Apparently, Space Camp was not enough for Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden.
Before getting their weekend underway at the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, the two Honda-powered drivers made their way to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Johnson is home to the United States’ corps of astronauts and Mission Control, which manages all flight control for the U.S. space program.
Guiding the two IndyCar pilots through the tour were U.S. astronauts Drew Feustel, a veteran of NASA’s penultimate Space Shuttle flight back in 2011, and Anna Fisher, who has worked on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station projects.
This morning, Hinchcliffe was seventh-quickest in first practice, while Newgarden was 17th. Practice 2 will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be streamed on IndyCar.com.
Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.
Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.
The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.
After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.
Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.