A long, long time ago in a corn field far, far away, a group of drivers who were then on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder road-tripped to Iowa Speedway.
And the results were documented in a hilarious, 7-plus minute long video.
Longtime fans of the “Mayor of Hinchtown,” James Hinchcliffe, will remember that before Hinch made it to the Verizon IndyCar Series, he was making obscure, quirky, off-the-wall and seriously funny videos purely for the citizens of “Hinchtown.”
In this video above, Hinchcliffe joined Conor Daly, Conor’s dad Derek, Sebastian Saavedra and his then-girlfriend Pamela, and more took an RV to Iowa before Indy Lights, Pro Mazda (then-called Star Mazda) and USF2000 raced alongside what was then the IZOD IndyCar Series at Iowa Speedway.
See their exploits and the ensuring hilarity above. And you’ll then understand why Daly’s tweet, as he is en route back to Iowa today to drive the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports, makes sense.
Road tripping to Iowa. Keeping a keen eye on the fuel gauge this time. Back to driving the 2 seater. #Indycar
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.