On 18 May 2011, following New Zealand driver Wade Cunningham's introduction, IndyCar Series driver Alex Lloyd posted a Twitter picture of himself planking on a child's table, whereupon fellow racer Scott Dixon planked on the tires of his race car, prompting Tony Kanaan and his pit crew to compete with him. The weather prevented on-track activity, and so for the entire rain-soaked day, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway turned into a hotbed of drivers and team members planking, prompting an almost unprecedented wave of Twitter photographs and references from drivers and fans alike.


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Original Description

plank·ing (plank'in) noun
1.the act of laying planks
2.planks in quantity
3.the planks of a structure

Source: Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

New Description
Planking is the action of lying face down with arms to the sides of the body, stiff as a "plank" in unusual public spaces and photographing it. Some call it "active lying down."

The term "planking" was coined in Australia March 27, 2011 and is becoming a fad.

Planking has its origins in the lying down game (1997 or 2006) in Europe and Japan. It has also been known as ("playing dead", South Korea, "à plat ventre" ("On one’s belly", France 2004), and "extreme lying down" (2008, Australasia).

It can be dangerous. On 15 May 2011, Acton Beale, a 20-year-old man, plunged to his death after reportedly "planking" on a seventh-floor balcony in Brisbane, Australia. This is the first known casualty of the planking fad.


Early start on 'Planking Day'

Planking is the action of lying face down with arms to the sides of the body, in unusual public spaces and photographing it.

That's the definition. The intent, like many fads through the years, is more nebulous.

Within minutes Scott Dixon using his race car as a prop in the Target Chip Ganassi Racing garage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his head-and-toe variation, multiple IZOD IndyCar Series drivers added their own planking photos to social media outlets.

"I want to do a plank on the rear wing, but the team won't let me," Dixon said. "Maybe I'll sneak into the garage and put it on Twitter."

The Planking Australia group on Facebook, which claims to have initiated the idea, has announced May 25 as the inaugural Planking Day to encourage new and group planking. Maybe it will become an Indy tradition to be held on the first rained-out day of practice each year.

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