Father and son Bobby and Graham Rahal become team
owner and driver at the race track. In 2015, Rahal Letterman
Lanigan Racing won two races and contended for the title.
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acecar drivers work a handful of
weekends a year, then spend all of
their copious downtime on an exotic
beach somewhere, right?
Wrong, says Graham Rahal, driver of the
No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
entry in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
“With everything I have going on, I sure
wish there was a lot of downtime,” he says.
“Frankly, there never turns out to be any.”
Rahal’s extracurricular activities are
varied, but they can all be distilled down
to one word: cars. Whether he’s helping
father Bobby expand the auto dealership
business, or checking out a piece of
exotica like the new Acura NSX for his
own ever-changing line-up of road
machinery, or dropping in on the RLL
race engineers as they chase ways to
improve upon a stellar 2015 campaign
that left Rahal as the highest-placed
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Honda-powered driver in the points,
it all comes down to cars.
Sponsorship hunting and activation?
That’s so that he can race cars. Quality time
with new wife and NHRA Funny Car racer
Courtney? She’s a member of drag racing’s
Force family, which inevitably means more
cars. As a quick glance at Rahal’s Instagram
account shows, almost everything he
does can somehow be tied back to cars.
“People know me for racing, but my
love of racing really started with my love
of cars,” he says. “When I was 15 years
old my Dad bought me my first car, which
was a Subaru WRX, and from that time
on, I began buying and selling. I think
over my lifetime I’ve owned more than
150 cars, and it’s become an extreme
passion. I love wheeling and dealing. It
drives Courtney mad, and my Dad mad
– and everybody else mad – but it’s a
Graham Rahal has a lot to keep him busy - and almost all
of it involves something with four wheels and an engine.
Words Mark Glendenning IMAGES Tony Di Zinno