IndyCar’s Graham Rahal, NHRA’s Courtney Force engaged

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Graham Rahal couldn’t wait for Christmas.

While vacationing in Venice, Italy with girlfriend Courtney Force, Rahal decided to pop the question a month early.

And it ultimately proved to be a very special Thanksgiving, as IndyCar star driver Rahal gave thanks that NHRA Funny Car star Force said “yes.”

Both drivers announced their engagement on Twitter. The couple, which has been dating for about 18 months, has not announced a wedding date yet.

Courtney, 26, is the youngest of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force and earlier this year won the 100th event in NHRA history won by a female driver.

Graham, 25, drives for and is the son of 3-time CART champ and 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, who is co-owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing IndyCar team.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

It makes you wonder if Ricky Stenhouse Jr., part of motorsport’s other young power couple, will now feel the pressure to pop the question to girlfriend and fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick for Christmas or not.

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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”