Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Graham Rahal Born In Columbus, Ohio - January 4, 1989

January 4, 1989
Graham Rahal
(Photo: Houston Chronicle)
Born in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
He currently participates in the IndyCar Series with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, a team part-owned by his father Bobby Rahal, the winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500.

Before moving to Indy Car in 2008, Rahal won the Formula Atlantic class at the SCCA Runoffs and finished fourth in Star Mazda Series standings in 2005. 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. On April 22, 2007, 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.

In 2011, 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 won the race, partnering with Brian Redman and Bob Garretson.

He is married to NHRA drag racer Courtney Force, daughter of 16-time NHRA drag racing champion and legend John Force.
(Photo; indycar.com)

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