Mikhail Aleshin, James Hinchcliffe help make Rev Indy a big success

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You know, if this whole IndyCar deal doesn’t work out, IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin may have a future as a rock star.

Aleshin stole the show this past Saturday at the third annual Rev Indy, a combination party and fundraiser to kick off the month’s festivities at Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

Funds raised from the event go to support Indiana University Health trauma programs, as well as medical services for drivers at the IU Health Emergency Medical Center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Aleshin hopped up on stage, picked up a guitar and then proceeded to rock out to “Wild Thing” and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” backed by Tim Buckley and the Bleeding Hearts.

Wearing shades, Aleshin totally looked the part of a rocker, singing harmony, throwing in a few lip pouts like Mick Jagger, taking over on lead guitar and doing a few windmill chords in the spirit made famous by The Who’s Pete Townsend. He even played the guitar behind his head!

Virtually every driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series was on hand, along with special guests including quarterback Andrew Luck and long snapper Matt Overton of the Indianapolis Colts and Butler University mascot Butler Blue.

Click here to check out the photo gallery from the Speedway’s web site.

“Another year and another incredible Rev event! Carol (Rev event director Carol Howard) and her team, everyone at IU Health and everyone at IMS pulled off such a great night,” driver James Hinchcliffe said in an IMS media release.

Hinchcliffe – who was Honorary Chairman of Rev Indy – reportedyl displayed quite the impressive dance form, jamming to the music.

“I can’t thank all of them – all the local businesses and restaurants and everyone who came out and supported – enough for making Rev the must-attend event of May and maybe even the year,” Hinchcliffe said.“It was a privilege to be part of it all. Hopefully, I’ll be invited back next year!”

Of course, the event was played up big on social media. Here’s some of the best tweets we found:

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Helio Castroneves will replace ailing Oliver Askew for IndyCar at IMS

Helio Castroneves replacing Askew
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Helio Castroneves will return to the NTT IndyCar Series next weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, replacing Arrow McLaren SP driver Oliver Askew in the No. 7 Dallara- Chevrolet.

The team announced in a Thursday release that Askew wasn’t cleared by the IndyCar medical team after reporting “a balance and coordination issue” after the Sept. 12-13 race weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer reported that Askew has been experiencing the concussion-like symptoms since his Aug. 23 wreck in the Indy 500.

Askew was placed in IndyCar’s Return to Racing Protocol. The rookie has endured an up-and-down season, suffering another hard crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the July 4 race on the road course. He also finished third and sixth on back-to-back races at Iowa Speedway in July.

“This was an incredibly tough call but I have to follow the advice of the INDYCAR Medical Team and my doctors,” Askew said in the release. “My priority right now is focusing on my health. Despite not being in the car, I will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Harvest GP, giving whatever insight and support to Arrow McLaren SP that I can.”

Castroneves will be driving this weekend at Mid-Ohio for Team Penske in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner has said he actively is seeking a ride for the 2021 season in IndyCar or IMSA with the demise of Penske’s DPi program as Acura switches to new teams next year.

Here’s the release from Arrow McLaren SP:

Arrow McLaren SP driver Oliver Askew will withdraw from the INDYCAR Harvest Grand Prix, after being declared not fit to drive by the INDYCAR Medical Team.

Following the INDYCAR race at Mid-Ohio, Oliver reported a balance and coordination issue, which triggered an examination from the INDYCAR Medical Team. As a result, Oliver is not medically cleared to race and is subject to INDYCAR’s Return to Racing Protocol.

“This was an incredibly tough call but I have to follow the advice of the INDYCAR Medical Team and my doctors. My priority right now is focusing on my health,” Askew said. “Despite not being in the car, I will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Harvest GP, giving whatever insight and support to Arrow McLaren SP that I can.”

Askew will be replaced in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet by Helio Castroneves for the upcoming doubleheader Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

“The welfare of Oliver, our team members and fellow competitors is paramount,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt.

“We therefore support Oliver and the decision of INDYCAR. Withdrawing to focus on his health and recovery is the right thing to do.”

Helio will join Pato O’Ward, driver of the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, to complete the team’s driver lineup in Indianapolis.

“First and foremost, we wish Oliver the best and that he is able to take time to recover,” said Helio. “I look forward to getting back on track and helping to build on the great progress that Arrow McLaren SP has made this year.”