GRAHAM RAHAL ADDS MORE HORSEPOWER IN GP2 TEST 23 June 2006-- Graham Rahal, son of famed Indycar racer, Bobby Rahal, will step into a GP2 racecar for the first time next week, testing with the DPR Direxiv race team on Tuesday 27 June at Paul...
GRAHAM RAHAL ADDS MORE HORSEPOWER IN GP2 TEST
23 June 2006-- Graham Rahal, son of famed Indycar racer, Bobby Rahal, will step into a GP2 racecar for the first time next week, testing with the DPR Direxiv race team on Tuesday 27 June at Paul Ricard circuit in France.
"My goal is to reach the pinnacle of motorsport and right now, that's a seat on the Formula One grid," says Graham. "GP2 is a recognised route to this top level, so when I was offered the chance to test in the car, I couldn't resist it. I'm sure it's going to be quite different than any of the race cars I've driven so far in my career, but it will give me a good experience of another step on the ladder to F1. I'm expecting the acceleration, the braking and the agility of the car to be the three areas that will set this car apart from others that I have driven. The A1 car is probably the closest in terms of horsepower, but I've heard from other drivers that they're not that similar to drive. Now I'll find out for myself."
The GP2 test will add another new car to the growing list of racing types that Graham has experienced so far this year. In January he drove a Porsche GT3 in the Daytona 24 hours race, tested in an F3000 car, and followed up with his debut in the A1 car, driving for three rounds of the A1 Grand Prix series, while slotting in a drive with Alex Job Racing Porsche RSR at the Sebring 12 hours race in between events. A week after finishing A1GP he was preparing for his summer season. He started his full-time Champ Car Atlantics championship drive with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing in April, taking the wheel of the new Mazda Cosworth Atlantic car and added the Indy Pro Series car to his tally last week, taking part in a test ahead of competing in the Liberty Challenge race, a support event for the US Grand Prix next weekend.
Bobby Rahal says of his son's upcoming GP2 test, "First of all, I would like to thank Dave Price for giving Graham this opportunity. It is a great privilege for him to be trying out this car at a relatively early stage in his career and he is very excited about this drive with DPR Direxiv. "Driving the GP2 car, as with all the others he's driven this year, is about building confidence and giving him new experiences which are all part of his motor racing education. Europe is a real option for him as his next training ground, so it is only natural for him to want to taste the GP2 car. At his age he can spend some time in Europe and build a career in single-seater racing if that's where he wants to go. He'll make his own decisions on this, and I'll be proud of him whatever direction he chooses in the future."
Graham Rahal is currently lying seventh in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship with two pole positions and one victory after four rounds of the Series. He is the youngest ever Atlantics winner and the youngest driver of an Indy Pro Series car.
Graham Rahal Career Biography 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship A1 Grand Prix 05/06 season Daytona 24 Hours race 12 Hours of Sebring race Indy Pro Series 'Liberty Challenge' race 2005 Star Mazda championship 2004 Formula BMW USA championship 2003 Stars of Karting series 2000 -- 2002 Karting championships