Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: all they want for Christmas is…

Published On December 23, 2015 » 3956 Views» By Cathy Kightlinger »

Santa’s “Naughty” and “Nice” lists are a mystery, so it’s hard to know where the Verizon IndyCar drivers’ names land. Assuming the best of them, though, we asked for their holiday gift wishes.

New Dale Coyne Racing driver Conor Daly got everything he asked for when the team gave him a full-time ride for the 2016 season earlier this month. Though he says that’s enough, Daly did offer up a few more suggestions, if you want to know. An IO Hawk hoverboard would be great, he said, “because they’re awesome.” A Halo 5 Edition ASTROGaming headset would be cool because “I play way too much Xbox,” he added. And Indianapolis Star newspaper clippings, including its illustration of the 2015 Indianapolis 500 starting grid, would also be a good gift.

“I collect those but didn’t get this year’s for some reason,” said Daly.

Daly and his family (including his mother, Beth, and step-father, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles) spent time this week in Colorado:

The others:

Driver: 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon

What he wants: New floor mats for his Chevy Tahoe.

Why: IndyCar drivers don’t roll with wet, muddy trucks.

Dixon and daughters, Poppy and Tilly:

Driver: 2000 and 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya

What he wants (and already got): I have a few new remote control planes and cars. There’s one that’s an off-road car and one that’s for the road. They both go about 60 mph.

Why: Those are some cool toys.

Driver: Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves

What he wants: I’m hoping that Santa brings me a championship in 2016.

Why: I’ve been so close so many times and I’m sure I’ve been a good boy this year. Other than that, I’m happy to be healthy and still have the fire inside me to do my best.

Driver: 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves

What he wants: Automatic tennis ball launching machines.

Why: Milo (my dog) can be entertained and not keep me throwing him the ball for eight hours straight on weekends.

Driver: AJ Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth

What he wants: Liverpool Football Club to start winning more games.

The reason: So they can climb up the league table!

Driver: Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud

What he wants: I would like Darth Vader pajamas with matching slippers, a rally game for my new Xbox that my super-cool lady (Hailey McDermott) bought me and a Korthal Griffon puppy.

Driver: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe, who was seriously injured in Indianapolis 500 practice in 2015

What he wants: I have my health, amazing friends and family and my dream job. I don’t need anything. For Christmas, I want people to do something for someone else. Donate blood. Volunteer. Random act of kindness. Doesn’t matter.

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.

I enjoyed what James Hinchcliffe had to say. He is very happy to have his health and continues to recover. He is a thoughtful person. Always thinking of others before himself just like his hero Greg Moore. Good on him What a very Canadian thing to say.