IndyCar champion Will Power hits Letterman, U.S. Open and more in New York

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Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power has been deployed on the annual champion’s postseason media tour, with his time in New York this week providing a number of major media opportunities.

Power may well be the last IndyCar champion to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman; Letterman has announced his retirement earlier this year and with the 2015 schedule yet to be released, it remains to be seen whether Letterman’s stint behind the desk will end before the 2015 season does.

Nonetheless, among the topics Power hit during his eight or so minutes Thursday night was how he and Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves handled the 6.0 earthquake that hit during the Sonoma weekend.

It was almost as hilarious as his championship speech, but was still a good hit.

Power enjoyed national media interviews with Forbes and Maxim, with both interviews serving as a diversion from the usual questions (and analysis) the majority of us hacks ask him week-to-week while traveling with this crazy circus.

Here’s a pictoral recap of Power at Letterman and at the U.S. Open in Flushing, where he saw Roger Federer’s comeback against Gael Monfils.

Lastly, although this isn’t New York-specific, this still fits in the “off the wall” non-racing elements of Power’s week.

Power’s brother Damien, who made waves during the race by live tweeting from Australia, has featured Will in a promotional video for his new standup show, Keit.

Will Power, however, isn’t wearing his usual Verizon Team Penske kit – he’s back in the retro Aussie Vineyards firesuit he wore during the 2008 IndyCar season, then driving for KV Racing Technology.

The video isn’t new – it was published in March – but Damien Power reposted it this week as now, his brother’s an IndyCar champion.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.