The National Guard driver will be an online driving instructor with SAFEisFAST.com
SAFEisFAST.com has a new online driving instructor and it’s Graham Rahal, son of Road Racing Driver’s Club (RRDC) president Bobby Rahal and driver of the No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone Indy car in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Rahal will be answering questions from prospective and upcoming drivers about his experiences on and off the track.
The “Ask a Pro” segment of the website, which has support from the FIA Institute and is presented by Honda will be Rahal’s domain through Sunday, April 27, when the driver will be trying to earn his second career INDYCAR race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Rahal’s answers to questions will be posted for the following two weeks.
There are an infinite number of questions that can be posed to the 25-year-old Ohio native, who has been driving cars for 11 years. When he was only 14 Rahal jumped from karts to the Formula BMW series and then joined what is now the Mazda Road to Indy. He made his INDYCAR debut in 2007 while still a high school student and famously missed his prom to race.
Rahal’s recent racing education has included time in the unfamiliar world of drag racing, as he’s been dating Courtney Force, the daughter of 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion John Force. Courtney Force, a winning and accomplished Funny Car driver in her own right, and her family have been educating Graham on the different ways that NHRA approaches the entertainment aspect of the sport.
“From the driver’s perspective, you look at the way they do a lot of things. I look at safety and there’s a lot for me to think about from that angle. I also look at the way they do hospitality and the fan engagement. Those are all things that are of interest to me.”
Considered a knowledgeable racer, due to his career in the Indy cars and also because of his successful foray into sports car racing, having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2011, Rahal is excited to be an online instructor at SAFEisFAST.com. “I was exposed to a lot (in racing) growing up, but I know most people don’t have that advantage, don’t have parents who can give them advice on how to go racing, how to do PR, media and all that leads to success in this sport.