SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday is the big day for the four remaining contenders for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway.
But Wednesday was fun day for Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Will Power and Josef Newgarden, who along with about a dozen media members in tow took in the sights of San Francisco.
The quartet and media took a trolley car over the Golden Gate Bridge to Vista Point, which overlooks the City by the Bay’s downtown, as well as Alcatraz Island.
There, they took photos with the championship trophy that one of them will proudly take home Sunday night, indicative of being the 2018 IndyCar champion.
Interestingly enough, the trolley driver said she was a sportsman race car driver in her spare time.
From there, it was on to Fisherman’s Wharf, where the drivers took part in media interviews as well as had a local artist draw caricatures of themselves.
Will Power has been in the Bay area for more than a week, staying there with his family since last week’s closed test at Sonoma Raceway. He had an added bonus of sorts at Fisherman’s Wharf, seeing sea lions for the first time in his life.
Then it was on to a place where the four drivers really had to test their skills – at cracking hard-shell crabs. It wasn’t as easy as it looked for at least a couple of the drivers. Guess it’s easier to drive an open-wheel car at 220 mph.
The drivers then wrapped up the tour with some famous Ghirardelli chocolates and a nice lunch overlooking the harbor.
All four drivers were in good spirits, acted loose, laughed and smiled a lot, cracked jokes and even did a little bit of good-natured ribbing with each other.
Of course, Sunday will be totally different and all business.
Here are a few more photos of Wednesday’s activities: