If you’re not following the #INDYCARautographbattle, you’re missing out. The above picture is from one of the many videos posted between Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and James Hinchcliffe this week.
One thing to appreciate about the IndyCar paddock is the camaraderie between drivers, and of course the games and the pranks they play on each other. Last year, Penske entertained fans with “The Penske Games,” where Penske drivers from the NASCAR and IndyCar series would perform challenges weekly, including stacking cups or the ever-amusing “Chubby Bunny.”
It appears the Penske IndyCar team has taken the games a step further with the “#INDYCARautographbattle,” where the 2016 IndyCar Champion, Penske’s Simon Pagenaud, and the current Champion, Josef Newgarden, started a battle in the Indianapolis Airport signing memorabilia, Newgarden signing Pagenaud’s house and both signing the Indy 500 car sitting in the lobby at the airport. The Mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, and driver of the #5 Schmidt Peterson Arrow car, also joined in, signing the sign to the Indy merch store.
Newgarden and Pagenaud keep telling the other to go bigger…stay tuned and follow #INDYCARautographbattle on Twitter and Instagram to see who goes the biggest….
Juncos racing extends race deal to 10 races
With Juncos Racing’s premiere season underway, the rookie team was splitting a handful of races between reigning Indy Lights champions Kyle Kaiser and former World Series FR3.5 V8 race-winner Rene Binder. This week it was announced the team is planning on participating in now 10 of the 2018 season’s races, with Binder taking on six of those 10, including Barber, Toronto, Mid-Ohio and the Duel in Detroit. Kaiser will be at the helm of the #32 Juncos car for Phoenix next weekend.
Phoenix Grand Prix, April 7th
If you watched the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, you may have had the thoughts of many and perhaps, missed much of the racing thanks to the distraction of the flip-flops running around the track. Yes, those flip-flops are actually Formula 1 cars, and the thong-shaped safety halos have all but ruined the close-up car shots along with on-board camera views.
However, F1 teams have been making light of the situation. Teams are partnering up with flip-flop companies for the 2018 season with Force India’s sponsorship with Havaiyanas Brazilian flip-flops, and Gandy’s sponsoring the McLaren team. To add a little more humor to the situation, the Gandy’s logo sits across the front of the “halo” much like the thong of the flip flop. What’s more? Gandy’s also has a limited edition McLaren flip-flop in honor of the partnership. Make sure to stock up for the season!
Bahrain GP, April 8
Formula E caught all of the motorsport world’s attention with the unveiling of the Gen 2 car for its debut in the 2018 – 2019 season. The car was stunning (compared to the Batmobile) and the promise of a car that will run a full race on one battery is much more than just a head-turning piece of machinery. This week, teams are beginning to test the new car to see what it is made of. Note, the battery for the next season is built by McLaren Technologies.
Rome E-Prix, April 14
Upcoming series races:
April 6-8, NHRA
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 7, XFinity
Texas Motor Speedway
April 7, WEC
Prologue 2018, France
April 8, NASCAR
Texas Motor Speedway
April 8, MotoGP
April 13 & 14, IMSA
BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
May 4, Camping Truck Series
Dover International Speedway