"There are a lot of opinions out there ... and from people who aren't qualified to give them," former racer and team owner Bobby Rahal said Tuesday. "This stuff happens, especially when you are pressing the boundaries. These are the fastest race cars on earth, and there is a high level of risk to it. But it is what it is. People are always looking for any little hiccup to make a mountain out of a molehill."
"Graham, being an American and he's always felt very patriotic to his country, will be a great spokesman and I think that was an important element," Bobby Rahal told AP. "But you also want to make sure the driver is competitive. Nationality is important, but you've got to deliver the goods."