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IndyCar Social Media Roundup: Halloween

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Halloween hijinks were aplenty across social media on Tuesday as IndyCar venues, drivers, and teams took to Twitter to celebrate the holiday…and had their fair share of fun in the process.

This is what happens when we let creative minds run free and there’s no actual content on-track to chronicle. All four Green Savoree Racing Promotions tracks came up with some interesting ideas, though.

Mid Ohio Sports Car Course kicked things off with this photo-shopped poster of ” Dawn of the Dead,” renaming it “Dawn of the Dixon” after Scott Dixon.

Not to be outdone, the folks at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg chimed in with a post of their own, spoofing “Paranormal Activity” with “ParaNewgarden Activity” after IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden.

The Honda Indy Toronto twitter team jumped in from there, re-dubbing “The Blair Witch Project” as “The Blair Hinch Project” in honor of the hometown man, James Hinchcliffe.

The last venue, but certainly not the least, to join in on the fun was recent Verizon IndyCar Series returnee Portland International Raceway, which transformed “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” into “The Rossi Horror Picture Show,” for 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi.

Neither Hinchcliffe nor Rossi could believe what they had just witnessed.

Rossi’s team, Andretti Autosport, engaged in some hijinks of its own as well.

A team member donned a dinosaur costume and ran rampant through the Andretti Autosport shop.

All told, the social media accounts of the Verizon IndyCar Series teams, drivers, and venues served up plenty of tricks and treats on Halloween.

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Relive the 1911 Indy 500 in living color

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Race fans and historians will have an opportunity to relive the 1911 Indy 500 in color this Sunday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

Airing on the Smithsonian Channel as part of their America in Color series, a colorized version of the first Indy 500 highlights a race that began a tradition more than 100 years old.

The Indy 500 helped establish the auto racing industry and part of the episode deals with the lives of the Ford, Firestone and Edison families.

On board mechanics were a fixture of racing at the time – in part because they also served as spotters. On Lap 90 Joe Jagersberger (running three laps down at the time) broke a steering mount and his rider tumbled onto the track, causing Harry Knight to careen into the pits – which had no wall separating it from the track. Remarkably, no one was killed.

The documentary describes how Ray Harroun likely won because of his use of a rear view mirror that allowed him to drive without an on board mechanic. Innovation in that inaugural race set the tone for racing today.

Harroun beat Ralph Mumford by a margin of 103 seconds in a race that took six hours, 42 minutes to run.