Carpenter, Dixon get their Nathan’s Hot Dog judging game on (PHOTOS)

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Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon are Verizon IndyCar Series race winners and Indianapolis 500 polesitters.

They’ve also entered another club as of this Independence Day Friday: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest judges.

In this day of sanctioned gluttony out on Coney Island in New York, before the pair race the Pocono INDYCAR 500 fueled by Sunoco on Sunday, Carpenter and Dixon turned in their team gear for judges’ shirts to determine how many hot dogs each one of this competitors put down.

We’ll update after the airing of the hot dog eating contest today to see if there was any aftermath.

Meanwhile, here’s a mere sampling of the atmosphere there today in the build-up to chow down:

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.