“IndyCar Chronicles” launches with look at Graham Rahal (VIDEO)

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For the Verizon IndyCar Series, a recurring issue over the years has been the inability to get the casual observer hooked into becoming a regular follower of the sport.

But perhaps their new online video series, “IndyCar Chronicles,” can help in that regard. First up in the series is Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 National Guard Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

As MST has detailed over the offseason, Rahal appears to have everything in place to finally make the big step: An overhauled team, a big sponsor in the Guard, and a motivation to emerge from a 2013 campaign that he calls the worst of his career.

“Last year was the closest I ever came to losing confidence,” Rahal says in the first episode of Chronicles. “That was, by far, the hardest year of my career.

“I was so uncomfortable in the race car every single weekend. It was hard to be confident. Every week, you were getting beat down and beat down. It was difficult to keep your head up.”

But with Rahal looking solid so far in St. Pete, it looks like better days may be ahead.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”