Marco Andretti took a day off the grid today in Indianapolis to make a visit to the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and make wishes come true for sick young children who were in need of a smile.
Andretti, along with new title sponsor hhgregg, helped hand out mini helmets to the children at the hospital. Since Andretti’s now in a red firesuit after being in a primarily yellow or blue one in recent years, it fit better for Christmas.
“I’m thankful to hhgregg who set this up for me. I plan on doing more of this,” Andretti told NBC Sports afterwards.
“Any chance you get to give back, you take it, to the city that’s given me so much. This means a lot to me.
“It’s a tough thing to see. But these kids are pretty admirable what they go through. The pleasure was all mine.”
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.
Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)