INDYCAR’s “Fast Six” is a weekly 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 every week when we post the latest, such as this from the past week.
Making INDYCAR dance again
Every single thing about Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe is trending this week, as ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” announced he’ll be part of the Season 23 cast. Hollywood gossip sites, motorsports journalists and the New York Post’s “Page Six” are all writing about him.
That, in turn, created the stuff of some pretty funny Twitter posts, like this one from @nascarcasm:
Hey @Hinchtown good luck on @DancingABC we know you'll do well. #IndyCar pic.twitter.com/kmXyX55Q92
With the presidential election cycle in full swing, INDYCAR’s #VoteHinch team is filling its social channels with all sorts of fun campaign propaganda in advance of the Sept. 12 (8 p.m. ET on ABC) season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Sept. 12, 2016 - #VOTEHINCH@Hinchtown @DancingABC #INDYCAR pic.twitter.com/YS5srj2KSu
.@Hinchtown is determined to make #INDYCAR dance again. https://t.co/OSnDW6baFA pic.twitter.com/AptIyUYrNW
All the back-and-forth about Hinchcliffe is leading to questions about the rest of the people in his life. That, in turn, is leading to Conor Daly, the Dale Coyne Racing driver who rooms with him. Not sure why, but even Hinchcliffe is expressing concern about leaving Daly alone in the house while he temporarily relocates to Los Angeles to film.
“I have a tremendous concern,” Hinchcliffe said in this interview:
“I've already set up a network of people that will be coming to check on him and the house in my absence.”
Cooking with Simon
The INDYCAR field is full of Renaissance men. Team Penske driver and championship points leader Simon Pagenaud is certainly no exception. The French driver showed off his cooking skills, including a few impressive crepe flips, this week at urban soul food restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, Calif., while promoting the 2016 season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, which airs at Sept. 18 on NBCSN.
.@BrownSugarKitch trusted me with the bacon & crepes. They must have done their research! #GoProGp #IndyCar pic.twitter.com/Xdo0ME8Ovn
I’m a beaver, you’re a beaver
While they were in Texas for the completion of the Firestone 600 last weekend, Ed Carpenter Racing driver Josef Newgarden apparently introduced teammate Spencer Pigot to the convenience store chain Buc-ee’s. They came away from the adventure with a couple of good options for Halloween wear.
Great first visit to @bucees for @SpencerPigot today. What a magical place. pic.twitter.com/qFo2eVLjqF
Like father, like son
From the look of his Instagram account, Deco Kanaan is ready to follow in his father’s um … tracks. Seems the Benik Kart was dropped off at Tony Kanaan’s garage as a gift for the lad.
“I’m not sure if I’m happy or mad,” daddy Kanaan wrote about the present. “As you can tell, he didn’t like that much. Couldn’t even wait for me to fix his seat.”
We got home from school this morning and found this in the garage. I'm not sure if I'm happy or mad 😜😜. Thanks @kartbenik and @andydefrancesco for the gift. As you can tell he didn't like that much. 😂😂😂😂. Couldn't even wait for me to fix his seat. 🇧🇷 O Deco chegou da escola hoje de manhã e encontrou esse presente que o pessoal da @kartbenik e o @andydefrancesco mandaram pra ele. Não sei se fico feliz ou P da vida. Ele nem gostou muito. 😂😂. Não deixou eu nem arrumar o banco. Aeee @rubarrichello , todo seu
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