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IndyCar vs. NASCAR vs. F1: Harlem Shake Battle

Mar 1, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

The Harlem Shake phenomenon may have tailed off a bit, but that hasn’t stopped a few race car drivers and teams from joining in on the fun.

Shortly after the YouTube craze had begun, IndyCar rising star Josef Newgarden and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway decided to put a Brickyard spin on it. Up to now, it had been the undisputed champion of racing-related Shakes:

Newgarden’s always shown a willingness to ham it up for the cameras, so he’s a natural choice for something like this. Also, you can’t help but laugh at the IMS “yellow shirt” official dozing away in a chair while the madness ensues on the frontstretch.

But now, we have challengers to Newgarden’s throne — and they’re none other than the winners of last Sunday’s Daytona 500:

Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team are a bit late to the Shake party; it appears they weren’t the first in the HMS shop to do one. But this is still a hoot. You gotta love Johnson carrying the Harley J. Earl Trophy around like a master blaster. And that guy on the dirtbike? None other than Johnson’s crew chief extraordinaire, Chad Knaus.

Of course no sooner had these two vied for the throne atop this meme than a Formula 1 team decided to get in on the act. Late Friday, Sauber, a Swiss (Swiss!) team, brought one out for a pit stop during testing.

We’ll leave it up to you. Who do you think did it better: Newgarden at IMS, Johnson with his posse, or Sauber in the pits?

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