EXCLUSIVE Column: Graham Rahal - Our first podium of ’09...Now we need momentum
Toronto should be good. I raced Champ Car there in 2007 and we had a nightmare, but in Atlantics the year before I was pretty dominant until Matos decided to drive into me! So I’m looking forward to going back, and Edmonton should be good too: that was one of our better road course showings last year. Those two places play to our team’s strengths.
Truth be told, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t finish fifth in the championship this year, best of the non-Penske/non-Ganassi cars, so that’s what I’m focused on right now. We have that potential, but for one reason or another, we’re only ninth at the moment. Breaking into the top four by season’s end would take a bit of luck. Penske and Ganassi are so on top of their games this year, it’s hard to compete, let alone beat them. But these next few races should be Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing’s best chance of doing that, so we’ll be giving nothing less than 100 percent, believe me.
Before I sign off, one more thing. There’s a bunch of rumors around about the USF1 project and various young American drivers, including me, so just to put you in the picture. Formula 1 is definitely something that interests me, and I’d feel a lot of pride to race there, whether it was with USF1 or any Formula 1 team. But the biggest thing for me is making sure it’s the right opportunity. I don’t want to go to Formula 1 just to be there, just so I can say Graham Rahal, Formula 1 driver!
I’d also want to make sure that F1 has the right atmosphere, because I hear some horror stories about that. My belief is that if you’re not having fun doing what you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all, and quite frankly I thoroughly enjoy racing Indy cars. What I’m saying is, I don’t want to go to F1 and be miserable.
The most fun you can have in racing is winning – and right now, I’d like to have more fun…
Speak to you again soon.