NTT IndyCar Series regular Graham Rahal will return to IMSA competition and race for Acura Team Penske in the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta next month, the team confirmed in a press release Wednesday.
Rahal will be teamed up with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi and replace fellow IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi, who will be in Australia that weekend competing in the Bahurst 1000.
“It will be great to team up with Helio and Ricky again as they close out the season and we’ll be working to get the best possible result to help Acura lock up several championships that weekend,” Rahal said in the press release. “I really enjoyed working with Acura and everyone at Team Penske last year and I have missed racing with them this season. But when this opportunity came up for Petit Le Mans, it was an easy decision. I hope I can help them win one of the biggest races of the year.”
Rahal previously raced with Castroneves and Taylor in three endurance events last season, with a best finish of fifth in the Petit Le Mans after leading 128 laps.
Acura Team Penske will be attempting to win both the driver’s and team’s titles at Road Atlanta next month, with the No. 6 ARX-05 of Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron currently sitting first in the point standings, seven points ahead of the Action Express duo of Felipe Nasar and Pipo Derani.
Acura will also be attempting to win the Manufacturers’ Championship, with a current five-point lead over Cadillac in the standings.
The Motul Petit Le Mans takes place on Saturday, October 12, with live race coverage beginning at 12 p.m. ET on NBC.