Earlier today at the Real Sports Bar & Grille in downtown Toronto, select members of the media joined up with a trio of Canadian IndyCar stars for lunch and some informal interviews. On had were IndyCar veteran, Paul Tracy, Oakville Ontario hot shoe, James Hinchcliffe and this year’s Indy 500 pole sitter, Alex Tagliani. It was one of the most chill media events I’ve ever attended, as just about everyone knew each other and there was no battling for face time, just some good old Canadian bench racing.
While some of the others did more formal interviews, I grabbed a few photos and socialized with Hinch and PT. Tracy and I shared a couple of stories from our time at the North Halton kart club in the early 80’s. That is not to say that I didn’t come away without any useful news for race fans. Quite the opposite actually, I learned some potentially life changing information.
For instance, did you know that Tags is deathly allergic to most types of nuts? So if you are some sort of hyper fan boy and want to send the speedy French Canadian some treats, you might want to avoid the peanut brittle.
I found out from another interviewer that apparently Paul goes commando under his driving suit. I think I would rather not know what question was asked to reveal that tidbit.
In the photos, you may notice a rather angry looking contusion on the Mayor of Hinchtown’s beak. How ironic is it that a guy who races IndyCars for a living should sustain a rather gory facial injury in a planking accident? Don’t know what planking is? Better visit here to see the Indy crowd in action.
Otherwise, I heard a bunch of my friends ask the guys the exact same questions over and over again. These guys have incredible fortitude when it comes to answer questions that they’ve heard a hundred times. Leave it to us here in The Garage to answer the tough questions such as the status of PT’s gitch!