GRAHAM RAHAL JOINS A1 TEAM LEBANON FOR A1 GRAND PRIX SERIES Son of Indycar legend, Bobby Rahal, set for debut in Monterrey, Mexico Graham Rahal, son of Indycar legend, Bobby Rahal, joins A1 Team Lebanon this weekend at the A1 Grand Prix of ...
GRAHAM RAHAL JOINS A1 TEAM LEBANON FOR A1 GRAND PRIX SERIES
Son of Indycar legend, Bobby Rahal, set for debut in Monterrey, Mexico
Graham Rahal, son of Indycar legend, Bobby Rahal, joins A1 Team Lebanon this weekend at the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Monterrey, Mexico. Rahal recently tested for the team at Misano, Italy and strengthens the current line up of regular drivers, Khalil Beschir and Basil Shaaban. Graham was born into a motor racing family and has grown up in the United States of America surrounded by cars of all types, from go-karts to Indycars, CanAm sportscars to Formula One.
Tameem Auchi, Seat Holder for A1 Team Lebanon, explains, "We're delighted to welcome Graham to A1 Team Lebanon. He is from such an illustrious motor racing family, we're very proud that he has agreed to join with us in the A1 Grand Prix series. Our team is one of the least experienced in the Series and we are always reviewing our driver options in order to compete at the highest level, and recruiting Graham to the team enables us to accelerate our learning curve, while also expanding our fan base to the Arab American community. Although only 17 years old, he brings very useful racing experience from which we can benefit. Our aim remains to do the best we can for Lebanon and the Arab world."
"This is an exciting opportunity for me," says Rahal, whose family originally came from Aitaneet in Lebanon. "I've always recognised my Lebanese roots, so to compete for the country of my ancestry is very special. I hope that I can work with Khalil and Basil to share our racing knowledge and bring pride to Lebanon with our results on track. I've grasped the chance to compete in this new Series which is attracting so much attention worldwide. It will give me valuable international exposure outside the USA."
Graham's father adds, "I'm very proud of our Lebanese heritage and this unique opportunity for my son to represent not just Lebanon and the Arab world, but the Lebanese community in the United States. The racing will give Graham a new challenge and the first chance for him to compete on a truly international platform. I look forward to being at Monterrey, Mexico for the A1 Grand Prix and watching Graham in the A1 Team Lebanon car."
Rahal first sat in a kart at the age of nine and was racing competitively by the age of eleven, winning nine of 16 races in the Ohio Valley Karting Association regional races that year and named Rookie of the Year in the 100cc class in the region. In the following four years he competed at national level in karting, before moving up to the Formula BMW single seater championship in 2004.
Winning a driving scholarship for the series, Rahal received an exemption to run in the 2004 season at the age of 15. He finished third in the Formula BMW USA Rookie of the Year battle, and seventh overall in the championship, as he posted four top-five results and 11 top ten finishes in the 14 race schedule, despite being the youngest driver in the series.
In 2005 Graham finished fourth in the Star Mazda Championship, winning one race and finishing in the top three in six of the 12 events. Aside from being the youngest winner ever in the series, Rahal also won the SCCA Formula Atlantic National Championship, emulating his father who won the title 30 years earlier.
For 2006 Rahal kicked off a busy year of racing competing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race. He now turns his attentions to international competition with A1 Team Lebanon at the final three rounds of the A1 Grand Prix series, following this with a full season of running with Conquest Racing in the Champ Car Formula Atlantic Championship.