Helio Castroneves of Brazil drives the #3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 5, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama.
There's no escape!
To win a race, you gotta avoid the pitfalls, including oil slicks and water spouting out of the engine. But once you take the checkered flag, you're getting sprayed, one way of the other. After Sunday's Grand Prix of Alabama, race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay found that out the hard (or more likely good) way from runner-up Ryan Dixon (far left) and third-place finisher Helio Castroneves at Barber Motorsports Park. And there was some good news for Castroneves, too — after two races, he sits atop the season points standings.
At least this came first
Imagine what a mess it would be if they covered the winner in confetti AFTER being doused in champagne.
Has Hamlin-Logano fever spread to IndyCar?
Actually, this is a good fist pump. James Hinchcliffe (in green), cheers on teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay after Hunter-Reay won Sunday's Grand Prix of Alabama. It's been a very nice 2013 for the teammates thus far, as Hinchcliffe won the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla.
No, this isn't a real spider, but if drivers spend too much time being distracted at Barber Motorsports Park's Spider Turn (really, that's what it's called), then they could up doing the thing they DO fear most — crashing out.
The winning move
Hunter-Reay (in yellow) takes the lead from Castroneves during Sunday's race. Hunter-Reay would not look back, winning the race. The best dancer in IndyCar, on the other hand, would lose one more spot and finish third.
Yeah, that looks about right
In this shot, Target driver Scott Dixon trails Charlie Kimball through Turn 3. And when the race was over, Dixon trailed only one man — winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Nice day for a drive
Fans enjoy the hillside along Turn 3 at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday. This was the fourth annual running of the Grand Prix of Alabama.
Where's the target?
Scott Dixon of New Zealand drives the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 5 in Birmingham, Ala.
Stretch it out
Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Banana Boat Honda stretches in pit lane prior to practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Will Power of Australia drives the #12 Verizon Team Penske during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
What's on your mind?
Helio Castroneves of Brazil, driver of the #3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet looks at lap times at the conclusion of practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 5.
Bank on it
Helio Castroneves of Brazil drives the #3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.