CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca to honor Bobby Rahal

Racing legend Bobby Rahal to be honored with naming of Rahal Straight MONTEREY, Calif. (September 2, 2003) - Bobby Rahal has won more Champ Car races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as a driver and team owner than anyone else in the history of the...

Racing legend Bobby Rahal to be honored with naming of Rahal Straight

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 2, 2003) - Bobby Rahal has won more Champ Car races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as a driver and team owner than anyone else in the history of the storied race track and now his name will be linked to the facility in perpetuity.

In a dedication ceremony during the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships Friday, the challenging section of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the exit of Turn 6 up the hill and through the Turn 7 kink to the entrance of the Corkscrew will be named the "Rahal Straight," honoring one of the great friends of this historic venue.

"Laguna Seca has always had a special place in my heart," said Rahal, who won the Champ Car race here as a driver four consecutive years from 1984-1987. "To have a section of what is one of the crown jewels in American road racing bear my name is an honor beyond belief. I am truly humbled."

Rahal also has three more CART victories as a team owner, in 1998 and '99 with Bryan Herta at the wheel and 2001 with Max Papis driving. His first race here was in 1976 in Formula Atlantic and his first big event at the dry lake was the 1979 Can-Am, which he won.

"I've just always loved this circuit," Rahal said. "To win here four years in a row, I'm really proud of that. It's just one of those tracks I've had an affinity for. But, what's not to like about the Monterey Peninsula? Every win here was special. How fortunate I've been to win so much at a circuit I love."

Rahal is truly one of the all-time greats in Champ Car racing, matching Rick Mears as the only drivers to win three CART championships, turning the trick in 1986 and '87 and again in 1992 as an owner/driver. His name will be forever linked to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca along with legendary race car driver Mario Andretti (Turn 2 - Andretti Hairpin) and motorcycle racing legend Wayne Rainey (Turn 9 - Rainey Curve).

Ticket information for the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships, which includes American Le Mans Series action, Speed World Challenge, Star Mazda Series, Mazda Miata Cup and World Super Karts, September 5-7, is available by calling 1-800-327-SECA or logging on to laguna-seca.com or ticketmaster.com.

NOTE: Media interested in covering the Rahal Straight dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 5, at noon, should contact Ed Nicholls at (831) 277-9814.

-mrls-

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Series ALMS , IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Mario Andretti , Wayne Rainey