Team Lebanon has announced that Graham Rahal, son of IndyCar legend Bobby Rahal, will be joining the team for the latest round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend in Mexico.

The 17-year-old, who recently tested for the team in Misano, has already competed in Formula BMW and Star Mazda series' and followed in his fathers footsteps by the SCCA Formula Atlantic National Championship but will now make the step onto the international stage with his A1GP debut.

"This is an exciting opportunity for me," said Rahal, whose family originally came from Aitaneet in Lebanon. "I've always recognised my Lebanese roots, so to compete for the country of my ancestry is very special. I hope that I can work with Khalil [Beschir] and Basil [Shaaban] to share our racing knowledge and bring pride to Lebanon with our results on track.

"I've grasped the chance to compete in this new Series which is attracting so much attention worldwide. It will give me valuable international exposure outside the USA."

A1 Team Lebanon seat holder Tameem Auchi said he was pleased to bring Rahal on board for the event and said he hoped to bring in a new collection of fans to the team.

"We're delighted to welcome Graham to A1 Team Lebanon," he said. "He is from such an illustrious motor racing family, we're very proud that he has agreed to join with us in the A1 Grand Prix series. Our team is one of the least experienced in the Series and we are always reviewing our driver options in order to compete at the highest level, and recruiting Graham to the team enables us to accelerate our learning curve, while also expanding our fan base to the Arab American community.

"Although only 17-years-old, he brings very useful racing experience from which we can benefit. Our aim remains to do the best we can for Lebanon and the Arab world."

Rahal, who has already competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this season, will compete in the final three rounds of A1GP before switching his focus to the new look Champ Car Atlantic Series where he has already inked a deal to race for the Conquest Racing team.

 

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