The month of May is just around the corner, and that means the countdown has started for America’s most iconic race.
As Indianapolis Motor Speedway preps for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, they had to clear out a little room to dust behind the Borg-Warner Trophy, so they loaned it to Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Hunter-Reay took the trophy to Washington, D.C. to show it off to key politicos including the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who took some time to admire the auto racing greats who already have their faces emblazoned on the trophy.
The United States House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.) had a particular interest in finding his hometown hero Rick Mears’ visage on the trophy. And since it adorns the award four times for victories in 1979, 1984, 1988, and 1991, it was not difficult to find. Mears also won the pole for the Indy 500 a record six times.
Indiana’s Congresswoman from the 5th District, Susan Brooks was so pleased to have a little piece of her state in the Capital that she tried to hide it on the balcony.
Hunter-Reay found it, grabbed a quick snapshot with the Congresswoman and will head back to Indianapolis to prepare for May 29th’s running of the Indy 500.
Here’s some additional tweets from the day:
The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.
Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.
They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”