Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has announced a contract extension with Graham Rahal, ensuring the veteran will continue to race in IndyCar for at least a couple more years.
There was little doubt the 34-year-old would re-sign with his family team, but the official announcement was a bit later than expected as details of the contract were sorted out.
Rahal first drove for RLL in the 2013 season, and has earned five wins in the eleven years since then.
He and the team hit a rough patch at the start of this past year, with the low point being when Rahal was bumped out of the Indianapolis 500.
He filled in for an injured Stef Wilson in the DRR Chevy and was able to compete in his 16th Indy 500, but the event still affected his and his team’s morale.
As the season continued, Rahal rebounded and earned two poles and a podium in the final few races of the season.
His extension gives him a chance to build on that momentum next year, and possibly get his first race win since 2017.
“I’m extremely excited to get a new multi-year agreement in place and hopefully continue to build and improve the team,” said Rahal.
“At the end of the season, we saw some glimpses of what we can and should be. Obviously, there is a lot of work still to be done to ensure that we continue to grow and get ourselves in a place for continuous success but I’m excited about the signs that I saw.
“I’m also excited to continue working with the tremendous partners that we have. It was important to me to continue to represent them and hopefully do a great job for them as we go forward.
“I’m glad that we were able to come together with Mike [Lanigan], my dad, David [Letterman] and everyone at the organization to continue together.”
Rahal will partner with Pietro Fittipaldi and Christian Lundgaard for the 2024 season, and will once again have the #15 on his car.