Atlantic Rookie Graham Rahal Wins in Denver

DENVER, Colorado (August 13, 2006) - Nothing was going to slow down Champ Car Atlantic rookie sensation Graham Rahal on the streets of Denver this weekend. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver overcame mechanical challenges, a plethora of caution flags and some fast and determined series rivals Sunday on his way to claiming victory in the Grand Prix of Denver Atlantic race.

After establishing new course records while leading both rounds of qualifying this weekend on the 1.657-mile street circuit around the Pepsi Center, Rahal completed a perfect visit to the Mile High city by leading flag-to-flag and turning the fastest race lap Sunday to score his series-leading fourth victory. The win and dominant weekend also catapulted the 17-year-old son of former Champ Car champion Bobby Rahal into legitimate contention for the 2006 Atlantic title and the $2 million champion's Champ Car bonus with just two races remaining on the series schedule.

Rahal is to have a test in the coming weeks with Newman-Haas Racing. Graham is likely to move up to the Champ Car World Series for 2007.

Among the several incidents in Sunday's race was a spectacular crash that saw the car of James Davison flip over and slide upside down the racetrack after making contact with Tim Bridgman. Neither driver was injured in the accident.