Graham Rahal
Graham  Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Graham Rahal
rank
06
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Jan 4, 1989
15 Honda USA Verizon P1 Award Road To Indy Graduate
Website grahamrahal.com
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Hometown
New Albany, OH
Residence
Indianapolis

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

"(In 2016), I think that I probably drove better than 2015. But hopefully the best is yet to come. It's hard when you look back. As a driver you always have to be critical of where can you improve, where were mistakes, what did you kind of let go, and where did you lose points. Last year there weren't that many cases of it."

ON TRACK

  • Four-time Indy car race winner who has won three times since 2015.
  • Youngest driver to win an Indy car race (St. Petersburg in 2008; 19 years, 93 days) and pole position (St. Petersburg 2009; 20 years, 91 days).
  • Second-youngest driver to compete in an Indy car race when he made his debut in 2007 at age 18.
  • Drives for team co-owned by his father, 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, late-night talk show icon David Letterman and businessman Mike Lanigan.

OFF TRACK

  • Married to drag racing star Courtney Force, daughter of legendary racer John Force.
  • Formed the Graham Rahal Foundation in 2009 after being inspired by the philanthropic effort of the late Paul Newman, whose team he drove for from 2007-2010.
  • Loves high-end and exotic cars and owns a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
  • Big fan of Ohio State University sports.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 12 2 1 4 8 98 11
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 1 0 8 8 14 15
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 0 8 10 76 14
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 0 2 4 28 13
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 0 0 2 5 6 16
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 4 7 28 13
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 3 6 29 15
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 12 0 0 1 7 11 11
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 2 5 9 11 13
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 1 0 1 4 19 9
2008 Champ Car 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 Champ Car 14 0 0 5 11 18 12
Total 172 6 3 43 79 338 143
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2006 Indy Lights 1 0 1 1 1 21 1

** 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 rahal.com
First Start
April 8, 2007 (Las Vegas (Street))
First Win
April 6, 2008 (St. Petersburg)
First Pole
April 5, 2009 (St. Petersburg)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Finished fifth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a win at Texas Motor Speedway, which was the fifth closest finish in Indy car history.
    • Finished on the podium four times.
    • Led 14 laps over six races.
  • 2015
    • Finished a career-best fourth in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with wins at Auto Club Speedway and Mid-Ohio.
    • Scored win at Auto Club Speedway, snapping a 124-race string without a win.
    • Claimed emphatic win at Mid-Ohio, 30 years after his father won an Indy car race at same track
    • Finished on the podium six times.
    • Led 76 laps over six races.
  • 2014
    • Finished 19th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with two top-five and four top-10 race finishes.
    • Recorded best finish of second place at Belle Isle-1, where he led 10 laps.
    • Had best start of season was fourth at Houston-2.
    • Led 18 laps at Sonoma but had to pit for fuel with four laps to go.
  • 2013
    • Finished 18th in point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
    • Posted two top-five finishes, with a best of second at Long Beach, and five top-10 finishes.
  • 2012
    • Finished 10th in point standings for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing, with a best finish of second at Texas.
    • Recorded four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
  • 2011
    • Finished ninth in the championship in his first season with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing.
    • Recorded six top-10 finishes, with a best of second at Sao Paulo.
    • Led six laps at Indianapolis and finished third.
    • Started second, third and second in final three races of season.
  • 2010
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes in 12 races with four different teams, with a high finish of fifth at Toronto.
    • Started a best sixth at Chicagoland.
    • Led one race (Iowa) for 11 laps.
  • 2009
    • Finished seventh in points for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.
    • Earned first career pole at St. Petersburg and followed it up two races later with first oval-track pole at Kansas.
    • Earned five top-five finishes, including podiums at Richmond and Motegi.
  • 2008
    • Won season-opening race at St. Petersburg, becoming the youngest Indy car race winner at 19 years, 93 days.
    • Finished 17th in point standings for Newman/Haas/ Lanigan Racing.
    • Recorded three other top-10 finishes.
  • 2007
    • Became second-youngest driver to start an Indy car race at 18 years, 3 months, 4 days (Las Vegas street circuit).
    • Finished fifth in Champ Car World Series for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing with a best finish of second at Houston.

Graham's Road To Indy

  • 2015
    • Co-drove for BMW Team RLL in Rolex 24 At Daytona, finishing fourth in GTLM class for second straight year.
  • 2014
    • Co-drove for BMW Team RLL in Rolex 24 At Daytona, finishing fourth in GTLM class.
  • 2011
    • Co-drove TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates car to victory in Rolex 24 At Daytona, along with Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Joey Hand. It came 30 years after his father, Bobby, won the race.
  • 2007
    • Raced for Rahal Letterman Racing in the 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing sixth in GT2 class.
    • Competed for Southard Motorsports in the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona in Daytona Prototypes.
  • 2006
    • Made Indy Lights debut with Kenn Hardley Racing at Liberty Challenge at Indianapolis road course, winning pole and finishing second.
    • Finished second in Champ Car Atlantic point standings for Conquest Racing with five victories (Monterrey, Cleveland-1, Cleveland-2, Denver and Montreal).
    • Led series in poles, laps led, fastest and race laps.
    • Competed in final three rounds of A1 Grand Prix with A1 Team Lebanon.
    • Finished sixth in GT class for Tafel Racing at Rolex 24 At Daytona.
    • Finished sixth in the GT2 class in Alex Job Racing Porsche at 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2005
    • Finished fourth in Star Mazda for Andersen Walko Racing with a win at Portland, becoming youngest driver to win a Star Mazda race.
    • Became youngest SCCA national champion when he won Formula Atlantic national championship.
  • 2004
    • Finished seventh in Formula BMW with best finish of third at Denver-1.
    • Recorded four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
  • Early Career
    • Competed in Stars of Karting events, finishing fourth in the ICC national points in the Stars of Karting series.
    • Captured first national championship race with ICC main event win at Road America in June 2003.
    • Raced 80cc and 100cc shifter classes in World Karting Association.