Rahal joins April Fool's fun with surprise announcement

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Don't call it a comeback, but you can call it a pretty good April Fool's joke.

IndyCar team owner Bobby Rahal announced a return to racing Tuesday morning, saying in a press release from his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team he was coming out of retirement to drive in the Indianapolis 500 next month.

"I really wanted to be part of the special field of drivers competing in this year's Indy 500 and felt that this was the last possible chance for me to do so," the release read.

The 61-year-old Rahal, who won the 1986 Indy 500 as a driver and captured another win as a team owner in 2004, hasn't driven since he retired in 1998.

"I look at this as a statement for senior citizens everywhere that it's not too late to pursue your dreams. If Kurt Busch can give it a try and Jacques Villeneuve and Juan Pablo Montoya can come back after so many years away, why not me?" the release continued.

The statement said Rahal was going to drive the No. 61 car, to match his age.

While most race fans were mindful of the April 1 date and the timing of the release, the story turned a few heads in the racing world.

Then again, as of Tuesday evening, the racing team or its owner had yet to admit that it was all in jest.