Published On April 29, 2016 » 1763 Views» By Cathy Kightlinger »

As Verizon IndyCar Series teams packed up after Simon Pagenaud’s nail-biter of a win at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, attention turned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be run on May 14 and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is on May 29. It’s a track most drivers consider home. With a cyber-nod to that, @IndyCar tweeted:

A few drivers made it to Indy early this week, participating in NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” The set, a treacherous-looking obstacle course, was set up on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. And when three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden, one of the series’ young stars, tried their skills on it, their Twitter feeds exploded.

Good sport that he is, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe dropped by to cheer them on and, of course, hilarity ensued.

Some of the other drivers were enjoying this week’s break in Indy car action with a slower pace. We’re not sure what Andretti Autosport driver Carlos Munoz was doing when he photographed this guy in a kart, but it’s your Daily Dose of Cute:

Series points leader Pagenaud appeared to be taking it easy, too – at least a little bit. He was trying to figure out how to watch teammate Castroneves on “American Ninja Warrior.” Unfortunately, he’ll have to wait until June 13, when the episode airs on NBC.

But when the Verizon IndyCar Series arrives en masse in Indianapolis in a few days, drivers will have packed schedules of practice, racing, appearances and parties. One of the most popular soirees is 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter Reay’s Yellow Party. The event that he co-hosts with wife Beccy raises money for his successful foundation Racing For Cancer.

They were promoting the May 26 party on Twitter this week.


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.