Graham Rahal isn’t consciously aiming for a three-peat in the Kenny G Gold Pro-Am presented by Tire Kingdom at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Of course, being a member of the winning foursome again would be a great way to kick off the year.
On Feb. 27, Rahal and other playing partners will be paired with PGA Tour member Rickie Fowler, a motorsports fan who raced competitively in motocross, in the prelude to the Honda Classic.
Rahal prepped (“not enough,” he said) by joining new Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate James Jakes for a round of golf following the test at Sebring International Raceway last week.
“It’s a championship course so it’s cool to get the opportunity to play there,” Rahal said of PGA National. “It’s not a place that people generally get to play every day unless you are staying at the resort. It’s a very cool layout. The bear trap, which is in the back, is an extremely difficult section of three holes on the course. It will be an exciting and enjoyable time to just be with sponsors, see some fans and that sort of thing. I enjoy it quite a lot.”
The pro-am is a major fund-raiser for the Honda Classic’s charity, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
Event at Dallara facility benefits Graham Rahal Foundation
A tour of the Dallara facility on Main Street in Speedway, Ind., iRacing.com competitions, photos and autographs with drivers and more is part of a special event from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) March 9.
Proceeds from the $10 per-person admission will be directed to the Graham Rahal Foundation, benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand and Serious Fun.
Special kicks off NBC Sports Network's coverage
“Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion” will air on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. (ET) March 21. The show recounts the Andretti Autosport driver’s 2012 season and previews the 2013 season through offseason interviews and footage.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast the three rounds of qualifications for the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg live at 2:30 p.m. (ET) March 23. The next day, the Firestone Indy Lights opening race (11 a.m. ET) leads into coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series race (noon ET).
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will re-air on NBC Sports Network at midnight (ET) March 26.
Mario Andretti will serve as the honorary head judge for the third Celebration of Automobiles on May 11 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Celebration of Automobiles, scheduled for May 9-11, pays tribute to the rich heritage of automobile development at IMS for more than 100 years. May 11 also is Opening Day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. … Brian Redman, whose career as a sports car, Formula One and F5000 racer has spanned more than 40 years, will be honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club on April 18 as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend. … Firestone Indy Lights director Tony George Jr. and his wife, Michelle, welcomed a son, Harley Hulman, on Feb. 21.