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Behind the scenes of IndyCar’s Celebrity Family Feud appearance

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Those that are part of IndyCar racing have long been considered members of the same family, with their roots and genes steeped in the passion of high speeds.

But like many regular families, disputes can occasionally creep up, to the point where they become true family feuds.

So it’s not surprising that several Verizon IndyCar Series drivers recently took part in a REAL family feud – as in the popular TV show “Celebrity Family Feud.”

Members of the IndyCar family were Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Tony Kanaan and Conor Daly.

“I’m actually a big fan of the show,” Kanaan said. “I’ve always watched it. I’ve been working with IndyCar to see if they could get us in.

“I’m excited. I’m a little nervous about being able to answer all the questions.”

Castroneves served as team captain.

“I put the right people in the right place,” he said. “I know we have a good strategy.”

There was plenty of incentive to do well, Castroneves said.

“We’re racing here to win big money for our favorite charity, the Indy Family Foundation,” Castroneves said.

Team IndyCar squared off with a team of models from the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

But don’t think the open-wheel guys lost their focus of winning against the models. There was even trash talking that went on.

  • Castroneves: “We’re going to crush you guys. … Game is on, game is ON!”
  • Hinchcliffe: “We’re taking this one.”
  • Daly: “I’m lost.”
  • Kanaan: “They’re done.”

But just before the lights came up and the camera’s started rolling, Castroneves – who won Dancing With the Stars in 2007 – suddenly was beset by a case of stage fright.

Have no fear, Hinchcliffe came to Helio’s rescue with an inspiring speech.

“You’ve won three Indy 500s,” Hinchcliffe told Castroneves. “This is a game show. RELAX!”

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When the show started taping, host Steve Harvey tried to quantify what it means to drive 500 miles (as in the Indianapolis 500).

“500 miles in a regular car is about 10 hours minimum,” Harvey said. “Then you have to stop to and get gas because you’ve got nothing that goes the whole 500 miles.”

To which Kanaan deadpanned, leaving Harvey with an incredulous look on his face, “Not really, Steve. We can do it in seven (hours). We’re not going to stop to pee. We can bring a bottle … anything that makes you arrive faster.”

Hinchcliffe, who sat on the pole of this year’s Indy 500, picked up where Kanaan left off when Harvey asked the drivers what do they do if they have to go to the bathroom in the course of a race.

“I knew this was coming,” the mayor of Hinchtown proclaimed. “It’s just in the suit, man. When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go.”

So, after Team Indy won $25,000, Kanaan put things in perspective: “This was as important as the Indy 500. It was great teamwork.”

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Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).