Aspiring race drivers and serious fans alike will be hard-pressed to come up with a racing topic the 25-year-old Ohioan can’t tackle from personal experience. Eleven years ago, at age 14, Rahal – grandson of sports car racer Mike Rahal and son of three-time IndyCar Series champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal – jumped from shifter karts into the fledgling Formula BMW series. In 2005, he accelerated onto what is now the Mazda Road to Indy, rocketing through the ranks before making his IndyCar debut while still a high school student in 2007. A little over one year later, in April 2008, age 19 plus 93 days, Rahal won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The youngest ever IndyCar Series race winner suddenly was an established star.
Rahal is now regarded as one of America’s most seasoned and knowledgeable racers after achieving success also in sports cars, winning the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona. This year he will focus on driving the #15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Third-generation racer Graham Rahal, a winner in both the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, is the latest Online Driving Instructor. Questions can be posted all this week. Check back after Monday, April 28 for his answers.