IndyCar Halloween 2004

Published On October 23, 2012 » 1948 Views» By Chris Jones » Blogs, Photography, Verizon IndyCar Series

With Halloween around the corner, many people are thinking about their Halloween costume for this year.  Some are even making suggestions for their favorite athletes and celebrities.  What costumes do you suggest for the stars of the IZOD IndyCar series?

To help you with your suggestions, we have some never-before seen photos of many of the drivers from Halloween 2004.  In 2004, the year-end IndyCar Championship Celebration was held on a 3-day Disney Cruise.  The cruise ship was still at sea on Halloween night, the day after Tony Kanaan and his Andretti-Green Racing team celebrated their season championship.  For the on-board Halloween party, most of the drivers and team owners were in costume.

The stars of the party were series champion Tony Kanaan and his AGR teammates (Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon, and Bryan Herta) who all dressed up as women.  Here they are along with 2-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk who was dressed as Hugh Heffner.

 

Dan Wheldon, Arie Luyendyk, Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta, Dario Franchitti

 

Team owner Sam Schmidt got in the spirit with his Crash Test Dummy costume.

 

Sam Schmidt

 

Team owner Michael Andretti was Batman, the Dark Knight.  Here he is along with Arie and Arie Jr.

 

Arie Luyendyk, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Michael Andretti

 

One of the more creative costumes was 2-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. who was dressed as Beetlejuice from the Tim Burton movie.

 

Al Unser Jr.

 

The drivers weren’t the only ones to dress up.  Here is Ed Carpenter as Joe Dirt along with his wife Heather.

 

The Carpenters

 

And here is 1999 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee who was placed under arrest by his wife Norma.

 

The McGehees

 

Now that you have seen this crazy and fun side of your favorite drivers, what other costumes would you recommend for them?

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Chris Jones

I am a staff photographer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series. I have been attending the Indy 500 since 1972. Since 2003, I have been a member of the IMS photo staff, and in 2004, I was fortunate enough to become a member of the photo “travel team” for the IndyCar series. In 1998, I moved to the Town of Speedway where I currently reside about 2 blocks from the IMS Main Gate. My Blog will be all about the wonderful Town of Speedway. I will discuss the town’s history, current town activities, and more importantly, those things that make Speedway a wonderful place to call home. As you can probably guess, photos, both current and historic, will be included in my Blog posts.
9 comments
A 10s guy
A 10s guy

Are cameras allowed in the stands on race day?    Paul

Hannah955
Hannah955

I know somebody who was on this cruise, and she said that Asshley Judd was running around the whole time trying to stick "Vote Kerry" stickers on everybody. Looks like she tagged Dan, Ryan, Tony and her soon-to-be-ex-husband Dario. Wonder how many of them are actually citizens and gave a crap about the election?

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Faith KIDWELL
Faith KIDWELL

I have a picture of Dan at that party with a chef's costume on and one of Arie, I guess as a Greek God

Chris Blackwell
Chris Blackwell

How about Buddy Lazier in his birthday suit! DOB: October 31, 1967.

scott miller
scott miller

great pics....so glad you shared them with the fans! Danny Wheldon,god love him, thats just priceless with Team Andretti and Arie as HEF !

Suzanne
Suzanne

Arie Jr looks very feminine as a pirate..."Dainty Pirate!"

Mike
Mike

Robby McGehee??? Whatever happened to him?