Rahal back with Newman/Haas

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Newman/Haas Racing revealed that 21-year-old Graham Rahal will return to the team, starting with the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.

Rahal, son of the first Honda Indy Toronto winner Bobby Rahal, will drive the No. 02 Dallara/Honda for six of the remaining series races with sponsorship from Quick Trim.

“It’s nice to be back with Newman/Haas Racing, a group that I have been with for so long and have a lot of fond memories with, and it’s also great to be reunited with Quick Trim,” Rahal said in a statement.

Fast learner

Almost 20 years ago, Eric Zeto’ was a high school student in Toronto and watched on television as hometown hero Scott Goodyear missed out on winning the 1992 Indianapolis 500 by a fraction of a second to Al Unser Jr. in what still stands as the closest finish in Indy history.

It was then he fell in love with racing and ever since graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1998 with a degree in Applied Science in Engineering, Zeto has pursued a successful career in racing.

He will be a big part of the De Ferran Dragon Racing team on Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto as a race engineer.

Car of tomorrow

After almost a decade of faithful service and dependability the IZOD IndyCar series will say goodbye to the current Dallara chassis in the 2012 season.

And on Wednesday a special panel that has been studying the proposals from four manufacturers — Dallara, Lola, BAT and DeltaWing will hear how the IRL will proceed.

It is fairly certain that only a “strategy” of what the IRL wants and how it will proceed will be in Wednesday’s news conference from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


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