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IndyCar: Hinchcliffe, Newgarden pay visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center

Jun 27, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

Apparently, Space Camp was not enough for Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden.

Before getting their weekend underway at the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, the two Honda-powered drivers made their way to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Johnson is home to the United States’ corps of astronauts and Mission Control, which manages all flight control for the U.S. space program.

Guiding the two IndyCar pilots through the tour were U.S. astronauts Drew Feustel, a veteran of NASA’s penultimate Space Shuttle flight back in 2011, and Anna Fisher, who has worked on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station projects.

Stopped by the Johnson Space Center today and everything hit the fan. It's okay, the red phone solves all problems. #NASA

A photo posted by Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) on


This morning, Hinchcliffe was seventh-quickest in first practice, while Newgarden was 17th. Practice 2 will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be streamed on