Many sons dream of following their father into the family business. If your father is three-time IndyCar World Series Champion Bobby Rahal, however, it's easier said than done. Luckily for Graham Rahal, now 26, racing came naturally, even at a young age. In fact, he was determined to get into a race car cockpit years before his dad consented. Despite his father's hesitations, Graham made a quick ascent to the IndyCar series, where he currently drives the #15 car for his father's Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team. In the spirit of upcoming Father's Day, we rang Bobby and Graham to talk about following in your Dad's very fast footsteps, even when he's not so crazy about the idea.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nWhat are the origins of the Rahal racing legacy?Bobby Rahal: My father was an amateur racer. A good driver, but certainly not professional. He never got to the heights of the sport by any means.Did you or your dad ever have dreams of a racing dynasty?BR: No, nothing like the Andrettis, where there are generations of professional drivers and it's kind of like the family business. In our case, the family business was the food business, which is my father's business. So there was not much expectation on people's parts in regards to my racing. But for Graham it was going to be a different story.By the time Graham came around you had already won many races and were very successful. When did he start showing interest, or did you push him in the direction before he was even interested?BR: If you knew Graham when he was three years old, you would not be surprised as to where he is today. His nickname was "The Shadow" because he was stuck to my hip. There was no question in anybody's mind, let alone my own, that Graham wanted to drive race cars. But to be honest, I was not very supportive of that because I didn't want him to feel that he had to live up to something.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nGraham, what do you remember about hanging out with your dad in the early days?Graham Rahal: My dad always has been \u2014 and will be \u2014 my hero. I idolized him and it just didn't matter where I was, or what I was doing, as long as I was at the racetrack, by his side. So yeah, I became commonly referred to as "The Shadow," and I really never left his side.When did you know you wanted to race?GR: Well, there's a video of me when I was three or four years old at a bowling alley, saying there were two things I wanted to be. I either want to be a race car driver, or a professional golfer, and those are my two biggest passions.Was following in your dad's very large footsteps ever a concern in your mind?GR: I wouldn't say it was a concern. Like I said, my dad is a very logical person. He sees the bigger picture of life, how are my kids going to live up to my name? It's not an ego thing, it's just a reality. He never wanted any of us to feel that certain pressure to have to do that. Now, once I convinced him, then he was there, all hands on deck.Though reluctant at first, your dad finally got you a go-kart at nine years old. What did you do to convince him?GR: I'd go onto the go-karting websites and look up the prices of go-karts and I'd print everything out and come up with all the spare parts list and dad would always laugh at me. Finally, one day my brother Jared and I said, "You know, we want to do this together." So dad went out and bought us a trailer. I'll never forget it: It was a tiny grey trailer, probably only like a little 12-foot enclosed trailer, and Jared and I put it in the garage. We were only 10 and 11 years old. But we painted the whole inside of the trailer, and a buddy helped us hang-up go-kart tire racks and stuff. We built this whole thing together. That's why dad kind of let us do it, because it was also a learning experience as we went along.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\n\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nWhat kind of tips did your dad give you as you were growing in the racing world up?GR: Well, he's like any dad, trying to give advice all along the way. You need to drive like this, you need to do that, but it was hard to listen to as a kid. Nowadays I obviously listen more because I'm older and I realize he's right. I wish that I had listened to him a bit more . Now working together, I certainly get my ear full pretty often.Aside from the obvious connections in the racing world and name recognition, has having a race car driver dad improved your career, or hindered it?GR: Good and bad. I mean, I do think it's helped in certain ways. It's a double-edged sword. It'd be like being Jack Nicklaus' kid, right? They expect, "Your name is Rahal, so you ought to be as good as Bobby. Why wouldn't you be? You're his son." They don't think about all the other factors that go into success, which is all the other people that are around you.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nIs there any way you wish you were more or less like your dad?GR: He and I both get pretty fiery at times. Sometimes I wish I didn't have that temperament, but I've been better at controlling it this year. No, I can't really think that way. I respect everything my dad's done in life. He's a great man on and off the track. He's very successful through our car dealerships in the automotive world. He's a guy who sees the bigger picture in life and I just hope that people will view me as the same when the time comes.Do you and your dad ever get out on the track and race against one another?GR: Never.Never?GR: Never have, never will. No, Dad's enjoying his phase in life that he's at currently and I'm enjoying mine. We do a lot together, a lot of sponsorship work and all these things together. We get plenty of time and don't need to be out beating each other up on a race track.That said, who is a better driver, you or your dad?GR: You know, from the record standpoint, you'd say he is, for sure. But I've got to say, I think we're both very similar. It's weird because fans wouldn't realize this, but there's guys that are late brakers. There are guys that never have the ultimate pace, but are the most consistent and they win races off of being smart, and I'd say that's more kind of us. I'm a late-braking driver and he was, too. As a kid, he always told me, "I may not have been the most talented guy, but I outsmarted everybody." That's kind of the way I try to think, too, when I drive. So it is funny that we are very similar in that way.* This article is part of The Code, an editorial partnership between Esquire and Ford F-150.