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Indy 500 drivers go across North America for media day duties

May 20, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

It’s been a busy afternoon for Indianapolis 500 drivers that have gone all over North America to promote Sunday’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

We’ve already shown you Kurt Busch and Marco Andretti visiting NBC’s “Today” show and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” But now, it’s time to take a look at what some of the other drivers are up to on Indy 500 Media Day…

Let’s start with the defending ’500′ champion, Tony Kanaan, who joined the Looney Tunes at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Dallas-Fort Worth and competed in a waterslide race before talking to reporters…

Pole sitter Ed Carpenter saw how MillerCoors fills and packages their beers in Milwaukee…

Joining him in Milwaukee was “The Mayor of Hinchtown,” James Hinchcliffe, who carried out an important part of the job for any mayor…

2000 Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya stayed close to Team Penske headquarters and visited our NBC friends in Charlotte…

A local elementary school was anxious for Charlie Kimball’s stop on his tour around Birmingham, Alabama…

Ryan Hunter-Reay went for a spin around Houston’s Loop 610…

Canada’s own Jacques Villeneuve and Grand Prix of Indianapolis champ Simon Pagenaud trekked to Toronto…

The ’500′ rookies (sans Busch) were feted in a special rookie lunch put on by the American Dairy Association…

After that, they went to Louisville, Kentucky, where they made a stop at the Louisville Slugger factory. One of the rookies, James Davison, got his own Slugger…

Three-time ’500′ champ Helio Castroneves helped out on SportsCenter…

Graham Rahal tried a few beignets in New Orleans…

Alex Tagliani needed a Tim Hortons fix in Dayton, Ohio…

Pippa Mann spent time at a breast cancer research laboratory in Cincinnati…

And Ryan Briscoe gave the Detroit media some hot laps around Belle Isle Park (site of the next IndyCar race after the ’500′).

  1. Jeff - May 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Kudos to NBC promoting a race it doesn’t even broadcast. Just another reason why I wish all IndyCar races were on NBC. Where’s this kind of love from the Disney networks. Yeah ESPN featured one, Helio at a baseball show. What does he know about baseball? Probably about as much as tweeting and taxes.
    JPM looks like a bump on a log. Way to endear yourself to potential fans.
    I also count 6 road-, street-course markets to 2 oval markets. I guess maybe you could count Cincy and Louisville toward the vacant oval market, for the now defunct Kentucky Speedway race. which I wish would come back. So 6 to 3 is still only half.

  2. worknman24hours - May 21, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Baffling,so much great promotion and still the series and the race does’nt get it’s fair share of media coverage elsewhere.

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