Graham Rahal Wins Atlantic Pole After Setting Track Record in Denver

DENVER, Colorado (August 12, 2006) - There must be something about qualifying on the streets of Denver that brings out the best in Atlantic teenagers. For the second consecutive season a 17-year-old rookie will start up front in the Mile-High city following Saturday's final round of qualifying for the Grand Prix of Denver Atlantic race. Last season, it was Alan Sciuto who won the pole on the Pepsi Center street circuit at age 17 to become the youngest-ever polewinner in 32 years of Atlantic racing. Saturday, Graham Rahal lived the teen dream on the 1.657-mile course, breaking his own track record while earning his fourth pole position in the 2006 Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda.

Rahal, former Champ Car champion Bobby Rahal's 17-year-old son, has been nearly flawless over the first two days of competition in Denver. He shattered the old Atlantic track record on Friday while leading first-round qualifying. Saturday, he raised the bar another level. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing rookie led the morning practice session and once the green flag flew for final qualifying, he once again assumed control. Rahal broke his own record time on just his eighth qualifying lap, running an impressive orbit of 1:06.798 (89.302 mph) on an older set of Yokohama ADVAN tires.