 4 0 0 235 20th
Rahal Letterman Racing 1 0 0
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1 0 0
Newman/Haas Racing 6 0 0
2011 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing 18 0 0 320 9th
Rolex 24 At Daytona Chip Ganassi Racing 1 0 1 N/A 1st
2012 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing 15 0 0 333 10th
Rolex 24 At Daytona Chip Ganassi Racing 1 0 0 N/A 6th
International V8 Supercars Championship Kelly Racing 2 0 0 N/A NC
2013 IndyCar Series Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19 0 0 319 18th
2014 IndyCar Series Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 18 0 0 345 19th

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Lebanon GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR
GER
FEA
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
UAE
SPR
UAE
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
MEX
SPR

13
MEX
FEA

14
USA
SPR

Ret
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

18
CHN
FEA

11
23rd 0
2006–07 NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR

12
CZE
FEA

12
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

23rd 0

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Champ Car Atlantic[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing LBH
5
HOU
15
MTY
1
POR
Ret
CLE1
1
CLE2
1
TOR
Ret
EDM
2
SJO
12
DEN
1
MTL
1
ROA
Ret
2nd 242

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 Kenn Hardley Racing HMS STP1 STP2 INDY WGL IMS
2
NSH MIL KTY SNM1 SNM2 CHI 28th 43

Champ Car[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2007 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE LVG
Ret
LBH
8
HOU
2
POR
9
CLE
8
MTT
7
TOR
Ret
EDM
3
SJO
6
ROA
3
ZOL
3
ASN
9
SRF
11
MXC
4
5th 243

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Dallara Honda HMS
Wth
STP
1
MOT1
KAN
12
INDY
33
MIL
25
TXS
11
IOW
10
RIR
18
WGL
8
NSH
12
MDO
16
EDM
26
KTY
25
SNM
8
DET
13
CHI
19
SRF2
9
17th 288
Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE LBH1
13
2009 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Dallara Honda STP
7
LBH
12
KAN
7
INDY
31
MIL
4
TXS
22
IOW
11
RIR
3
WGL
13
TOR
20
EDM
7
KTY
5
MDO
8
SNM
21
CHI
5
MOT
3
HMS
11
7th 385
2010 Sarah Fisher Racing Dallara Honda SAO
STP
9
ALA
17
LBH
22
KAN
KTY
20
20th 235
Rahal Letterman Racing INDY
12
TXS
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing IOW
9
WGL
Newman/Haas Racing TOR
5
EDM
MDO
20
SNM
9
CHI
10
MOT
8
HMS
10
2011 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda STP
17
ALA
18
LBH
13
SAO
2
INDY
3
TXS
9
TXS
30
MIL
2
IOW
15
TOR
13
EDM
25
MDO
24
NHM
26
SNM
8
BAL
10
MOT
12
KTY
12
LVS3
C
9th 320
2012 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
12
ALA
4
LBH
24
SAO
16
INDY
13
DET
19
TXS
2
MIL
9
IOW
9
TOR
23
EDM
4
MDO
11
SNM
5
BAL
11
FON
6
10th 333
2013 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
13
ALA
21
LBH
2
SAO
22
INDY
25
DET
9
DET
9
TXS
21
MIL
16
IOW
5
POC
18
TOR
20
TOR
13
MDO
18
SNM
11
BAL
17
HOU
7
HOU
18
FON
15
18th 319
2014 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
14
LBH
13
ALA
17
IMS
21
INDY
33
DET
2
DET
21
TXS
12
HOU
11
HOU
16
POC
19
IOW
7
TOR
6
TOR
20
MDO
5
MIL
14
SNM
20
FON
18
19th 345
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
3 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
5 6 78 2 1 7 22 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2008 Dallara Honda 13 33 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
2009 Dallara Honda 4 31 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
2010 Dallara Honda 7 12 Rahal Letterman Racing
2011 Dallara Honda 30 3 Chip Ganassi Racing
2012 Dallara Honda 12 13 Chip Ganassi Racing
2013 Dallara Honda 26 25 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
2014 Dallara Honda 20 33 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Touring Car racing[edit]

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2012 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

8
SUR
R23

11
YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC 0 †

† Not Eligible for points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Robin, Graham Rahal Set for Newman/Haas Ride in '07, SpeedTV.com, August 13, 2006
  2. ^ GRAHAM RAHAL TO DRIVE THE NO. 2 MEDI | ZONE RACE CAR FOR NEWMAN/HAAS/ LANIGAN RACING IN THE 2007 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP, CCWS press release, March 29, 2007
  3. ^ Cavin, Curt. Rahal's victory sets open-wheel record, Indianapolis Star, April 6, 2008
  4. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/drivers/RahalBobby.htm
  5. ^ Doornbos quits, Philippe rejoins, Crash.net, 5 August 2009, Retrieved 2010-03-11
  6. ^ Autosport.com. USF1 open-minded on engine partner, Autosport.com, February 24th, 200
  7. ^ Ryan, Nate. Graham Rahal to drive two IndyCar races for Sarah Fisher, USA Today, May 10, 2010, Retrieved 2010-3-11
  8. ^ IndyCar: Jay Howard, Bill McLaughlin Jr. win all-star kart race, AutoWeek, October 11, 2010, Retrieved 2011-01-31
  9. ^ Spencer, Lee. Chip Ganassi Racing expanding, FOX Sports, December 16, 2010, Retrieved 2011-01-31
  10. ^ http://www.grahamrahal.com/foundation/

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