Graham Rahal, the son of US motor racing legend Bobby Rahal, will drive a Formula 1 car for the very first time next month.

Rahal, who finished fifth overall in the Champ Car World Series standings this year, the youngest driver to ever manage that feat, will drive the car when the BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park visits Las Vegas from January 7-10.

"It's a great thrill for me to be driving a Formula One car even though it's not on a proper racing circuit," said the 18 year old. "It has been a dream of mine to drive an F1 car and I can't thank BMW enough for giving me this opportunity."

The BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park driver line-up will be completed by Daniel Morad. The 2007 Formula BMW USA champion will drive the Formula BMW car.

It is hoped that the BMW Sauber F1 Team's Pit Lane Park will be one of the highlights of the support programme for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas.

One of the companies represented will be Intel, the presenting sponsor of the Pit Lane Park and for many years a key presence at this trade fair for home entertainment products.

On each of the four days, the high-tech event park will be laying on a Formula 1 experience of a very special kind for CES visitors. The gates will open to the public on the Wednesday and Thursday.