Graham Rahal - Driver Bio

ON TRACK

  • Six-time Indy car race winner who has won five times since 2015.

  • Second-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 retired drag racing star Courtney Force, daughter of legendary racer John Force.

  • Formed the Graham and Courtney Rahal Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children with medical conditions. Rahal formed the organization 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 opened Graham Rahal Performance, a custom tuning and performance parts company based in Indianapolis.

  • Is an avid golfer and has played and won with Rickie Fowler in Pro-Am tournaments.

  • Big fan of Ohio State University football and Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.


INDY CAR CAREER

2019
Finished 10th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES points for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, his fifth-straight season finishing in the top 10…Scored season best finish of third at Texas Motor Speedway…Recorded four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

2018
Finished eighth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing… Scored his best finish of second at the season-opening race at St. Petersburg after starting 24th…Posted three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.

2017
Finished sixth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with two wins…Swept the doubleheader event at Detroit, the first driver to sweep a doubleheader event since 2013, won one of the two poles and led the most laps in a dominating weekend…Finished on the podium three times and had six top-five finishes…Led a career-high 110 laps over five races.

2016
Finished fifth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a win at Texas Motor Speedway, which was the sixth 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 NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with wins at Auto Club Speedway and Mid-Ohio…Win at Auto Club snapped a 124-race string without a win…Win at Mid-Ohio came 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 NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with two top-five and four top-10 race finishes…Best finish of second place at Belle Isle-1, where he led 10 laps…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 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 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 NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing, with a best finish of second at Texas…Had four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

2011
Finished ninth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 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…Had starts of second, third and second in final three races of season.

2010
Recorded seven top-10 finishes in 12 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races with four different teams. Had high finish of fifth at Toronto…Best start of sixth at Chicagoland…Led one race (Iowa) for 11 laps.

2009
Finished seventh in NTT INDYCAR SERIES 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 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 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.


OTHER RACING EXPERIENCE


2019
Competed with Acura Team Penske for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at Road Atlanta.

2018
Competed with Acura Team Penske for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events at Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta.

2017
Competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the GT Daytona class with Michael Shank Racing.

2016
Competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the GT Le Mans class with BMW Team RLL.

2015
Co-driver for BMW Team RLL in Rolex 24 At Daytona, finishing fourth in GTLM class for a second straight year.

2014
Co-driver for BMW Team RLL in Rolex 24 At Daytona, finishing fourth in GTLM class.

2012
Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona in a prototype for Chip Ganassi Racing…Competed in V8 Supercars Surfers Paradise doubleheader with Kelly Racing.

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 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 the 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…Also raced 80cc and 100cc shifter classes in World Karting Association.
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