IndyCar driver Graham Rahal will be coming home in 2013, in a manner of speaking. The 23-year-old racer will be signing on with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team of his father, former Indy champion Bobby Rahal. An official announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Graham Rahal won his first IndyCar race in 2008 with the Newman/Hass/Lanigan team. His father, three-time IndyCar champion and winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500, shut down his IndyCar team that same year. Rahal fielded a car for his son in the 2010 Indy500, which finished twelfth, and returned full-time to the sport in 2011.
Graham drove for a number of teams in 2009 before signing with the Chip Ganassi “B” team in 2010. After two years of moderate success but no great results (three seconds, a third and three other top-five finishes) the younger Rahal will be leaving the Ganassi operation to work with his father.
According to Autoweek.com, Bobby Rahal has suggested RLL’s fast but sometimes reckless 2011 driver Takuma Sato may remain with the team.