Graham Rahal to visit Letterman, Rachael Ray shows

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Before this week’s IZOD IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal will make an appearance on one of his co-owner’s TV shows.

Young Rahal, now driving for his father Bobby’s team full-time, joins the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday to deliver the nightly “Top 10” list.

The Wednesday show is the night before the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament starts, so the show should air as normally scheduled.

He is also scheduled to appear on the Rachael Ray Show as well, this week.

Rahal moves to RLL this year after two years driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Service Central sponsorship.

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden quickest again in second practice at Road America

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Josef Newgarden continued to be quickest around Road America, first this morning and again this afternoon in the second practice session for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix.

Newgarden had a best lap in the second session of 1:42.6279, followed by rookie Robert Wickens (1:42.9025), Sebastien Bourdais (1:43.0020), Will Power (1:43.0545) and teammate Simon Pagenaud (1:43.1599).

Sixth through 10th were Graham Rahal (1:43.1995), Scott Dixon (1:43.4212), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:43.4755), Takuma Sato (1:43.5410) and Marco Andretti (1:43.6221).

One significant incident of note occurred during the session when Alfonso Celis Jr., making his IndyCar debut this weekend, lost control coming out of a turn and slammed into the tire wall, causing damage to his suspension.

The third and final practice session of the weekend will be Saturday at Noon E.T., followed by qualifying later in the afternoon.

The race will take the green flag on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. ET. It will be televised live on NBCSN.

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