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St. Pete

Team Manager Mitch Davis on St. Pete: “After a productive Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park, we’re in a great spot heading into the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opener on the streets of St. Petersburg. Graham did a great job and Charlie learned a lot. We’re looking forward to getting the No. 38 Service Central Honda Dallara and the No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen Honda Dallara to the track.”

Graham Rahal and the No. 38 Service Central Team

Meet Rahal at Tire Kingdom: Rahal will be signing autographs at Tire Kingdom in Largo, Florida from 6-7 PM on Friday, March 25th. Fans will have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the March 27th IZOD IndyCar season-opening race – the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Tire Strategy: The No. 38 Service Central car will support Tire Kingdom, Service Central’s Florida retail center, this weekend. Tire Kingdom offers quality brand tires and comprehensive automotive services performed by ASE-certified technicians at all 198 locations in Florida. For more information, please visit www.tirekingdom.com.

Barber Open Test Recap: Day one of testing at Barber Motorsports Park, Rahal turned 36 laps in the No. 38 Service Central Honda Dallara with a best time of 1:13:13. Day two of testing, Rahal turned 43 laps with a best time of 1:12:98.

Rahal on Barber Open Test: “Overall, a really good day for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing. The No. 38 Service Central Honda ran great; we just didn't get to have a new tire run there at the end. We’re looking forward to starting the season.”

Comfortable at St. Pete: In 2008, Rahal drove to victory lane at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete for the first time and became the youngest driver to win a race in INDYCAR history. In 2010, Rahal drove from the 16th starting position to a 9th place finish.

Rahal on St. Pete: “I love everything about St. Pete. Obviously, it’s been very good place to me. I feel very comfortable; not only the track but the atmosphere. It’s a very fun environment. Those are what make race weekends so enjoyable, so every year going there it’s at the top of my list. We’ve always had good runs there.”

Graham Rahal, One to Watch: Rahal was announced as the driver for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing on December 16th in Indianapolis. Rahal’s open wheel career to date consists of 59 starts, 2 poles and 1 victory. This season he will try and add to Chip Ganassi Racings’ open wheel tallies of 714 starts, 70 poles and 80 victories.

One-for-One: In January, Rahal celebrated his first GRAND-AM Rolex 24 At Daytona victory in his first race with the team. Rahal’s victory came 30 years after his father Bobby won the event in 1981.

Rahal, the Golfer: The IZOD IndyCar Series season kicks off this weekend, but Rahal already brought home two wins in 2011. In January, Rahal went to Victory Lane at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. In early March, Rahal he played in the Honda Classic Pro-Am golf tournament for Service Central. His team, Tadanobu Nagumo, Takao Oishi, Larry Day and pro golfer Nick Price ended up with the lowest net score and won the tournament.

-gr/cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Tags ganassi racing, indycar, rahal, st. pete