Published On April 15, 2016 » 1141 Views» By Cathy Kightlinger »

While the five winningest Indy car drivers of all time were honored in the contemporary Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile section of Los Angeles this week on #IndyCarLegends night, another racing icon was earning more accolades in Italy.

Two-time Indy car champion Alex Zanardi, a double amputee from a 2001 crash, won the Acea Rome Marathon on April 10 using his handcycle with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 15 seconds. It beat Zanardi’s own race record set in 2012 and makes the 49-year-old inspiration a five-time winner of Italy’s premier distance event.

On its Twitter feed, the marathon declared Zanardi “The King of Rome.” Congratulations, Alex. We know. It’s good to be king.


Because one king isn’t good enough, the kings of the INDYCAR road were highlighted in a new #INDYRIVALS video ahead of this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It tells us to “tighten your belts” and “shut your visor.” It’s so badass that we reach for the visor we don’t really have.

Graham Rahal returned to the Rich Eisen Show like a boss, having University of Michigan alum Eisen make good on a bet by wearing a football jersey and hat of Rahal’s beloved Ohio State on the show after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines in football last fall. Rahal Instagrammed the embarrassment and Eisen Tweeted it and they agreed to re-up the bet next season.

On the fashion front, Indy car drivers always have stylish eyewear and this week’s looks are no exception.

My nomination for the coolest shades goes to this tweet posted by Marco Andretti – if he wasn’t in a firesuit, I’d say he looks a little like a movie director.

Not to be outdone, Josef Newgarden’s clear Oakleys looked cool at this week’s Detroit Tigers game, where he threw out the first pitch while promoting the June 3-5 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix weekend.

That afternoon at the ballpark must have left Newgarden feeling a little philosophical because he began pontificating about hipsters and their place in American culture.


Maybe we should take a poll in the INDYCAR paddock. Plenty of hipsters there!

About The Author

Cathy Kightlinger

Cathy Kightlinger began telling stories about Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and their families in 2010 while writing a culture column for The Indianapolis Star. She loves open-wheel racing, popular culture and lifestyle news so she joined the IndyCar staff in 2014 to combine all of those interests. Her blog, #TrackChat, will tell you what happens when drivers get out of their race cars – what they wear, listen to, eat, read, and more. She lives in Indianapolis.