IndyCar: Hinchcliffe, Newgarden pay visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center

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Apparently, Space Camp was not enough for Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden.

Before getting their weekend underway at the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, the two Honda-powered drivers made their way to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Johnson is home to the United States’ corps of astronauts and Mission Control, which manages all flight control for the U.S. space program.

Guiding the two IndyCar pilots through the tour were U.S. astronauts Drew Feustel, a veteran of NASA’s penultimate Space Shuttle flight back in 2011, and Anna Fisher, who has worked on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station projects.

Stopped by the Johnson Space Center today and everything hit the fan. It's okay, the red phone solves all problems. #NASA

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This morning, Hinchcliffe was seventh-quickest in first practice, while Newgarden was 17th. Practice 2 will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be streamed on IndyCar.com.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.