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Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves is unquestionably an expert on horsepower. But he learned more about horsepower this week while promoting the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Kentucky Derby Museum with Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles.
This is Populist!! Esse eh o Popular!! #kentuckyderby #indy500 @indycar @team_penske
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Time to go racing
But before they can get to Indianapolis, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers have four cities to race through – St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Birmingham and Phoenix. They’re more than ready, according to social media posts about this Sunday’s season kickoff, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Even in a suit and tie in Denmark, Charlie Kimball anticipated the green flag:
Swapped a firesuit for a business suit today, but #IndyCar is still on my mind! https://t.co/Dxsyu5C8hA
All the way from Denmark, @charliekimball gives an update about how testing went for him @sebringraceway this week. #IndyCar pic.twitter.com/i1HesLgVgH
James Hinchcliffe was thinking ahead, too.
Last quite Sunday for a while! @IndyCar season starts next weekend @GPSTPETE! Can't wait to be back at it!
In the spirit of getting in the spirit, we found this cool photo in Carlos Munoz’s Twitter feed and want to share.
Picture of the day ! #indycar #indy500 #adidas #adidasmotorsport #bellhelmets #colombia pic.twitter.com/17BVLOymTH
Getting off track
The celebration around the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is happening all over town, but there will be no party more unique than the one Thursday night in Susie Wheldon’s new clothing boutique, Verve. Drivers and dedicated followers of fashion alike are abuzz over Wheldon’s store opening, which will include her late husband’s Indianapolis 500-winning car and the Borg-Warner Trophy on display in the store.
Excited to be a part of this event that Susie is putting on. Come check out her new store this Thursday! https://t.co/fEsnm4KbAZ
If you want to see @josefnewgarden @scottdixon9 and yes, @MarcoAndretti and I working a catwalk, you should probably be there. https://t.co/wqpLt2fLlv
In the money
Thanks to Ryan and Beccy Hunter-Reay’s son, Ryden, it looks like Marco Andretti is going to have some extra money to spend over race weekend. We don’t know what this is about, but it’s pretty cute.
😂 2 cute to not post. @ryanhunterreay @beccygordon @ Nazareth, Pennsylvania https://t.co/R7iadIo74u
On his way to St. Petersburg, Alexander Rossi stopped off in New York and dropped in on Harry Connick Jr. and his newish talk show, “Harry.” We’ll have to wait for Rossi’s episode to air on March 16 to see what happened, but it looks like he came away with some swag.
Next stop #HarryTV. Maybe some racin' with @HarryConnickJR pic.twitter.com/cmHioWgQ0J