Rahal Testing at Indy

Lotus Dragon Racing driver Katherine Legge joined Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race competitors in Long Beach, Calif., on April 3 to promote the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13-15.

“I’m really looking forward to that one,” said Legge, an IZOD IndyCar Series rookie who won the 2005 Atlantic Championship race on the scenic temporary street circuit and competed there in Champ Car in 2006 and ’07.

Katherine Legge in Long BeachActors, performers and athletes compete against professional race car driver in the 10-lap sprint around the 1.97-mile circuit in identical race-ready Scion tCs. The green flag waves with the pros – this year including Firestone Indy Lights driver Bryan Clauson -- starting 24 seconds behind the celebrity field.

The charity event benefits Racing For Kids.

The field includes Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, radio and TV host Adam Carolla, actor Eddie Cibrian (“CSI: Miami”), reality TV star Brody Jenner, and “Good Day LA” anchor Jillian Barberie Reynolds (at left interviewing Legge).

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The race is April 14, complementing IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights qualifications and the numerous off-track activities for ticket buyers.

Put this on your April 14 calendar whether you're at the venue or at your home in Rio de Janiero: an Ortsbo Live & Global event with Rubens Barrichello and Tony Kanaan at 4 p.m. (local). James Hinchcliffe will host, so you know the program will be light. 

36 hours in the life of Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing car, is featured on the next episode of “INDYCAR 36,” which will air at 3 p.m. (ET) April 15 on NBC Sports Network – leading in to the network’s coverage of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Rahal advanced four spots relative to his qualifying position to finish fourth in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 1. Tony Kanaan of KV Racing Technology was the subject of the first “INDYCAR 36,” which provides behind-the-scenes views of drivers leading up to the race.

The show also airs multiple times in the week following each IZOD IndyCar Series race on NBC Sports Network. Check local listings.

Carpenter helps students learn dangers of impaired, distracted driving

Ed Carpenter at U of IIZOD IndyCar Series team owner/driver Ed Carpenter on April 3 demonstrated to University of Indianapolis Wellness Class students how an impaired and distracted (texting) driving experience takes place with the “One Simple Decision” Virtual Driver program.

One Simple Decision uses high-definition video scenes with the latest gaming technology and thought-provoking questions.

The program was established through IU Health at Methodist Hospital Trauma Services and ThinkFirst, a brain and spinal cord injury prevention program. Get more info about the program HERE.

Of note

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s Josef Newgarden is the first Online Driving Instructor for Safe is Fast -- an initiative created by the Road Racing Drivers Club. Ask a question at http://safeisfast.com/. The project will allow race car drivers to receive advice and will feature a new Online Driving Instructor every two weeks through September. Coming up are Dario Franchitti, JR Hildebrand, James Hinchcliffe. ... Will Power, winner of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, will be featured in an ad in the April 4 edition of USA Today. ... Get your tickets HERE to INDYCAR Night at the Pacers for games April 6 against Oklahoma City and April 7 against Boston.