Watkins Glen, NY (September 5, 2001) - An integral person in CART history will be visiting this weekend's Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend, September 7-9, in the form of CART team owner Bobby Rahal. Rahal will take on the role of racer,...
Watkins Glen, NY (September 5, 2001) - An integral person in CART history will be visiting this weekend's Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend, September 7-9, in the form of CART team owner Bobby Rahal. Rahal will take on the role of racer, having entered two Porsche's in the weekend's festivities, a 906 and a 908.
The Porsche 906, once driven by Ken Miles and Scooter Patrick, holds some sentimental value to Rahal. "My father raced a Porsche 906 back in 1969, 1970 and 1971, including at Watkins Glen in the Six Hour Endurance event," he explained. "I love these older cars from the Sixties and Seventies and in fact, my car has been painted to imitate the car my father drove."
Rahal's other entry is just one of 22 Porsche 908's built in 1969 and is a 3.0-liter prototype. Of the 22 cars that were built, only two were sold for private use, including Rahal's. The remaining 20 were kept for factory use. Rahal's 908 was raced sporadically at smaller endurance events throughout Europe.
Rahal currently owns two CART teams with David Letterman, driven by Kenny Brack and Max Papis. Rahal is a three-time CART series champion (1986, 1987 and 1992), who concluded his 17-year FedEx Championship Series driving career in 1998 with 24 career victories and 18 poles. He ranks third on CART's career list with 264 starts, which produced 177 top-10 finishes and 199 top-five efforts. A two-time Driver of the Year, he became the first rookie owner/driver to capture the series title in 1992 as a partner in Rahal/Hogan Racing. He founded Team Rahal following the 1995 season. He is on the Board of Directors of Road America, The Huntington National Bank, Central Ohio Children's Charities and The Bobby Rahal Foundation. Rahal also owns numerous automobile dealerships. He served as interim president and chief executive officer of Championship Auto Racing Teams from mid-June through November, following the resignation of Andrew Craig.
Relive the memories at one of the most significant vintage events held in the United States - the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 7-9. The Glen will be featuring the Shelby marque to commemorate and celebrate the infamous Carroll Shelby, with special guest Dan Gurney on hand throughout the weekend. Other activities at the track include classic cars on exhibit at the Antique Auto Show and beautiful artwork on display by renowned motorsports artists.
Tickets for the 2001 Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix are still available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com.