Graham Rahal
Graham  Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Graham Rahal
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Jan 4, 1989
15 USA Road To Indy Graduate
New Albany, OH

Graham Rahal grew up attending racetracks around the world with his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. He cut his teeth in karting and moved up the formula ranks. In 2008, a victory at St. Petersburg -- in his Verizon IndyCar Series debut -- made him the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing history.

He joined forces with his father's team -- Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing -- for the 2013 season.

Rahal graduated from New Albany (Ohio) High School in 2007. He enjoys working on cars, restoring a 1964 Mini Cooper for his senior class project.

Rahal is an avid Ohio State University football fan and plays golf.

2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 0 8 10 76 14
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 0 2 4 28 13
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 0 0 2 5 6 16
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 4 7 28 13
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 3 6 29 15
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 12 0 0 1 7 11 11
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 2 5 9 11 13
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 1 0 1 4 19 9
2008 Champ Car 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 Champ Car 14 0 0 5 11 18 12
Total 144 3 2 31 63 226 117
2006 Indy Lights 1 0 1 1 1 21 1

* Under INDYCAR sanction

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is owned by retired Indy car champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, racing aficionado David Letterman and businessman Mike Lanigan.

The team traces its origin to the formation of Rahal/Hogan Racing in 1992, when Rahal realized a lifelong dream by forming his own race team. A three-time CART champion (1986, 1987 and 1992) as a driver, Rahal became the first rookie owner-driver in series history to capture a championship when he led his team to four victories and the season title in the its inaugural season.

Rahal concluded his Hall of Fame driving career in 1998 with 24 victories and 18 pole positions. He started 265 races and produced 177 top-10 finishes and 119 top-five finishes. Rahal, who was inducted into the International and U.S. Motorsports Halls of Fame in 2004, also captured the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.

Letterman, an Indianapolis native who has become a television icon, was a regular visitor to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a child. The host of the “Late Show with David Letterman” had casual discussions with Rahal since they met in 1986 about his interest in getting involved in racing as a participant. In early 1996, the talk transformed into an agreement as Letterman became a minority-interest owner in Team Rahal.

The team won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with Buddy Rice behind the wheel.

In 2010, Lanigan joined the team. He's been involved in racing since 1992, when Mi-Jack (one of his companies) sponsored a young Belgian driver by the name of Eric Bachelart in CART. From 2001-06, Lanigan co-owned Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with Bachelart. He also was a partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.


First Start
April 8, 2007
Las Vegas (Street)
First Win
April 6, 2008
St. Petersburg
First Pole
April 5, 2009
St. Petersburg

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2014
    • Finished 19th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
    • Recorded four top-10 finishes, with best of second at Detroit Belle Isle Race 1.
    • Led two races for total of 28 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished 18th in IndyCar Series standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
    • Posted two top-five finishes, with a best of second at Long Beach, and five top-10 finishes.
    • Led two races for six total laps.
    • Was running at the finish in 16 races.
  • 2012
    • Finished 10th in IndyCar Series standings for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes, with best of second at Texas.
  • 2011
    • Finished ninth in IndyCar Series standings for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing.
    • Recorded six top-10 finishes, with a best of second at Sao Paulo.
    • Led six laps at Indianapolis en route to second consecutive top-three finish.
    • Started second, third and second in final three races.
  • 2010
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes in 12 races with four different teams. Had high finish of fifth at Toronto.
    • Started a best sixth at Chicagoland.
    • Led one race for 11 laps.
  • 2009
    • Finished seventh in IndyCar Series standings for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.
    • Recorded five top-five and nine top-10 finishes, with a best of third (Richmond, Twin Ring Motegi).
    • Became youngest pole winner in IndyCar Series history at St. Petersburg. Also won pole at Kansas.
    • Posted first consecutive top-five finishes at Chicagoland and Twin Ring Motegi.
  • 2008
    • Finished 17th in IndyCar Series standings for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.
    • Won in his series debut on the streets of St. Petersburg, becoming the youngest winner in series history.
  • 2007
    • Finished fifth in Champ Car World Series standings for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing with a best finish of second at Houston.

Graham's Road To Indy

  • 2007
    • Raced for Rahal Letterman Racing in the 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing sixth in GT2 class.
    • Competed for Southard Motorsports in the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona in Daytona Prototypes.
  • 2006
    • Made Indy Pro Series debut with Kenn Hardley Racing at Liberty Challenge at Indianapolis, winning the pole and finishing second.
    • Finished second in Champ Car Atlantic standings for Conquest Racing with five victories (Monterrey, Cleveland 1, Cleveland 2, Denver and Montreal).
    • Led series in poles, laps led, fastest race laps and earnings.
    • Competed in final three rounds of A1 Grand Prix with A1 Team Lebanon.
    • Finished sixth in the GT class for Tafel Racing at Rolex 24 at Daytona.
    • Finished sixth in the GT2 class Alex Job Racing Porsche at 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2005
    • Finished fourth in Star Mazda standings for Andersen Walko Racing with a win at Portland, the youngest driver to win a Star Mazda race.
    • Became the youngest SCCA national champion when he was won the Formula Atlantic national championship.
  • 2004
    • Finished seventh in Formula BMW standings with best finish of third in Denver Race 1.
    • Recorded four top-five results and 11 top-10.
  • Early Career
    • Competed in Stars of Karting events, finishing fourth in the ICC national points in the Stars of Karting series.
    • Captured his first national championship race with the ICC main event win at Road America in June 2003.