Robert W. Rahal, 1975
B.A., Denison University
Citation awarded June, 1994
Robert W. Rahal is a superstar in the world of IndyCar racing. He has won more than 24 races, including the Indianapolis 500, and is a three-time IndyCar Champion, one of only two three-time PPG IndyCar champs. He was also the first racer to earn more than $1 million in a single season. Affectionately known as ‘Mario” as an undergraduate, he organized road rallies for students and was already driving in sanctioned races. Denison alumni throughout the nation have experienced a vicarious pride in his accomplishments.
In 1992, Bobby formed his own Indy team and moved it to Columbus. As each component of a racing car has become more technical, Bobby has become the manager of a very skilled and interactive team. Each part is critical to success which makes the introduction of a new car a huge and exciting challenge both as a driver and as a businessman. Additionally, he owns automobile dealerships in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Dayton, Ohio and has plans to open others.
In 1988, Bobby received the Governor’s Award for his contributions to the State of Ohio. He is very active in the Columbus community and supports numerous Columbus-area charities. He serves on the Board of Trustees of I KNOW I CAN, an organization devoted to helping deserving students. He was recently elected to the Board of Huntington BancShares.
He and his wife, Debi, and their four children are building a new home in New Albany, Ohio.