IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 Media Day on Tuesday took part not just in Indianapolis, but nearly two dozen cities across the country.
From San Francisco to Milwaukee to New York City and points in-between, drivers who will compete in Sunday’s 99th edition of the 500 had a chance to have some fun and – for at least one day – not worry about the inherent pressure of race day.
Thanks to the Twitterverse, here’s some of the highlights:
— Simon Pagenaud got a bit cheesy before taking a big ride in Milwaukee:
— Pippa Mann was ready for a Royal time in Kansas City
— Tony Kanaan and NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray enjoy a cold drink – of milk – in Charlotte
— Speaking of milk, rookie driver Gabby Chaves had a taste for milk, so he went right to the source
— JR Hildebrand looks like he’ll leave his heart in San Francisco
— Simona De Silvestro has a pre-Indy 500 makeover in the Big Apple
— Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud try their hands at tennis. A bit of advice, guys: Don’t give up your day jobs!
— Graham Rahal returns to his dad’s old hometown, the Windy City, Chicago.
— Rahal shows decent form when he throws out the first pitch before the White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field.
— Carlos Munoz, Oriol Servia and Sebastian Saavedra say “Hola!” to Miami
— Ed Carpenter does a little high-speed motoring in Motown, at Detroit’s Belle Isle, where the IndyCar Series will race at May 30-31.
— Jack Hawksworth gets some kicks with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.
— Justin Wilson learns that everything is bigger in Texas, including the media.
— There’s no generation gap here: School kids visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway know who A.J. Foyt is.
— Charlie Kimball got some practice spraying champagne in Detroit. Could it be for real on Sunday?