In what some might find as unusual policy, Bobby Rahal never once gave his son Graham Rahal a chance to drive for him in his early career. Dad wanted son to earn the chance and make a name for himself. Graham certainly has done so and shown that he does indeed have potential.
Dad has now seen that he has the potential too. So now Dad has signed Son to drive for him in 2013. Graham will drive the Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing #15 TBC Retail Group IndyCar.
“When he first started racing, I thought it was better that he race for other teams and mature under those circumstances and prove himself,”Bobby Rahal told The Associated Press. “Because he has, I am not sensitive at all to the idea, `The old man is giving him a job.’ He has earned the right to be at the top and talking about the potential he has as one of the most talented drivers in the series.”
Rahal will take over the car that was driven by Takuma Sato this past season after spending 2012 with Chip Ganassi Racing himself.
RLL Racing is looking to field a second car potentially full-time and then a third car for the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
The decision to hire his son came after Rahal finally felt comfortable that the two would work well together. It was never a question that he would one day hire his son, it was just a question of when he would. Bobby will work Graham as his team engineer in 2013.
This partnership between father and son will be one to watch and it could be a determining factor in whether they will work together again. So has Rahal found a more permanent home in IndyCar or is this just a temporary ride for a year?!