ABOUT GRAHAM RAHAL

FAST FACTS

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Birthdate

Birthdate

January 4, 1989
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Nationality

Nationality

American
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Hometown

Hometown

New Albany, Ohio
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Residence

Residence

Carmel, Indiana
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Family

Family

Wife: Courtney Force-Rahal Kids: Daughter, Harlan Pets: Alaskan Malamutes, Arrow & Beau
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Years Racing

Years Racing

20
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First INDYCAR Win

First INDYCAR Win

Streets of St. Petersburg, 2008
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Total INDYCAR Wins

Total INDYCAR Wins

6 St. Petersburg, 2008 Fontana, 2015 Mid-Ohio, 2015 Texas Motor Speedway, 2016 Detroit Race 1, 2017 Detroit Race 2, 2017

BORN TO RACE

Born the son of racing legend Bobby Rahal, Graham has had speed running through his veins since January 4, 1989. A young Graham grew up traveling racetrack to racetrack and fell in love with the cockpit the first time he took the seat.

It was at age 11 that he began racing karts and four years later earned a scholarship to race in the Formula BMW series. In 2005, he entered in to the Road To Indy ladder series, racing the (then) Star Mazda Series. After competing in IMSA (then Grand AM/ALMS), A1GP, Champ Car Atlantic, Graham entered the major leagues - joining the Champ Car World Series in 2007 with Newman-Haas Racing.


A year later, Graham took his talents to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES where in his first outing took a trip to victory lane - becoming the youngest winner in series history, a title he held until March of 2019. Graham remained with Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing through 2009 where he landed on the podium twice and scored his first two pole positions. In 2010 Graham drove for a handful of teams including Newman-Haas-Lanigan, Rahal Letterman Racing, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, and Sarah Fisher Racing before landing a seat at Chip Ganassi Racing for 2011 and 2012.

In 2013, Graham found his way back to racing under the family name, joining Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing where he still drives today.

UNDER THE RAHAL BANNER

Graham went in to the 2013 season holding one win, two poles, 11 podiums and 116 lap led. With his father in his ear calling the races, he earned a best finish of second-place on the streets of Long Beach in 2013. In 2014, the Graham proudly wore the colors of the U.S. National Guard for his sophomore season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The 2015 season proved to be quite successful for Graham. He visited victory lane at Fontana for the first time since 2008, despite a mishap on pit lane. Three races later, another win was claimed, this time in front of a home-crowd at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Those two wins, along with his four additional podiums, pushed the third-generation driver into the championship battle where he sat second heading in to the final three events. Ultimately, after a close season-finale with double points on the line, Graham finished fourth in the standings.

When the race at Texas Motor Speedway was rained out in 2016, the drivers "restarted" their engines two months later for what ended up being one of the most thrilling final laps in Indy car history and Graham's career. Battling with James Hinchcliffe for the checkered flag, it was Graham who made a victory lap around the superspeedway, and donned a cowboy hat when the race was over. Recording 11 top-five finishes in 16 races, Graham and the No. 15 team finished fifth in the championship.

​With a pair of dominating victories on the streets of Belle Isle in 2017, Graham earned the honors of becoming the first (and only) driver to win both races at the double-header event in Detroit. Despite collecting only one more podium, the veteran racer earned a championship standing of sixth in 2017.

The next two seasons saw much misfortune. While the No. 15 car was very strong at most events, bad luck would strike at the least optimal time and take away the opportunity to collect another win. Managing to salvage what could have been a set of unsatisfying seasons, Graham collected 11 top 10s in both 2018 and 2019 and finished the championship in eighth and 10th, respectively.

The 2020 season was set to start off with a clean slate and high optimism with the new windscreen leveling the playing field and test-time of each team. However after venturing to St. Petersburg, Florida, for the first event of the season, the COVID-19 pandemic halted competition for three months, abbreviated the schedule and changed the entire format of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. When competition resumed in June, the schedule continued to change. At the second race of the season, Graham found his way to his first podium of 2020. He found himself on the podium again a few weeks later in Iowa. After qualifying eighth for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Graham matched his best finish at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, collecting a third-place finish. Graham finished the unusual 2020 season sixth in the championship.

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

Born a Buckeye, Graham grew up in New Albany, Ohio, just outside of the state's capital of Columbus. He graduated from New Albany High School in 2007 and was accepted into his father's alma mater, Dennison University.

