As drivers wrapped up on-track action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway until Carb Day, they hit the road. From Chicago to New York and Dallas-Fort Worth, they went looking for fans, television interviews and good food.
They catalogued it all using #Indy500MediaDay. Things got a little weird.
Spoiler alert: It's Chicago.
I’ll give you 6 guesses where I am. . . pic.twitter.com/Q6XKnU4jlw
Josef Newgarden really nailed this one. So fast. So clever.
Oriol Servia, meanwhile, made himself at home at a Billy Goat Tavern. It didn't take him long to get tired of cooking burgers and shift to shouting out Bill Murray.
Because of course the Spaniard wanted to give a shout out to the man emblazoned on the side of his Indianapolis 500 helmet.
Pippa Mann and Kyle Kaiser had a slightly more low-key trip to Cincinnati. Mann, who was bumped from the Indy 500 in 2018, enjoyed hanging out with Kaiser, whose absurd effort to survive Bump Day last weekend took the racing world by storm.
One more stop! @WLWT with my buddy @KyleKRacing, filming for this weekend! And I thought my #Indy500 qualifying weekend was stressful... 😳 #IndyCar #Indy500MediaDay #InTheShow #ThisIsMay pic.twitter.com/x60ekXHdzQ
Former Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato cracked open some milk in Columbus.
He had a heartfelt meeting with an old Indianapolis 500 fan on his way home. We're not crying, you are.
It never ceases to amaze me how much Indy means. Dad of @hambonestrivia heard I was going to be in town for my media tour and wanted to personally wish me good luck before the race. He stopped by for quick hello during #indy500mediaday to tell me some of his favorite #Indy500 stories. The more I travel, the more I find everyone has a tie back to the #Indy500 and @indianapolismotorspeedway. Comment below 👇🏼 with your story and we will randomly pick a winner to send a prize pack to.
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Conor Daly's trip to Ohio was very fun, if not factually accurate.
Here we are in beautiful Dayton, OH! This famous motel was once frequented by Morgan Freeman during the filming of Shawshank Redemption. #Indy500MediaDay @IndyCar #ThisMightNotBeTrue pic.twitter.com/KskswiXC5s
Continuing our tremendous journey through Dayton, we have arrived at the very first Canadian donut production facility in all of North America. #Indy500MediaDay #MightNotBeTrue (*cough* @Hinchtown ) @IndyCar @IMS pic.twitter.com/fRZ8kxsg4E
One might say his Indy 500 Media Day trip was the ... bomb.
Graham Rahal nearly got himself in trouble with dad during his Detroit trip.
Some of the rookies raced up to Fort Wayne, Indiana. But things got pretty intense before they moo-ved out of Indianapolis.
Taking in a VERY special #Indy500 tradition today at the Fastest Rookie Luncheon! 🥛
Congrats to @ColtonHerta on his fastest rookie honors! #ThisIsMay // #Indy500MediaDay // #WinnersDrinkMilk pic.twitter.com/fkHwdKI3Zg
On his way back to Indianapolis from Kentucky, JR Hildebrand made a stop at Speedway and paid for a fan's gas. What a guy.
Final stop on today's #Indy500MediaDay - stopped on the way back to surprise my man James Taylor with a $50 @Speedway gift card! Chatted racing for a few mins, we both cant wait for this weekend. 👍🏻👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/XUxIGXL96O
The real fun on this trip took place before Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay ever left the airport. They found Jesus and milkshakes.
The trip, though, was well worth the wait.
Simon Pagenaud slow-danced his way to St. Louis, where he surprised us with a history lesson.
Did you know #StLouis was founded by French fur traders?? Head to my insta story for an insightful history lesson 😂 Obvi had to get @StLouisBlues swag and bench press the arch while I was here for #Indy500MediaDay! #thisismay pic.twitter.com/GJ6dxI3RYG
Sebastien Bourdais and James Davison crashed Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice. We promise, those helmets are designed to go much, must faster.
Look who made a special appearance at @Buccaneers practice today. @BourdaisOnTrack and @JD33Davison are ready to get in some reps 🏈 🏁 Their speed isn’t just limited to the track! @BN9 pic.twitter.com/IMDxg0OF20
While James Hinchcliffe was visiting Toronto, he was clearly a little jealous of Conor Daly getting donuts from Tim Horton's.
Last but not least, last year's Indy 500 winner made a trip to the nation's capital. Will Power visited the Australian Ambassador and the White House. His car made quite the appearance, too.
Had a full day of events representing @IndyCar in Washington DC for #Indy500MediaDay. Thanks to everyone at the White House and the Australian Ambassador's residence for the great day!
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