IndyCar drivers' S. Florida homes were spared Irma's worst

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – You may already know that many IndyCar drivers call South Florida home.

Many of their homes were in the path of Hurricane Irma last weekend.

IndyCar drivers arrived in Sonoma, California on Wednesday… about as far from Florida as you can get.

Practice begins Thursday for the final race of the season.

Several drivers told us they are are grateful that Irma’s destructive power largely spared their homes.

Tony Kanaan's home in Key Biscayne is still without electricity. Water came up to the front steps but did not get inside the home of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion.

Kanaan and his family came to Indianapolis last week to avoid the storm.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves evacuated his family to Atlanta. His home in Fort Lauderdale is about a mile from the beach.

He shared photos of problems closer to the water. Part of a tree landed on his roof but his home had little damage.

"Fortunately, we didn't have any flood, we didn't have any extensive damage,” Castroneves told us. “Unfortunately, we lost a little bit of a palm tree that I had there which I really like it, but it couldn't resist the high winds from Hurricane Irma. A little bit of damage on the dock as well but I tell you what, everyone is really lucky."

2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay also lives in Fort Lauderdale. His family left for California last week to avoid Irma. His home suffered roof damage with a tree that fell on the house. He and other drivers said they were feeling fortunate to avoid more serious problems.

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