Graham Rahal and Courtney Force

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and NHRA driver Courtney Force announced their engagement via Twitter on Nov. 27.

The couple, which started dating late last year, were in Venice, Italy, when they made their announcement.

"Happily engaged to my best friend & lady of my dreams," Rahal tweeted. "Can't wait to share our lives together."

Rahal, who turns 26 on Jan. 4, completed his second season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team co-owned by his father, Bob. In 2008, the native of New Albany, Ohio, became the youngest winner of an Indy car race in his first Verizon IndyCar Series start (April 4 at St. Petersburg) and the next year became the youngest Verizon IndyCar Series pole winner (April 5 at St. Petersburg). He placed 19th in the championship standings this season.

Force, 26, of California, is a race-winning Funny Car driver and the youngest daughter of John Force, the most successful drag racer in history. Her May victory at the Kansas Nationals was the milestone 100th win by a female driver in NHRA history.