Helio Castroneves

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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.

The evidence:

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:

James Hinchcliffe was thinking ahead, too.

Picture this

In the spirit of getting in the spirit, we found this cool photo in Carlos Munoz’s Twitter feed and want to share.

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.

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.


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.