IndyCar’s State Fair Shenanigans (VIDEO)

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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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.