INDYCAR Fast Six: What's trending in @IndyCar from Nov. 16-22

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INDYCAR’s “Fast Six” is a report derived from all things found online about Verizon IndyCar Series racing, its drivers and people. We seek and find pics and quips as INDYCAR drivers live their extraordinary lives and put the evidence into tweets, Instagrams and more. Check back regularly when we post the latest.

Support for a podium finish  

James Hinchcliffe’s 11-week run on “Dancing with the Stars” (and second-place finish) took over the social media accounts of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, team owners and fans one last time this week.

They might be fierce competitors on track, but INDYCAR drivers are also known for their close friendships and support of each other. That was never more apparent than Tuesday, when Hinchcliffe and partner Sharna Burgess performed for the final time on Season 23.

Here’s a sampling of the drivers’ tweets we saw in our feeds:

Proud of our @IndyCar boy @Hinchtown. Total stud on and off the track. What a beautiful season you and @SharnaBurgess put together! #DWTS

@Hinchtown you r our Champ!! Well done!


And, just before the Mirror Ball Trophy winner was announced, Hinchcliffe’s good pal, Conor Daly, cracked us up. 

Oh my goodness. The nerves are real. And I'm just his housekeeper. #DWTS @Hinchtown


Media darling

Even journalists who cover INDYCAR were charmed by Hinchliffe’s all-out effort and Burgess’ story-telling choreography.

They leave #DWTS Season 23 as proud as it gets. Great job and thank you @Hinchtown and @SharnaBurgess! #TeamStopAndGo @IndyCar pic.twitter.com/aNPvcPwP1Z

Wow. @GMA #dwts a whole other side to @Hinchtown Now everyone. Watch him race !!


Sharna Burgess: Hinchtown’s artist in residence

Regardless of the end of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” competition, we hope to see Burgess when the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets rolling March 12 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Considering her recent social media posts, that’s not out of the question.

It's coming up to the final dance babe. The very last time we will share the stage together. Win lose or draw I won this season from the first day of rehearsal, the day I met you. You have impressed me every day and in every way. I'm emotional tonight because I know it's the end, and no matter where we place I'm guaranteed going to do the ugly cry lol... so for that ... I hate you 😉 but for the rest... I genuinely love you, you've become my family, my long lost brother! "From the depths of my soul" (😉personal joke) mirrorball or not... thank you for giving me "all the things" 💋❤️

A photo posted by Sharna Burgess (@sharnaburgess) on

Your my mirrorball @hinchtown ! thank you for an incredible ride, pun intended 😘

A photo posted by Sharna Burgess (@sharnaburgess) on


Up in Smoke

The paddock was focused on racing this week, too. Particularly, congratulating three-time NASCAR champion and 1997 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Tony Stewart as he ended his decorated career Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Marco Andretti made the trip to support his friend in person and posed for a photo with Stewart and now-seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson’s helmet – the one he gave Stewart after the race. 

What an honor that a 7time champ, @JimmieJohnson, would give you the helmet off his head after the race👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/0Vw7Ocb1Cc


Holidays: They’re lit

There’s a surprise waiting at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for all the racing fans who are coming home to the Racing Capital of the World for the holidays. IMS is decked with 400 light displays for visitors who want to take a driving trip through the track. Yes, you get to drive on the track – but only at about 5 miles per hour.

In honor of all of that joy, IMS President Doug Boles and his family got new outfits and he posted a festive photo.

Last test night of the #IMSLights before we're open to public. Joined by my family (@IndyCarter4 & @bsmevents) tonight! pic.twitter.com/ETdOV1diUR


Cooking with … great auntie

We’re not sure he’s as festive looking as the Boles clan, but Indy Lights driver Neil Alberico is prepared for Thanksgiving with some old family recipes. We wonder which one is his favorite.

.@neilalberico's fam cooks #Thanksgiving from his great aunt's cookbook that was published after the Depression. #randomfact #cool pic.twitter.com/8N12lmdIT9

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