GRAHAM RAHAL TO DRIVE THE NO. 2 MEDI | ZONE RACE CAR FOR NEWMAN/HAAS/ LANIGAN RACING IN THE 2007 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (March 29, 2007) -- Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) announced today that 18-year-old...
GRAHAM RAHAL TO DRIVE THE NO. 2 MEDI | ZONE RACE CAR FOR NEWMAN/HAAS/ LANIGAN RACING IN THE 2007 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (March 29, 2007) -- Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) announced today that 18-year-old American Graham Rahal will join the team for the 2007 Champ Car World Series season. MEDI | ZONE will be the primary sponsor of the No. 2 race car.
"It's an honor and dream to drive for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing," said Graham Rahal, 18, who finished second in the Champ Car Atlantic championship last season and is in the midst of his senior year of high school in New Albany, Ohio. "My dad always told me it was his dream to drive a car for Mr. Newman and Mr. Haas and now I've got a leg up on him. I'm looking forward to working with our new sponsor MEDI | ZONE and to spread the word on wellness and living a healthy lifestyle."
MEDI | ZONE is a leader of medically supervised weight loss, weight maintenance, wellness and performance programs, products, andservicesas well as the exclusive provider of the leading cutting edge health, wellness and performance systems byDr. Barry Sears, the best selling author of the Zone Diet series. MEDI | ZONE delivers comprehensive knowledge and experience in the fields of health, human performance and endurance.It is the first racing sponsorship for the companyand will alsobe the official "Official Health and Wellness Program"forthe Champ Car World Series. MEDI | ZONE owns and operates medically supervised weight loss, weight maintenance, wellness, and performance centers.
"It is all about performance and winning and always giving your best and we believe Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing exemplifies that," said Alex Hern, Chief Executive Officer of MEDI | ZONE. "We are committed to harnessing and applyingall of our capabilities and knowledge about human performance, longevity and wellness as the official health/wellness sponsor and trainer of the Champ Car series. We are delighted to sponsorNewman/Haas/Lanigan Racing which is dedicated to excellence andthe Zone Wellness lifestyle."
Rahal finished second in the Champ Car Atlantic championship in 2006 after a title hunt that concluded in the season finale. He earned a series-high five wins, four poles and six podium finishes in the 12 events and at 17 years old was the youngest race winner in series history. During 2006 he also participated in other series including the A1 GP, IndyPro Series and 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races. In the fall and winter of 2006 Rahal tested an NHR Lola in Sebring and Homestead, Fla. as well as Houston prior to running the all-new Panoz DP01 in Sebring, Houston and Monterey, Calif.
"Paul, Mike and I are excited about not only bringing Graham into Champ Car but also MEDI | ZONE," said Carl Haas of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. "Although Graham is very young, he has a lot of racing experience in many different areas of motorsports and has a long and successful career ahead of him."
Rahal will be the third rookie to drive for the team. In 1993, reigning Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell moved to Champ Car (then CART) and earned Rookie of the Year honors for the team. Sebastien Bourdais came to NHR as the reigning F3000 champion and also earned Rookie of the Year in 2003. The Champ Car World Series season opens April 6-8 with the Vegas Grand Prix.