Starting last season and growing especially in this off-season, has been a trend among IndyCar personalities, those related to the sport on Twitter with disagreements. Tomas Scheckter went large going after you and people closely connected to you. What was the reaction from your media relations group at Ganassi over the event?
GRAHAM RAHAL: Things over the Internet have gotten far out of control. It's something in the past. It's not something that needs to be discussed now.
I think right now really my focus is on St. Pete and the Barber test and that type of stuff, not necessarily what happened between anybody on Twitter.
In some sports, coaches have gone as far as asking players not to post too many things on the Internet the day of the event. Has there been any of that going on?
GRAHAM RAHAL: No, there hasn't. Let's be honest. Facebook, Twitter, those things are very important these days. It's a very easy way to get your brand, my sponsor, Service Central, they're on there, to get the message across. It's also a very easy way to get the wrong message across. It's a very easy way for people to voice opinions that don't really matter.
It's something that we need to be involved in, but certainly be a little more cautious. There's certain people out there who can say whatever they want and they've got nothing to lose. Like I said, it's important for us that we use it as more of a branding tool than anything else.
You mentioned Martin Pare. When you were bouncing from team to team last year, you were working with a new team almost every event. Having Martin on board as your engineer, how does that help with a new team's learning curve?
: You know, Martin and I, we immediately hit it off in 2009 (LEFT). We got along extremely well. We had pretty good success right away. In fact, really good. We qualified on pole in two of our first three races together.
Martin is a fantastic guy. Very level-headed. Throughout all last year, we stayed in touch. I got to work with him for a few races there at the end of the season. Our car, I think we only finished out of the top 10 once for seven races or whatever it was last year. So that was a pretty strong showing. We had a good run.
We certainly both have high expectations for this year. We know each other. We can read each other. We know what each other is thinking. I think that for us it's a very easy transition to come to Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing and I hope that we can have some success together because this will be going on our third year of somewhat working together. I think for both of us, it could be a breakthrough season, so we're looking forward to it.
As a satellite team with the Ganassi organization, do you feel like you're a teammate to Dario and Scott Dixon, that you have equal access to their information also?
GRAHAM RAHAL: I wouldn't use the term "satellite team," because we're really not. It's one big team. While we're not in the same shop, that doesn't mean that we're not one four-car team. I think that we will all share data. We will all be open to what's going on with one another.
Certainly we look up to the Target cars. Those guys had a lot of success. They're our benchmark. I think they've been everybody's benchmark for the past several seasons. Really the Target cars, since the mid '90s, have been the benchmark of everybody.
We're fortunate, Charlie and I, that we have them to compare to right there. We can see what they're doing. We know what they're doing. We know if we can beat our teammates we're doing something pretty great.
I think it should be a lot of fun. Like I said, while we're not in the same shop, that doesn't mean too much. Nowadays, as everybody knows, information travels quickly. It's very easy for us to work on the same page.