Graham Rahal has been forced to abandon his plans to race in the A1GP series this winter due to several scheduling conflicts with his preparations for next season's Champ Car World Series, where he is expected to make his debut in a third Newman/Haas entry.

The youngster's plans are accelerating as this year's Champ Car series nears its conclusion in Mexico City this weekend, with further tests expected in the next few weeks before his deal is confirmed.

"I want to thank the Auchi family for the opportunity to represent Lebanon in A1GP and, while I am disappointed to withdraw from the series, I wish all the best for Basil, Khalil, Alex and the entire team," he said of his decision to turn his back on the winter competition

Rahal, the son of former CART ace Bobby, hopes to be in attendance at this weekend's Champ Car finale, before heading into what he expects to be a busy off-season.

"I'll be heading down to Mexico City to catch up with friends in the paddock and keep up with all that's happening in the series," he said, "I'm hoping that I'll be in a Champ Car before too long, but I'll just have to wait a few more weeks."

Rahal made history by becoming the youngest winner of a Champ Car Atlantics race during 2006, and broke several records as he finished as runner-up to Simon Pagenaud.

 

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