INDYCAR FAST SIX: WHAT’S TRENDING IN @INDYCAR (MAY 8 – MAY 14)

Published On May 15, 2016 » 1098 Views» By Cathy Kightlinger »

By Kate Shoup 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELIO

On May 10, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves turned 41 years old. To celebrate, he responded to each and every birthday greeting he received from fans on Twitter—all 594 of them (at least, that’s how many @DaveFurst counted). From all of us here at IndyCar, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELIO!

https://twitter.com/h3lio/status/730229644000149505

PIPPA POWER

Pippa Mann appeared on Forbes.com this week—the first of several stories about the tenacious Brit and fan favorite. In this installment, Pippa talks women in racing, praises her latest sponsor (BrevaGENplus, a breast cancer test) and assesses her chances in this year’s Indy 500.

TK’S NEW BIKE

The designers at Trek nailed it with this Madone 9 series bicycle, custom-painted for Tony Kanaan to commemorate the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Wonder how long it will take Tony to put 500 miles on this bike? (Answer: Not long.)

https://twitter.com/TonyKanaan/status/730017713767129089

THE FAULT IN OUR CARS

Sarah Fisher coached John Green, author of the celebrated book-turned-movie The Fault in Our Stars, on the ins and outs of driving the Chevrolet Corvette pace car. Green assumed pace-car duties for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

BEARD GOGGLES

Graham Rahal sat down with SI Now in New York. One major topic of conversation: WHAT is UP with David Letterman’s beard?

THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN PRANKING

Welcome to the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Greatest Spectacle in … Pranking? The first victim: James Hinchcliffe, who discovered the hard way that hooligans had stolen the toilet seat from his RV. But fear not: A fan has already offered to pimp out Hinch’s potty with a brand-new Night Glow toilet seat. When it glows, it flows!

 

 

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.
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