In 2013, Graham met his wife and retired NHRA drag racing star Courtney Force. The pair married in 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. Graham and Courtney spend most of their time traveling the race circuit, but their two Alaskan Malamutes, Arrow and Beau keep the duo very busy while away from the track. The couple announced in May they were expecting their first child who was born November 2, 2020 - a daughter named Harlan.

Aside from racing, Graham is a sports fanatic, especially when it comes to the Ohio State Buckeyes and Columbus Blue Jackets. He is also a small business owner, opening Graham Rahal Performance (GRP) in 2017. Along with GRP, Graham has partnered with his father on several dealerships in the Bobby Rahal Automotive Group portfolio.

Together, he and Courtney run the Graham & Courtney Rahal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that has raised over $1 million for various charities since it was founded in 2009 (operating under the Graham Rahal Foundation). The foundation currently hosts the GCRF Drivers Tournament powered by United Rentals, its marquee event supporting Turns For Troops / SoldierStrong USA and Colorado State University's One Cure. The foundation will host its inaugural "Vino For Vets" charity function in 2021, benefitting SoldierStrong USA. To learn more about GCRF, click here.

STATS BY YEAR

INDYCAR


Race Start Finish

Laps Complete

Total Laps Laps Led
Texas Motor Speedway 7 17 198 200 0
Indianapolis Road Course 4 2 80 80 18
Road America - Race 1 4 7 55 55 2
Road America - Race 2 5 23 0 55 0
Iowa Speedway - Race 1
21 12 248 250 0
Iowa Speedway - Race 2 19 3 250 250 13
Indianapolis 500 8 3 200 200 0
Gateway - Race 1 22 18 124 200 0
Gateway - Race 2 23 20 198 200 0
Mid-Ohio - Race 1 8 4 75 75 0
Mid-Ohio - Race 2 12 4 75 75 1
Harvest Grand Prix - Race 1 11 7 85 85 5
Harvest Grand Prix - Race 2 10 7 75 75 0
St. Petersburg 17 9 100 100 2


INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps Complete Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 10 12 109 110 0
Circuit of the Americas 10 4 60 60 0
Barber Motorsports Park 2 23 55 90 1
Streets of Long Beach 6 4 85 85 0
Indianapolis Grand Prix 7 9 85 85 4
Indianapolis 500 17 27 176 200 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 1 11 7 43 43 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 2 22 7 70 70 0
Texas Motor Speedway 9 3 248 248 3
Road America 5 4 55 55 1
Streets of Toronto 12 9 85 85 0
Iowa Speedway 7 8 299 300 0
Mid-Ohio 15 9 90 90 0
Pocono Raceway 8 9 128 128 0
Gateway 16 18 226 248 0
Portland 15 23 0 105 0
Laguna Seca 8 12 90 90 0


IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps Complete Total Laps Laps Led
Road Atlanta 2 3 465 465 0


INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps Complete Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 24 2 110 110 0
Phoenix Raceway 12 9 250 250 7
Streets of Long Beach 5 5 85 85 0
Barber Motorsports Park 15 7 82 82 0
Indianapolis Grand Prix 17 9 85 85 3
Indianapolis 500 30 10 200 200 12
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 1 8 23 45 70 2
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 2 9 5 70 70 0
Texas Motor Speedway 20 6 248 248 5
Road America 9 6 55 55 0
Iowa Raceway 12 7 299 300 0
Streets of Toronto 13 21 68 85 0
Mid-Ohio 7 9 90 90 0
Pocono Raceway 18 14 196 200 0
Gateway 7 10 247 248 0
Portland International Raceway 10 23 4 105 0
Sonoma Raceway 9 23 66 85 0


IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps Complete Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 2 9 793 808 106
Sebring Raceway 3 15 172 344 31
Road Atlanta 5 5 443 443 128

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps Complete Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 10 17 108 220 0
Streets of Long Beach
6 10 85 85 0
Barber Motorsports Park 21 13 90 90 0
Phoenix Raceway 17 21 0 250 0
Indianapolis Grand Prix 20 6 85 85 0
Indianapolis 500 14 12 200 200 2
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 1 1 1 70 70 55
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 2 3 1 70 70 41
Texas Motor Speedway 11 4 248 248 0
Road America 6 8 55 55 0
Iowa Raceway 10 5 300 300 0
Streets of Toronto 2 9 85 85 0
Mid-Ohio 4 3 90 90 3
Pocono Raceway 7 9 200 200 9
Gateway 13 12 248 248 0
Watkins Glen International 10 5 60 60 0
Sonoma Raceway 9 6 85 85 0


IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps Complete Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 7 11 617 659 0


INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 6 16 109 110 0
Phoenix Raceway
19 5 250 250 0
Streets of Long Beach 17 15 80 80 0
Barber Motorsports Park 6 2 90 90 6
Indianapolis Grand Prix 24 4 82 82 2
Indianapolis 500 26 14 200 200 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 1 10 4 70 70 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 2 7 11 70 70 1
Road America 6 3 50 50 2
Iowa Raceway 12 16 297 300 0
Streets of Toronto 16 13 85 85 0
Mid-Ohio 6 4 90 90 0
Pocono Raceway 11 11 200 200 0
Texas Motor Speedway 13 1 248 248 1
Watkins Glen International 20 21 19 60 0
Sonoma Raceway 5 2 85 85 2


IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours at Daytona 3 11 360 736 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 15 11 110 110 0
New Orleans 11 8 47 47 0
Streets of Long Beach 8 11 80 80 0
Barber Motorsports Park 8 2 90 90 17
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 17 2 82 82 9
Indianapolis 500 17 5 200 200 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 1 13 23 5 47 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 2 5 3 68 68 0
Texas Motor Speedway 6 15 243 248 0
Streets of Toronto 10 9 85 85 0
Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 19 1 250 250 15
Milwaukee Mile 6 3 250 250 5
Iowa Speedway 17 4 300 300 7
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 13 1 90 90 23
Pocono Raceway 5 20 92 200 0
Sonoma Raceway 6 18 85 85 0


IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 4 4 701 740 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 21 14 110 110 0
Streets of Long Beach 23 13 79 80 0
Barber Motorsports Park 18 17 69 69 0
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12 21 50 82 0
Indianapolis 500 20 33 44 200 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 1 9 2 70 70 10
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 2 14 21 43 70 0
Texas Motor Speedway 9 2 70 70 10
NRG Park Stadium Circuit (Houston)
Race 1
14 11 80 80 0
NRG Park Stadium Circuit (Houston)
Race 2
4 16 87 90 0
Pocono Raceway 14 19 157 200 0
Iowa Speedway 15 7 300 300 0
Streets of Toronto - Race 1 11 6 65 65 0
Streets of Toronto - Race 2 19 20 50 56 0
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 7 5 90 90 0
Milwaukee Mile 14 14 249 250 0
Sonoma Raceway 14 20 85 85 18
Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 10 19 244 250 0

IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 7 4 668 695 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 15 13 110 110 0
Barber Motorsports Park 21 21 90 90 0
Streets of Long Beach 11 2 80 80 0
Streets of Sao Paulo 19 22 71 75 0
Indianapolis 500 26 25 193 200 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 1 23 9 70 70 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Race 2 15 9 70 70 0
Texas Motor Speedway 17 21 223 228 0
Milwaukee Mile 24 16 247 250 0
Iowa Speedway 6 5 250 250 1
Pocono Raceway 16 18 158 160 0
Streets of Toronto - Race 1 18 20 82 85 0
Streets of Toronto - Race 2 19 13 84 85 0
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 22 18 89 90 0
Sonoma Raceway 8 11 85 85 0
Streets of Baltimore 12 17 68 75 5
NRG Park Stadium Circuit (Houston)
Race 1
24 7 90 90 0
NRG Park Stadium Circuit (Houston)
Race 2
19 18 88 90 0
Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 22 15 200 250 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 10 12 100 100 0
Barber Motorsports Park 8 4 90 90 1
Streets of Long Beach 8 24 23 85 0
Streets of Sao Paulo 6 16 74 75 0
Indianapolis 500 12 13 200 200 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park 17 19 85 60 0
Texas Motor Speedway 3 2 228 228 27
Milwaukee Mile 11 9 225 225 0
Iowa Speedway 20 9 250 250 0
Streets of Toronto 10 23 23 85 0
Edmonton City Centre Airport 8 4 75 75 0
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 21 11 85 85 0
Sonoma Raceway 13 5 85 85 0
Streets of Baltimore 21 11 75 75 0
Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 18 6 250 250 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 14 6 757 761 96

