Graham Rahal and family evacuate home on ‘scariest day of our lives’ because of fire

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Already waiting on one major life event — the birth of his first child with wife Courtney Force — IndyCar driver Graham Rahal had to deal with a possibly life-changing fire during a Monday that he said was “the scariest day of our lives.”

Rahal said the Force family was evacuated from their Southern California residence because of the Blue Ridge Fire that has raged around the Yorba Linda area and burned nearly 200 acres.

According to a tweet from the Orange County Fire Authority, nearly 200 firefighters were trying to contain the Blue Ridge Fire, which so far had consumed no structures.

As of early Monday evening, Rahal said it appeared that the Force family compound had been saved by the firefighters after the fire reached the edge of the backyard.

While sending up prayers that their neighborhood would be spared from the fire, Rahal also posted a video that a firefighter took from the family yard of a plane making a pass to extinguish flames.

The fire was part of a busy week for Graham Rahal, who rushed to Southern California after finishing ninth Sunday in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that concluded the NTT IndyCar Series season.

Courtney Force tweeted photos from a maternity shoot last week and noted she was “nearing the finish line” in becoming a mother. She is due in early November.

Force’s famous racing family, whose patriarch is NHRA legend John Force, is from Southern California.

A USA Today story once described John Force’s $10-million 17,000-square-foot home in Yorba Linda as having majestic views that stretched to the coast.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.