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Planking at Indianapolis

May 19, 2011

As the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 draws ever closer, the field of 41 drivers have been preparing themselves ahead of this weekend’s qualifying sessions.

…or they would have had the weather permitted. Unfortunately, a mixture of heavy mists and occasional bursts of rain has kept the red flag out for the duration of the last two days. With the constant high speeds that are generated on oval tracks, no running takes place in damp or wet conditions.

As a result – and with little else to do, the internet grew with numerous images of drivers, crews and fans “planking”.
This recent phenomenon see lie down on a surface – or object – with the arms straightened in an effort to resemble a plank. It is an odd internet fad, but something that has helped generate some fun while the quietened hours tick away at the famed circuit.

Bright, but cloudy conditions are expected to return to Indianapolis tomorrow, which should (hopefully) see the field get in some solid running; however early forecasts are warning of heavy thunderstorms this weekend, which may delay qualifying for a couple of days.
Ironically, as the circuit closed for the day, the sun returned to Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, here are some planks.

Tomas Scheckter (KV / SH Racing)

Penske's Will Power and Ryan Briscoe

James Hinchcliffe (Newman-Haas)

Tony Kanaan (KV Racing)

Rafa Matos (AFS)

Gustavo Yacaman (Indy Lights driver)

The KV Racing foursome (EJ Viso, Takuma Sato, Tomas Scheckter and Tony Kanaan)

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)

Alex Lloyd (Dale Coyne Racing)

Arie Luyendyk Jr proves himself to be a nutter above the turn one grandstand.

..and the winner is: Paul Tracy (Dreyer & Reinbold) with his so-called "anti-plank"

These pictures have either been uploaded by the drivers themselves or their respective teams.

From → IndyCar Series

3 Comments
  1. A bit suspicious about not being able to see Power and Briscoe’s feet
    Scott Dixon wins it for me

  2. Leigh O'Gorman permalink

    True. Penske seem to getting an advantage there.
    🙂

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