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Off the Wall With: Graham Rahal

In the spotlight this week: Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal.

What’s fun besides racing?

Graham Rahal: Pretty much my life. If I’m not IndyCar racing, I’m here with Courtney (Force; fiancée), but fun for me is probably golf, college football. I’m a big Ohio State Buckeye fan. In fact, Courtney would tell you I watch way too much football. It really frustrates her.

What’s the top item on your bucket list?

Rahal: I’d like to go to an Olympics at some point. I think that would be something pretty cool to experience, to see. But I feel like winning an Indy 500 is my one bucket list item.

Your go-to on movie night is:

Rahal: Courtney pretty much picks. If it were me I’d say some good action film like Lone Survivor, Captain Phillips or Zero Dark Thirty. Any of those good action ones, but hers would be like Breakfast at Tiffany’s or something like that.

What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?

Rahal: Probably avocado or egg white or something healthy. On the unhealthy side, if you’ve never had any, Kona Brewing Company makes a Big Wave beer, it’s pretty unreal so that’s probably in there too.

Most memorable fan interaction?

Rahal: Probably Milwaukee, I’m going to say 2012, I’m sitting there and this kid comes running up to me “Sign my forehead! Sign my forehead!?” I’m like hold on a second, that’s probably not something I should be doing. Mom came up and said “Yeah, go ahead, do it all you want,” so I signed this kid’s forehead. It felt like it was straight out of the movie Talladega Nights, but it’s happened.

What’s fun besides racing? What’s the top item on your bucket list? Your go-to on movie night: One item that’s always in your grocery bag? Most memorable fan interaction:
Cole Whitt Fishing Visiting Bora Bora God’s Not Dead Ground Turkey Getting called by the wrong name
Joey Logano

 

 

Nothing Winning a Martinsville clock Miracle Yogurt Signing an arm so they could have it tattooed on
Ron Capps Watching other racing Going into space Something with Will Ferrell in it A receipt Visiting the Zoo at Brainerd
Casey Mears Playing with my kids Winning another Sprint Cup race Good Will Hunting Eggs Meeting with U.S. soldiers
Alexis DeJoria Family adventures Bungee jumping Something horror or sci fi Vegetable juices A fan who cried when she met me
Ryan Newman Anything outdoors Nothing-enjoy life every day! Tombstone Bread Anytime a kid asks a question
David Gilliland Riding 4-wheelers Deep-sea fishing in Alaska Days of Thunder Bananas Getting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
Fast Jack Beckman Surfing Skydiving Any movie, especially action or sci-fi Bananas Hanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling
Brad Keselowski Personal growth Winning another Cup title Forrest Gump Flowers for my girlfriend All of them-it’s not fair to rate them!
Spencer Massey Traveling and driving Winning an NHRA Mello Yello title Caddyshack Frozen pizzas Their reaction to Gatornationals win
Brendan Gaughan Kids SCUBA diving in the Galapagos Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess Bride Toilet paper Too many to choose from
J.R. Todd

 

Hanging with high school buddies Winning an NHRA championship Get Hard Water There’s one oddball at every race…
Landon Cassill Anything outside Visiting Europe Game of Thrones on Netflix Avocados A little girl named Riley
Del Worsham Boating Nothing; done it all A drama Milk Sharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them
Austin Dillon Playing soccer Flying an F-16 fighter jet Top Gun Coca-Cola Signing a baby
Richard Childress Something outdoors Winning another Cup championship Something with Clint Eastwood Childress Vineyards wine A lot of them!
Morgan Shepherd Roller skating Getting the No. 89 in some more races Doesn’t watch movies Broccoli and carrots A girl who wanted her underwear signed
Matt DiBenedetto Driving my Corvette and playing raquetball Racing in the Sprint Cup Series Days of Thunder Steak Whenever people appreciate you
Carl Edwards Backpacking Winning the Cup championship / base jumping Smokey and the Bandit Cereal…lots of cereal When little kids come up who love the sport
Matt Hagan Farming Taking part in a tractor pull American Sniper Steak Having someone propose in the pits
Ward Burton Being away from the track Knowing family is in a good place Military documentaries 6-pack of Yuengling All the kids
John Hunter Nemechek Wake surfing Winning a Sprint Cup championship American Sniper Fruit Anything with the younger generation
Justin Allgaier Wake surfing and golfing right now Skydiving American Sniper or Frozen Fruit One lady almost passed out, she was so excited
Tony Schumacher Harley riding Skydiving in a squirrel suit Mr. Destiny Pretzels Make-A-Wish kids
Josh Wise Playing with kids Wining a Sprint Cup race Something funny Almond butter or peanut butter A random message from a teacher in England
Matt Kenseth Nothing Doing things with the kids Not much time to watch TV Katie does the shopping! A guy who asked to have his girlfriend’s underwear signed
Alex Bowman Working on cars Road trip through Europe Entourage on TV Doc 360 Riding through the campground at Martinsville
Daniel Hemric Working on race cars Skydive solo Days of Thunder Gum Visiting a children’s hospital
John Force Racing with granddaughter Autumn Win another championship Mad Max Toothpaste, champagne, and energy drink Autographing a pig
Sam Hornish, Jr. Projects, especially with daughters Hiking the Appalachian Trail The Departed Monster Being cussed out for refusing to sign a body part
Graham Rahal Golf & college football Winning the Indianapolis 500 Fiancée Courtney usually picks! Kona Big Wave Beer Signing a kid’s forehead

 

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