V8 Supercars

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Surfers Paradise 3 8 79 79 0
Surfers Paradise 5 11 102 102 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 12 17 96 100 0
Barber Motorsports Park 10 18 88 90 0
Streets of Long Beach 16 13 85 85 0
Streets of Sao Paulo 5 2 55 55 0
Indianapolis 500 29 3 200 200 6
Texas Motor Speedway - Race 1 20 9 114 114 0
Texas Motor Speedway - Race 2 4 30 104 114 0
Milwaukee Mile 12 2 225 225 0
Iowa Speedway 20 15 249 250 0
Streets of Toronto 5 13 85 85 23
Edmonton City Centre Airport 13 25 0 80 0
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 6 24 83 85 0
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 23 26 0 215 0
Sonoma Raceway 13 8 75 75 0
Streets of Baltimore 2 10 75 75 0
Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway 3 12 63 63 0
Kentucky Speedway 2 12 200 200 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 3 1 721 721 231

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 16 9 100 100 0
Barber Motorsports Park 15 17 89 90 0
Streets of Long Beach 22 22 58 85 0
Indianapolis 500 7 12 200 200 0
Iowa Speedway 17 9 249 250 11
Streets of Toronto 14 5 85 85 0
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 25 2 85 85 0
Sonoma Raceway 16 9 75 75 0
Chicagoland Speedway 6 10 200 200 0
Kentucky Speedway 25 20 195 200 0
Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway 16 8 200 200 0
Homestead-Miami Speedway 18 10 199 200 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 1 7 100 100 0
Streets of Long Beach 7 12 85 85 0
Kansas Speedway 1 7 200 200 8
Indianapolis 500 4 31 55 200 0
Milwaukee Mile 2 4 225 225 0
Texas Motor Speedway 12 22 1 228 0
Iowa Speedway 9 11 245 250 0
Richmond Raceway 5 3 300 300 0
Watkins Glen International 15 13 60 60 0
Streets of Toronto 3 20 57 85 0
Edmonton City Centre Airport 5 7 95 95 0
Kentucky Speedway 10 5 200 200 0
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 4 8 85 85 0
Sonoma Raceway 6 21 30 75 0
Chicagoland Speedway 5 5 200 200 0
Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway 5 3 200 200 3
Homestead-Miami Speedway 6 11 197 200 0

INDYCAR

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Streets of St. Petersburg 9 1 83 83 19
Streets of Long Beach 9 13 82 83 0
Kansas Speedway 20 12 19 200 0
Indianapolis 500 13 33 36 200 0
Milwaukee Mile 2 25 129 225 0
Texas Motor Speedway 18 11 227 228 0
Iowa Speedway 16 10 250 250 0
Richmond Raceway 3 18 131 300 0
Watkins Glen International 18 8 6 60 0
Nashville Superspeedway 10 12 170 171 0
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 14 16 84 85 0
Edmonton City Centre Airport 8 26 44 91 0
Kentucky Speedway 20 25 28 200 0
Sonoma Raceway 15 8 80 80 0
Raceway at Belle Isle Park 6 13 87 87 0
Chicagoland Speedway 14 19 186 200 0
Surfer's Paradise (Australia) 13 9 60 60 0

IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 1 6 680 695 15

Champ Car

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Las Vegas Street Circuit 10 17 1 68 0
Streets of Long Beach 4 8 78 78 0
NRG Park Stadium Circuit 6 2 93 93 0
Portland International Raceway 8 9 102 103 0
Burke Lakefront Airport 4 8 89 89 4
Circuit Mont-Tremblant 9 7 62 62 7
Streets of Toronto 15 11 52 73 0
Edmonton City Centre Airport 4 3 96 96 0
Streets of San Jose 6 6 107 107 0
Road America 4 3 53 53 0
Circuit Zolder 13 3 71 71 7
TT Circuit Assen 6 9 69 69 0
Surfers Paradise 9 11 60 61 0
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez 7 4 64 64 0

IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 24 28 214 668 0
12 Hours of Sebring 7 6 313 364 0
Road Atlanta 4 3 350 394 0

Indy Lights

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1 2 23 23 20

IMSA

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
24 Hours of Daytona 2 6 670 734 0
12 Hours of Sebring 4 6 311 349 0

A1GP

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Automotodrom Brno 13 12 10 10 0
Automotodrom Brno 12 12 38 38 0

A1GP

Race Start Finish Laps
Complete
Total Laps Laps Led
Parque Fundidora 16 13 18 18 0
Parque Fundidora
13 14 36 36 0
Laguna Seca 11 21 9 16 0
Laguna Seca 21 20 27 40 6
Shanghai International Circuit 20 18 14 15 0
Shanghai International Circuit 18 11 30 30 0