Balls and Tires

Posted on: October 2, 2010 | Comments(4) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Dave

Graham Rahal was involved in two separate sets of long drives on race day in South Florida.

First, he joined LPGA Tour rookie Beatriz Recari at Keys Gate Golf Club – a strong 3-wood from Homestead-Miami Speedway – for a session on the driving range. A few hours later, Recari was Rahal’s guest at the speedway, where he introduced her to Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti for a ride in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater.

Rahal, who enjoys a round of golf when his schedule allows, was impressed with Recari’s accuracy off the tee. The native of Spain has three top-10 finishes in her initial tour season.

Beatriz Recari takes a shot

Beatriz takes a shot, Rahal follows

“Obviously, the distance is one thing but the consistency is another thing,” he said. “They were giving us things to aim for and she was ever only 5 or 10 yards off on way or another while I’m 50 or 100. I have to work on that if I want to improve my golf game. At least I know it’s not the distance I’m struggling with. It was a lot of fun to go out there, hit some balls and see where I’m lacking and see where I’m all right.”

Rahal also drew similarities between professional golf and auto racing.

“In the sense that it’s all about accuracy and our sport is definitely about that,” he said. “It’s precision and the competitiveness is huge. The training side of it, the amount they have to train and be competitive is similar to how much we have to train and practice.”
Recari noted that the ride on the 1.5-mile oval was “awesome, but too short.”

“It was an amazing experience,” she said. “I didn’t even know that a car could get that fast. It was so much fun and such a unique experience, and I am honored to have this opportunity to get driven by Mario Andretti, a legend.”


There are 4 comments for this post.

  1. beedragon on October 2, 2010 8:28 pm

    Can you explain why race control kept the race under yellow for the entire time Power was in the pits and didn’t restart until he retired?! All he did was scrape the wall – no debris – no oil, yet they wasted 10 minutes of race time. Subtle!

  2. lydiascats on October 2, 2010 10:39 pm

    beedragon, if you’d paid closer attention you’d have seen them show & talk about the fact that one of the lights on pit road signifying whether the pits were open or closed was broken and was being worked on, and that was the explanation behind the extended caution.

  3. mitch on October 3, 2010 8:46 am

    @beedragon: just like lydiascats said, they said a light was not working in the pits. Should you believe this? I don’t. I think Barnhart just wanted to get a better race so he delayed the caution as long as he could hoping Power could get back in and be competitive. Unfortunately, he couldn’t, and you couldn’t help feeling horrible for him. There is nothing harder to deal with than that.

  4. wilbur shaw fan on October 3, 2010 6:17 pm
    wilbur shaw fan

    beedragon, I was wondering the same thing and then finally Jenkins reported the pit light “story”. Funny that it was suddenly fixed when Power retired for good. With all the technology available, hard to believe they would interupt racing because a pit light was out. I’m with Mitch and not buying it either. It was a bit too Nascar yellow for us!

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