Team Penske enjoyed quite the weekend on the track, snagging both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, two of the crown jewels of American motorsports.
When Josef Newgarden emerged out of the cockpit Sunday in Indy, he headed straight for the chain-link fence in front of the grandstand. Or, rather, he headed under it; Newgarden rollicked in delight with a swarm of fans cheering along next to the start/finish line.
It was a Kodak moment. And NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Blaney took notes.
Blaney recreated the iconic scene after his victory in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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It didn’t quite have the spontaneity of Newgarden’s dive. It did have the same effect, though; it bolstered his stock among fans, in particular the one to whom he handed the checkered flag.
Blaney was clearly influenced by his Penske counterpart. Just look at the form he employed as he was swept away in the delirium that surrounded him. Roger Penske would be proud.
Team Penske no solo se llevó las 500 & las 600, también se llevó a todos los fans.
Tanto Josef Newgarden como Ryan Blaney fueron a celebrar con el público en lo que parecería ser una nueva tendencia la de celebrar con los fanaticos.pic.twitter.com/yRBIGiAfSz pic.twitter.com/CtCW4juOye
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Blaney told reporters in his post-race presser that the sole reason he opted for that celebration was because Newgarden did at it The Brickyard.
Ryan Blaney confirms that he ran into the grandstands to celebrate because Josef Newgarden did it in the Indy 500. “I only did it because Josef did it.”
Also says he did it out of appreciation to the fans. Was pleased how many there were despite the delays pic.twitter.com/uRnZYmCRLk
— Steven Taranto (@STaranto92) May 30, 2023
All in all, it was a great weekend for those who race for The Captain. And they made sure to spread their joy to those in attendance.
A weekend we’ll never forget! 🧹 pic.twitter.com/eMDclR4LyD
— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) May 30, 2023
Published at Tue, 30 May 2023 03:24:01 +0000