One of the annual highlights of the Verizon IndyCar Series unofficial “summer break” between Mid-Ohio and Pocono is Robin Miller and Tony Kanaan’s annual trip to the Indiana State Fair.
Miller, an NBCSN contributor and Kanaan, a 20-year IndyCar veteran, continued their tradition together this year. Among those who also joined in included Conor Daly, a native Hoosier from Noblesville, Ind., and two more NBCSN IndyCar pit reporters in Katie Hargitt and Anders Krohn.
You can see the shenanigans above.
On Sunday, Josef Newgarden was one pit stop away from his first career Verizon IndyCar Series win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Although he didn’t win, he handled himself incredibly well in defeat and carried the hopes of a wealth of onlookers in the process.
On Monday night, Newgarden was back to his usual quirky, comedic self in tackling the Indiana State Fair with Simon Pagenaud and Mikhail Aleshin. NBCSN pit reporter Robin Miller and Indianapolis ABC sports director Dave Furst handled the trio at the annual “IndyCar night” at the Indiana State Fair.
Miller and Furst should have more to come over the next week or so. Per Steve Shunck, veteran PR ace, we’ll also have more on the Milwaukee IndyFest pre-show on NBCSN, August 17:
In the meantime, here’s the shenanigans we were able to see courtesy of social media:
Alex Tagliani wore a beaver suit, and Conor Daly one-bited a grilled cheese sandwich.
That’s what the Indiana State Fair does to IndyCar drivers when they return home after a race weekend.
“Tag” – who was replaced by Luca Filippi at the last round at Mid-Ohio in the No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda – still made good to wear a beaver suit in a fundraising competition between he and Scott Dixon to raise money for charities. As a result, he actually rode a tricycle around at the State Fair and participated in other fun events, all for a good cause.
Here’s a link to a video from the Indianapolis Star, and also a read from the IndyCar official website. IndyCar’s video produced is linked below.
That wasn’t the only bit of fun had by members of the IndyCar driving fraternity Monday at the fair. NBC Sports Network IndyCar insider and pit reporter Robin Miller wrote a piece for RACER.com summarizing the shenanigans.