Published On April 8, 2016 » 2278 Views» By Cathy Kightlinger »

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers packed their bags and traveled to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to test their race cars on its famous oval this week. It was the first opportunity this season to take a spin around the track – a place that brings out their softer sides … sort of:

Some even took to social media to proclaim their affection.

Scott Dixon, the reigning series champion who is the guy to try to beat at every race, has an accomplished past and a bright future. So much so that the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver showed off a bit of his fashion sense this week, wearing a pair of Oakley Latch shades and tweeting about it:

Traveling to Indianapolis on an American Airlines flight, South Floridians Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves mugged for the camera. The champions didn’t miss the opportunity to brag a little, too:

In Indy, Will Power took Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen for a spin in an Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis-marked Chevrolet Camaro. A few days after getting the keys from the Team Penske driver and 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Allen tweeted that he had, at that point, avoided speeding tickets.


Before arriving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud traveled to another famed sporting facility: Lambeau Field, where he was photographed next to the big feet of the giant Vince Lombardi statue and proclaimed on Twitter that he’s ready for Green Bay Packers tryouts. No word on whether the Frenchman picked up a cheesehead (or would that be “fromage”-head?) hat.


And Dale Coyne Racing driver Conor Daly turned nostalgic for #TBT, posting an old karting photo of him and Ed Carpenter Racing driver Josef Newgarden battling it out. They were such little guys back then!

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.