Graham Rahal’s 18th Birthday wish
Graham Rahal turns 18 today, but he has already established himself as a talented race driver. No longer a 'minor', Bobby Rahal's son finally reaches official adulthood. Celebrations have been put on hold for a few days with the young racer traveling to Florida today, ahead of testing at Daytona with Southard Motorsports.
Marking this milestone, Rahal has compiled his birthday wish list.
A Champ Car drive "Fingers crossed I'll be in a new car on January 20th"
Daytona 24 Hours "I hope I'll get another shot at going the distance!"
An F1 test "I've driven all sorts of cars, but not these power rockets!"
Un pilote 24 Heures du Mans "It's the holy grail of sportscar racing. I need to live the dream.."
Winning "Whatever the car, I just want to be winning!"
Unsurprisingly Rahal is intent on securing his dream job for this season with a drive in the Champ Car World Series. Winter tests with Newman Haas racing have fired up the youngster and his immediate goal is to be behind the wheel of the new Panoz Champ Car at the first testing opportunity in late January.
Sportscar racing continues to be a passion for Rahal and he starts the ball rolling this weekend at Daytona, testing a Lexus Riley with Southard Motorsports. He's hoping this will lead to a seat for the 24 Hour race, another birthday wish. Le Mans 24 hour race sits alongside this and Rahal aims to be visiting the hallowed French circuit this year as well.
The list of race cars driven by Rahal in the last few years is impressive, but there's one single seater that he hasn't yet experienced, an F1 car. It's no surprise that the teen racer has this on his list and it's just one more wish that could be granted to him this year.
Rahal says, "Turning 18 is pretty important to me, not least as I get to sign on the dotted line of my race contracts, instead of my Dad! I'm proud to have achieved quite a few records during my career so far and I hope I can keep setting new ones this season. I guess most of my birthday wishes are quite predictable, but I'm determined to turn them all from wishes into reality."
Last year Rahal narrowly missed out on taking the Champ Car Atlantics title, finishing runner up in the overall points standings with five race victories, and aims to graduate to Champ Cars this season. He broke many records in 2006, including becoming the youngest ever winner of an Atlantics race. He notched up 14 season records with an impressive list of accolades.