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Will Power’s new apparel embraces the ‘double birds’ meme

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So 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, has done quite a lot on track over the course of his 12-plus years in the series dating to his 2005 debut on home soil at Surfers Paradise, Australia.

But where Power created his biggest viral moment of his career came during IndyCar’s lone trip back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon in August 2011, when the race restarted on an oval on a wet track and a number of spins followed.

Power famously threw the “double birds” at INDYCAR Race Control to express his displeasure with the decision. The salute went viral and has been something that’s been a running joke in IndyCar circles ever since.

So, when you’ve got the meme in hand, why not embrace it?

New Power apparel as done by Styled Aesthetic (profiled earlier here this year) features a Power “double birds” T-shirt, linked below.

Beyond that, there’s also “Aussie Wheel Man” T-shirts in both men’s and ladies. The full link is here.

Fun stuff during a slow period of the IndyCar offseason. Power has tested the new 2018 Dallara universal body kit at both Road America and Phoenix, and is currently on holiday.

IndyCar star Scott Dixon to test skills on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Scott Dixon will be the latest IndyCar driver to enter the realm of reality TV when he auditions in Indianapolis next week for “American Ninja Warrior.”

The four-time IndyCar champion, nicknamed “The Iceman,” thought it sounded fun when he was approached with the idea of trying out. As the competition has drawn near, Dixon is wondering what he got himself into.

“I feel a lot of pressure on this one,” Dixon told The Associated Press before heading to this weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. “When it got to be about a month away, I figured I should start training for it, and it’s pretty hard stuff.”

IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan all auditioned for the show, which follows competitors as they tackle a series of obstacle courses in qualifying rounds across the country. None of IndyCar’s contestants advanced out of the first round and neither did NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Dixon’s appearance comes about the same time the Game Show Network has Sebastien Bourdais as a guest host for “Daily Draw” for the entire week leading into the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Most recently, Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly teamed to finish fourth on “The Amazing Race,” and James Hinchcliffe was a runner-up last year on “Dancing With The Stars.” Castroneves is a former “DWTS” winner.

Dixon, the 2008 winner of the Indianapolis 500 who ranks fourth on IndyCar’s all-time wins list, is accustomed to success. But the New Zealander not so sure he’s going to become the next great ninja. Most of his fitness work focuses on endurance training, and preparing for the obstacle course has taken Dixon out of his element.

“It’s not my wheelhouse,” he said. “This is agility kind of stuff and I’m looking forward to the process. I’m not looking forward so much to the failure, because it’s going to happen at some point, so I guess I just have to make the most of it and enjoy the experience.”

Dixon was famously robbed at gunpoint in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell last year hours after he won the pole for the Indy 500. Asked if his ninja training will have him better prepared should that happen again, he did not think so.

“I suppose if I run away it would help,” Dixon said. “But I don’t exactly have a ninja toolkit to get me through that situation.”