CHAMPCAR/CART: Rahal's 250th Start at Nazareth

(April 22, 1998) -- When Bobby Rahal (Miller Lite Reynard Ford) takes the green flag for this weekend's Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, it will mark the 250th Champ Car start of a career which began in 1982. All but...

(April 22, 1998) -- When Bobby Rahal (Miller Lite Reynard Ford) takes the green flag for this weekend's Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, it will mark the 250th Champ Car start of a career which began in 1982. All but one of those starts have come in CART-sanctioned events, the exception being the 1982 Indianapolis 500, which was not part of the PPG Cup championship that season. Rahal's next start will make him the seventh Champ Car driver to start 250 events, following Mario Andretti (407 starts), A.J. Foyt (369), Al Unser (321), Johnny Rutherford (315), Gordon Johncock (262), and Bobby Unser (259). With 16 events remaining in '98, Rahal has the opportunity to move into fifth place all-time before his retirement as a driver at the conclusion of this season. "I didn't enter this final year of driving to coast around and get accolades from the fans and the media," Rahal said. "I still want to win races." Rahal, the only owner/driver in the FedEx Championship Series, has displayed that competitive desire in his two most recent FedEx Championship Series starts. He was running a strong third at Japan when he made contact with the wall late in the race, flipping his car upside-down. Rahal exited uninjured and came back to qualify a strong second to Team Rahal teammate Bryan Herta (Shell Reynard Ford) at Long Beach, but made contact with Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) while dueling for the lead and stalled his car. Rahal's most recent FedEx Championship Series victory came at Nazareth Speedway in 1992, the year he won his most recent PPG Cup championship. Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Mario Andretti , Gordon Johncock , A.J. Foyt , Johnny Rutherford