David Gilliland detours on the way to Las Vegas — through the Grand Canyon

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When David Gilliland said he was going to go out for a walk on his way to this weekend’s Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas, he wasn’t kidding.

The driver of Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 Ford on Wednesday completed a two-day hike covering more than 20 miles of trails through the Grand Canyon.

According to a team press release, Gilliland carried over 40 pounds of gear and slept in a sleeping bag and tent on the canyon floor Tuesday night.

“Even though I grew up out west, I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon and I’ve always wanted to,” said Gilliland, a Southern California native. “This way I’ll be able to see it all at once.”

In other words, Gilliland is essentially compressing a multi-day trip into a day-and-a-half.

“It’s going to be hard,” he said. “I’ve done three smaller hikes before but nothing like this. I’m going to have a yellow (rookie) stripe on my backpack for sure.” said Gilliland. “We’re going down the hardest trail, too. It’s about eight and a half miles in, and then we have a 13-and-a-half-mile hike out.”

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Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.