Bobby Rahal
The boldface headline on Bobby Rahal’s competition CV is his victory in the 1986 Indianapolis 500 plus victory as a team owner in the 2004 and 2020 Indianapolis 500s. Yet, if you spend any time with him Rahal will explain that it was his victory in the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona that boosted his career. 
Bobby Rahal

Rahal raced Formula Atlantics when Bob Garretson hired him as part of his three-man Daytona 24 Hours team in 1981. A fast, measured and disciplined drive delivered Rahal’s first major international victory. That summer he raced to second place – by just a tenth of a second -- in the Mosport round of the SCCA Can-Am driving for Paul  Newman Racing. A year later Rahal raced to second-overall in the 12 Hours of Sebring with a Chevy-powered March  83G; the first time a GTP had earned a Sebring podium finish.

His history-making 12 Hours of Sebring victory came in 1987 sharing Porsche 962 with 2014 Amelia Concours Honoree, Le Mans and F1 winner Jochen Mass.  With Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt, Rahal is a member of a small, exclusive (and unofficial) club of marquee American racers who have won the Indy 500 and the “36 Hours of Florida.”.  Rahal’s Indy Car resume includes 24 victories and three CART Championship titles (1986, ’87 and 1992).

His RLL -- Rahal, Letterman Lanigan – Indy Car Team is based in Brownsburg, Indiana. Other famous racers who have added to RLL's win record include Bryan Herta, Max Papis, Kenny Brack, Jimmy Vasser, Michel Jourdain, Buddy Rice, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato

In sports car racing, after the team's 13th season, BMW Team RLL earned 22 wins, 88 podiums and 28 pole positions. Team RLL won both the Manufacturer and Team championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 -- Manufacturer, Team and Driver. The team earned a second-place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017 and were the 2020 Michelin North American Endurance Champions.

Ultimately, RLL Racing team would log eight class wins for BMW in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/STATS

Championship titles: 1986, 1987, 1992 PPG Indy Car World Series Champion

1986 Indianapolis 500 Winner

Champ Car career

266 races run over 18 years

 

His history-making 12 Hours of Sebring victory came in 1987 sharing Porsche 962 with 2014 Amelia Concours Honoree, Le Mans and F1 winner Jochen Mass.  With Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt, Rahal is a member of a small, exclusive (and unofficial) club of marquee American racers who have won the Indy 500 and the “36 Hours of Florida.”.  Rahal’s Indy Car resume includes 24 victories and three CART Championship titles (1986, ’87 and 1992).

His RLL -- Rahal, Letterman Lanigan – Indy Car Team is based in Brownsburg, Indiana. Other famous racers who have added to RLL's win record include Bryan Herta, Max Papis, Kenny Brack, Jimmy Vasser, Michel Jourdain, Buddy Rice, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato

In sports car racing, after the team's 13th season, BMW Team RLL earned 22 wins, 88 podiums and 28 pole positions. Team RLL won both the Manufacturer and Team championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 -- Manufacturer, Team and Driver. The team earned a second-place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017 and were the 2020 Michelin North American Endurance Champions.

Ultimately, RLL Racing team would log eight class wins for BMW in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/STATS

  • Championship titles: 1986, 1987, 1992 PPG Indy Car World Series Champion
  • 1986 Indianapolis 500 Winner
  • Champ Car career
  • 266 races run over 18 years
  • Years active        1982–1998
  • Team(s)     Truesports (1982–1988)
  • Kraco (1989)
  • Galles-Kraco (1990–1991)
  • Rahal-Hogan (1992–1995)
  • Team Rahal (1996–1998)
  • Best finish 1st – 1986, 1987, 1992
  • First race   1982 Indianapolis 500
  • Last race    1998 Marlboro 500 (Fontana)
  • First win    1982 Budweiser Cleveland 500 (Cleveland)
  • Last win    1992 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix (Nazareth)
  • 24 Victories, 88 Podiums, 17 Poles

 

Career span: 1982 – 1998 – first race 1982 Indy 500 final race 1998 Marlboro 500     

Team(s)

  • Truesports (1982–1988)
  • Kraco (1989)
  • Galles-Kraco (1990–1991)
  • Rahal-Hogan (1992–1995)
  • Team Rahal (1996–1998)

Races:

  • 266 in 18 seasons – 17 poles, 88   podiums

Best finish:  

  • 1st –1986, 1987, 1992

First win:

  • 1992 Cleveland 500

Last win:

  • 1992 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix (Nazareth, PA)

Rahal: racer/businessman

In 2000, Rahal joined the Jaguar Formula One team. It was his second foray into Formula 1: Rahal had qualified for the 1978 Canadian and US Grands Prix for Walter Wolf Racing. Rahal was also the interim President and CEO of CART for six months during the 2000 season.

His business interests include the Bobby Rahal Automotive Group, a network of car dealerships in western and central Pennsylvania selling Acura, BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz Toyota and Volvo.

During 2021 Rahal combined and expanded his business and racing talents adding race promotion to his commercial activities and interests. His first effort was to restore Iowa Speedway to the IndyCar calendar after it had been absent from the 2021 schedule.

In 2021 Rahal moved from Chicago to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 

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