Three-time CART champion turned team owner Bobby Rahal was named grand marshal for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca earlier this season, and, this Friday, will be recognised again when officials dedicate a portion of the winding 2.238-mile layout in his honour.

In a ceremony during the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships tomorrow, the challenging section from the exit of turn six up the hill and through the turn seven kink to the entrance of the fabled 'Corkscrew' will officially be named the 'Rahal Straight'.

"Laguna Seca has always had a special place in my heart," said Rahal, who won the Champ Car race at Laguna Seca as a driver for four consecutive years from 1984-87, "To have a section of what is one of the crown jewels in American road racing bear my name is an honour beyond belief. I am truly humbled."

Rahal also has three more CART victories at Laguna Seca as a team owner, in 1998 and '99 with Bryan Herta at the wheel, and in 2001, with Max Papis driving. His first race at the track was in 1976 in Formula Atlantic and the first big event he won at Laguna came was in the Can-Am series in 1979.

"I've just always loved this circuit," Rahal smiled, "To win here four years in a row is something I'm really proud of. It's just one of those tracks I've had an affinity for. But, what's not to like about the Monterey Peninsula? Every win here was special. How fortunate I've been to win so much at a circuit I love."



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