IndyCar drivers make a pit stop at local schools

(WTHR photo Meredith Juliet)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Students at Jonathon Jennings School 109 have spent the past few weeks learning about the Indianapolis 500 and today they met some of the pros.

Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Sage Karam and Indy Lights driver Oliver Askew stopped by the elementary school on Wednesday afternoon.

"It's cool, it's really cool," 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power said.

The drivers played charades with the students, showing examples of healthy activities like bowling and basketball. The students also took part in a relay race to fill a plate with healthy food.

Before the drivers left, they kids sent them off with a milk toast.

"Anyone who wins the race gets to drink milk in Victory Lane and it's the sweetest milk you'll ever taste," Power said.

"We try to spend some time with the kids and talk about the Indianapolis 500 and talk about our dreams, you know, we were all kids at some point," Simon Pagenaud, who will start from the pole in Sunday's race, said, "and I personally was dreaming about being here when I was six years old."

"To get them engaged early and to have them as fans or maybe they'll become race drivers themselves, I just enjoy it, love it," Power said.

"When he took a picture of us I got so excited to actually, like, be with him and take a picture," fifth grader E'Yionna Martin said.

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