Sometimes players show up to training camp in style – think Willie “Mays” Hayes in Major League for instance – and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was an individual that did so today.
Wayne, who’s coming off an ACL injury that hampered his 2013 campaign, showed up to Colts training camp Wednesday in the back of a two-seater IndyCar driven by Ed Carpenter, a Butler graduate and devout Colts fan whose race team has won three Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.
“I want one of these,” Wayne said after climbing out of the back seat of the car, which typically gives rides at Verizon IndyCar Series racing venues. “I enjoyed every little bit of that. It was fun. I’m a guy that likes speed, which is one way to get that speed in me.”
Added Carpenter, “I feel privileged and honored to be asked to bring Reggie. At first I was kind of hoping we had a police escort so we didn’t have to stop at lights. It was kind of cool stopping at lights and being parked next to people. I think people figured it out pretty quick. I think (Reggie’s) helmet was a dead giveaway. We had quite a ride.”
Here’s to hoping there’s some feel-good mojo that comes off Wayne arriving in an IndyCar with the team owner of the guy who won the most recent IndyCar race – Carpenter’s Mike Conway won in Toronto on Sunday.
More here from ProFootballTalk and the Colts website, the latter of which includes a video.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.
Monday was IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti’s 53rd birthday and son Marco was nowhere to be found – but with good reason.
The younger Andretti and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were both testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio.
Also taking part in the test was Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe.
It was Hinchcliffe’s second successful test since recovering from his horrific crash during practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May.
Hinchcliffe’s first test was last week at Road America in Wisconsin.
Monday’s test session was not open to the public or media, but a Honda source told Motorsportstalk that drivers and teams reportedly focused on testing aerodynamics for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.