Recently I was hired by Autoweek magazine to do a portrait of professional race car drivers Graham Rahal and Courtney Force. While they are both successful drivers on their own, the thing that makes this such a fun story and such a fun assignment is that they are also a couple. However, the story is also a little more than two drivers dating. They also both come from a family of racing excellence. Courtney’s father, John Force, is the best funny car racer of all time and Graham’s father Bobby Rahal has won the greatest spectacle in auto racing, the Indianapolis 500 as well as being a champion CART driving and having raced in everything from Formula 1 to NASCAR in his career.
We shot images at Graham’s home in Indianapolis as well as at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If we had more time, I would have loved to have been able to do a set of portraits at Indy Race Park to put them on a drag strip as well to highlight Courtney’s racing profession. Hopefully we can make that happen at some point in the future!
Another exciting thing about this story came as the issue was about to go to press when Graham and Courtney got engaged during a vacation in Europe. They are two of the nicest individuals and as powerful as they are great together and I certainly wish them the best. Cant wait to see what the coming seasons have in store for both of them!
Check out the story and additional photos over at Autoweek.