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Gramham inspects his ride.  May 31, '09 in Milwaukee - By Christian Gorecki
Gramham inspects his ride. May 31, '09 in Milwaukee - By Christian Gorecki

By Gary Graves, USA TODAY

Graham Rahal will drive in this month's Indianapolis 500 for his father Bobby, who won in 1986 as a driver and 2004 as an owner, in a one-race deal with Rahal Letterman Racing.The younger Rahal, who started three of five Izod IndyCar Series events for Sarah Fisher Racing while seeking full-time work, will race the No. 30 Dallara/Honda with a sponsor to be named before practice begins May 16 for the 94th edition on May 30.

After previously saying he wanted his son to drive for another team to establish his own identity, Bobby Rahal said Tuesday that the timing was right for the generational merger at the Brickyard. "I think he has proven he belongs and I'm thrilled to have him," said the three-time CART champion, referring to his son's historic 2008 St. Petersburg victory that made him open-wheel racing's youngest winner at 19 years, 93 days. "It's flattering when your child wants to do what you do, even better when he wants to do it for you."

Rahal seeks his first Indy finish after exiting early twice following good starts. "I've made my mistakes there," Rahal said. "The main thing is to get to the checkered flag."

*************************************************Also Tuesday, 2002 Indy 500 runner-up Paul Tracy and KV Racing Technology announced an agreement that includes former Indy-winning team owner Barry Green as race strategist.