Graham Rahal ready for long-overdue run at title

Graham Rahal hasn't won in IndyCar since the opening race of the 2008 season at St. Petersburg....

Graham Rahal hasn't won in IndyCar since the opening race of the 2008 season at St. Petersburg. (Brian Cleary/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

TORONTO - Graham Rahal was lauded as the next big thing in North American open wheel racing when, in his first Champ Car World Series season, he notched four podium finishes for Newman Haas Racing.

In his second season, this time in the newly combined Champ Car/IndyCar series, he won his first race at St. Petersburg.

He was to be the golden boy, who would lift IndyCar racing on his slender shoulders in the new millennium.

Rahal, the son of Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, along with Marco Andretti, grandson of Mario and son of Michael, were seen as the tools IndyCar needed to close the Grand Canyonesque gap between IndyCar and NASCAR in the American motorsports market.

But with the launch of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar season just days away, back in St. Petersberg, Fla., Rahal has fallen way short on almost every count.

Since his 2008 victory on the streets of St. Petersberg, Rahal has gone winless in 95 races, with only eight podium finishes in that stretch.


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