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INDYCAR: Rahal To NHL
After spending the next two rounds with Sarah Fisher Racing, Graham Rahal appears to be on his way back to the team that brought him to IndyCar racing.
Robin Miller  |  Posted March 24, 2010   Indianapolis, IN
America's leading young open-wheel driver appears set for a full-time return to the series, reports SPEEDtv.com's Robin Miller. (LAT)
Graham Rahal rejoins the IZOD IndyCar series this weekend at St. Petersburg in Sarah Fisher's car but the 21-year-old second generation star is poised be reunited with the Newman/Haas/Lanigan team for the rest of 2010.

SPEEDtv.com has learned that young Rahal secured sponsorship that will likely put him back with the Chicago-based squad he's driven for since 2007 - beginning at Long Beach next month.

"I don't want to say too much yet but it's looking good for something full-time," said Rahal on Tuesday night following his ALMS Corvette test at Sebring, Fla.

Brian Lisles, the team manager at NHL, said he didn't know of any details but would welcome the chance to run Rahal again. "We would like to be a 2-car team but I don't know if anything has been done," said Lisles.

After a solid sophomore season in IndyCar in 2009, where he scored a pair of podiums, two pole positions and qualified in the fast six in all but one of the seven street/road course shows, Rahal found himself without a ride a few months ago when McDonald's decided not to re-up with NHL.

The son of the three-time CART champion spent January and February looking for sponsors and finally landed one, which should be announced in the near future.

While he was serving as his own marketing man, Rahal was approached by Fisher to drive her Dollar General Dallara/Honda at St. Pete and Birmingham, Ala.

"A lot of good things have happened lately," he said. "First the deal with Sarah and now some more good news."

Rahal, who worked with engineer Martin Pare in '09, will team with Hideki Mutoh.

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