It’s been a busy week or so since I last posted. We had a great time at the Ganassi holiday party. Turns out, the guys clean up nicely! It was fun to spend some time with everyone while not talking about race setups or looking at race data (OK, maybe there was a bit of setup talk…).

With artist Jeff Moses at the gala

After the party, it was time to pack for a five-day trip around the East Coast. I started in Boston for the Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Gala. It was a ton of fun to be around people who all share such enthusiasm for the same cause. But to be honest, I’ll take wearing a firesuit and helmet over wearing a tux and bow tie any day!

Following the gala it was on to Princeton, NJ, home of Novo Nordisk, for our annual media training sessions. I’m always humbled to be a part of that group… chatting with legends like Will Cross, Jay Hewitt, Kendall Simmons, Marcus Dupree, Lou Brock and Rosa Rosen is pretty cool! I stayed an extra day and met local high school students in Princeton.

On Wednesday I was in the Big Apple and put that media training to good use right away, filming segments for the WPIX morning show and the Dr. Steve Show. If you’re in the NYC area, be sure to tune in this week!

I traveled back to Indy and spent my Thanksgiving here with good friends who are like family to me. I’m very thankful to be able to do what I love and have the support to do so! I even got a head start on working off those calories on Thanksgiving morning by running the Drumstick Dash with some fellow IndyCar drivers and PitFit owner/trainer Jim Leo. Thanks to Jim for getting me the No. 83 bib number!

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! For me, it’s back to work now… daily PitFit training sessions, a presentation at an ADA event tomorrow, an autograph session at the Big Ten Fan Fest on Friday, and another presentation in Phoenix on Saturday.

Hinch, Scott and Jim
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