Dean Anderson will sport some unique ink when he returns for next year’s Portland Grand Prix.
The Canadian is an avid Verizon IndyCar Series fan, and if the glorious Indianapolis 500 ‘Wing and Wheel’ tattoo on his right forearm is an indicator of his passion for the sport, the next series of IndyCar-related work will confirm his rabid devotion to open-wheel racing.
“I’ve got Hinch on there, being Canadian, and Dario Franchitti, Mario Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, and Conor Daly,” the native of Vancouver, British Colombia, told RACER. “I’ll get these tattooed after the race.”
Anderson, along with thousands of fans who turned out for IndyCar’s return to Portland, was one of many who gave the series and its drivers a warm welcome to the Pacific Northwest, and in his case, was part of the new story being written at the Oregon road course.
“It’s immensely flattering,” said Hinchcliffe, who signed near the crease on Anderson’s arm. “At first I didn’t understand the purpose of the autograph, but when he told me after I signed, it speaks volumes for the sport to have someone like Dean who went and got multiple drivers to sign his arm. And I feel bad, because had I known, I would have signed somewhere else. Where I signed…I know that’s going to hurt when he gets the tattoo…”