Fast Six: What's trending in INDYCAR

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Fast Six highlights the best social posts from across the Verizon IndyCar Series. It’ll help you keep up with our extraordinary drivers, teams and alums, and their fast-paced lives.

 

One step closer, one big batch of warm fuzzies

Robert Wickens just keeps on inspiring and making us smile with his smile. On Tuesday, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver posted this video of him taking assisted steps as he continues his dogged rehabilitation from the spinal cord injury sustained in a crash earlier this year.

The look on Wickens’ face at the end speaks volumes. The motorsports world is with you every step of the way!

One step closer. #spinalcordinjury #gaittraining pic.twitter.com/KzUlNI9c4W

Before that, Wickens got into the holiday spirit by bringing in his own Christmas tree to the rehab facility. We always knew he could haul the mail, but this shows he can take in the timber, too.

Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/vkpD2xnEqk

Remember the Pagenaud … and the BBQ, too

INDYCAR drivers Simon Pagenaud and Colton Herta were in Texas last week to help Circuit of the Americas launch ticket sales for the highly anticipated IndyCar Series race there in March. Pagenaud looked like he was ready to defend the famous Alamo in San Antonio.

Slinging tickets to the #indycar Classic at @COTA and learning about Davy Crockett today! 🤠 #thealamo #cowboy pic.twitter.com/zhxthJr5NX

Herta, meanwhile, stopped by the state capitol building in Austin before sampling some of the food that makes Texas famous at Black’s Barbecue.

Today’s the day #IndyCar Classic tickets are available!

To celebrate @ColtonHerta is in Austin, TX to get a taste of what the weekend of March 22 will be like...and it looks delicious.

Purchase your tickets here: https://t.co/pvdD8QUtCI pic.twitter.com/YQQqx0QRxi

The purrrr-fect pair of names

When a family of INDYCAR fans named their newly adopted kittens after Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens, it elicited an immediate reply from Hinch on a good way to tell them apart.

When your kids get kittens as early Christmas gifts and name them Hinch and Wickens. @Hinchtown @robertwickens We are an Indycar family ❤️ pic.twitter.com/K2VIrmaoBp

If they’re anything like the real ones, watch out. One will have a tendency to fall asleep in bushes and one might have bladder control issues! https://t.co/Mq2cuEgPRp

And they called it puppy love

Keeping it in the pet theme: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal surprised his wife, drag racer Courtney Force, with an Alaskan Malamute puppy for their third wedding anniversary. It’s clear that Arrow has struck quickly into the hearts of both of his human parents.

So w/mine & @GrahamRahal’s 3 year wedding anniversary coming up, he surprised me w/my dream dog! 😍 Everyone meet Arrow, our new Alaskan Malamute! 💛 ((Also, I decided to start him an Instagram 🤷🏼‍♀️ so give it a follow: @arrowthemalamute 🐶) I’m so in love with this little puppy!! pic.twitter.com/h436e2olvZ

Me and my boy, he won’t be this small for long! @arrowthemalamute #AlaskanMalamute #AdventuresOfArrow

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Best buddies ride for Best Buddies

NASCAR great Jimmie Johnson snapped this group selfie from the Best Buddies Challenge bike ride in Miami that included another champion, INDYCAR driver Tony Kanaan from AJ Foyt Racing. Best Buddies works to create communities of inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A fun morning on the bike with @BestBuddiesChal in Miami. pic.twitter.com/soHsmsfHbO

Who’s that spotter with the French accent?

Joey Logano brought home the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship for legendary owner Roger Penske over the weekend. Another Team Penske champion, INDYCAR driver Simon Pagenaud, did his best to help from a sketchy spotter’s post, but it’s unclear whether the Frenchman’s sage advice got through to Logano.

I’ve been posted up here all afternoon at @HomesteadMiami. Was just informed @joeylogano can’t hear me, but luckily he’s still turning left and full throttle 👍🏼 #Championship4 #TeamJL #NASCAR @Team_Penske pic.twitter.com/nyD6Sglgkk

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