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Season Review/Preview: Graham Rahal

With Justin Wilson vacating Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing's No. 02 car after the 2008 season, American phenomenon Graham Rahal stepped into the cockpit for the 2009 season, shifting from the team's second car. Historically, one N/H/L car has always been noticeably better than the other, and since Sebastien Bourdais stepped into it in 2004, the car that Rahal stepped into has been the one. Of course, it helps that Rahal was moving into a car that had a solid sponsorship deal with McDonald's from an unsponsored vehicle in 2008. Either way, Rahal was poised to improve on 2008's 17th-place finish in points. While he failed to win a race and, for the second time in two years, crashed out of the Indianapolis 500, Rahal jumped 10 spots in points and ...

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