THE INVITATION: At the IZOD IndyCar Series

Story by Justine Iaboni. Photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling.

When two race car drivers host a red carpet event, a few expectations have to be met. First: A sweet token supermodel clad in a thermal racing suit must appear in every picture taken on the red carpet. Check. Second: There must be a gawk-inducing racecar parked out front, which no one has ever driven before, obviously teleported to the event. Check. Lastly: Lots and lots of dudes in slick suits and branded golf shirts milling about. Check, check and check.

The IZOD series drivers Alex Tagliani and Paul Tracy got the basics down pat—and they even invited a stylish array of their racing friends, including Dancing with the Stars survivor Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Al Unser Jr., Ryan Hunter-Reay, Gil de Ferran and yes, the lovely Danica Patrick.

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