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:
Next stop… INDY.
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) April 24, 2016
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.
— PitFit Training (@PitFitTraining) April 27, 2016
Good sport that he is, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe dropped by to cheer them on and, of course, hilarity ensued.
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) April 29, 2016
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:
Futuro piloto Indycar!!
— Carlos Munoz (@CarlosMunoz034) April 28, 2016
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.
— Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud) April 28, 2016
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.
— Racing For Cancer (@RacingForCancer) April 28, 2016