INDIANAPOLIS – One of the cooler parts about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway week of practice is it offers an opportunity for a bit of cross-promotion whereby drivers from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series can come check out the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers in their natural habitat.
Antron Brown visited Ed Carpenter a couple years ago and this morning, Don Schumacher Racing’s talented trio of drivers in Shawn Langdon, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Leah Pritchett visited the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing garage of Sage Karam, who’s driving the No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet in the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Pritchett, who made her DSR debut at Atlanta last week after a circuitous start to her season following the unfortunate and unexpected demise of the Bob Vandergriff Racing team, loved getting to sit in the No. 24 car.
She told NBC Sports she doubts she’d ever have the interest to drive one of these cars but was wowed at the dashboard, steering wheel and overall cockpit environment of an IndyCar.
Langdon and Johnson Jr. followed Pritchett into a quick sitting in the car – Langdon, a past Top Fuel class champion – joked before he got in he wasn’t sure whether he’d be able to get in the car!
Photos from the morning event are below: