To many observers, the Rahal family live a charmed life as both father Bobby and his son Graham are IndyCar race-winners, with the latter being the lead driver of the family-run race team (in partnership with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan). Those are achievements few dad-and-lad combo’s can ever aspire to.

This past Sunday, Graham Rahal (driver of the No. 15 United Rentals IndyCar for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) matched his father’s public misfortune by failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

Back in 1993, Bobby Rahal was the reigning CART champion, and was part owner of his own race team, so the DNQ was a complete shock.

Now in 2023, Graham Rahal is the undisputed team leader at RLL, but the squad had been at the bottom of the time sheets the entire month of May. To make the moment even worse, it was Rahal’s teammate Jack Harvey who set a faster time to ultimately ‘bump’ Graham from the field of 33.

While barely holding his emotions in, Graham Rahal showed that he has become a true team leader since the departure of veteran oval-track specialist Takuma Sato, Crestfallen, he emerged from the cockpit and thanked his entire team, then congratulated his friend and RLL teammate Jack Harvey who was wracked with conflicting feelings of guilt and joy.

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