Back for a fourth IndyCar season, the "Turns for Troops" program, sponsored by United Rentals, helps American Military veterans with major injuries while serving their country. The program funds access to education, state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs and technologies that address a variety of combat-related injuries. Through Turns for Troops, United Rentals donates $50 to SoldierStrong, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping American military veterans, for every lap by No. 15 driver Graham Rahal during each race season.
Small goods. Large impact. From this simple ethos, SoldierStrong began its journey of helping service men and women through theirs. Along the way, they've developed into an organization with a national profile that now stands at the forefront of non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s heroes.
Although they've since left sock drives and care packages behind to tackle new challenges, SoldierStrong remains committed to its founding principles: providing our patriots with the resources and support they need to overcome obstacles new and old. While the goods that they now provide – state-of-the-art medical devices and educational opportunities at some of our nation’s most prestigious institutions – are in no way small, their impact continues to be outsized.
Graham Rahal grew up attending race events around the world with his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time IndyCar champion Bobby Rahal and cut his teeth in karting and moved up through feeder series to Indy car racing. In 2008, a victory at St. Petersburg – in his IndyCar Series debut – made him the youngest winner in a major auto racing history at 19 years, 93 days old. He also co-drove the winning car in the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race. He earned wins at Auto Club Speedway and Mid-Ohio in 2015 and was second in the series point standings heading into the double-points-paying season finale in Sonoma but was hit from behind and ultimately finished 18th. He earned a series-high six podium finishes en route to a career-best rank of fourth place in IndyCar Series standings.