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.
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) April 12, 2016
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.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) April 13, 2016
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.
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) April 14, 2016
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.
— Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) April 13, 2016
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!