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This weekend, the Grand-Am Racing series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard Grand Prix and will mark the first time a diesel car has raced at the famous track since the 1952 Indianapolis 500.
Pop-pop-pop! The exhaust of the MINI John Cooper Works I’m driving reacts enthusiastically as I let off the gas and carefully point the car to the apex of the turn, then accelerate the little car towards the short straight between turns five and six on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.
Right from the pages of Evel Knievel’s childhood diary, we just learned that Team Hot Wheels is going to attempt a world record distance jump at this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Team Hot Wheels is a fairly new crew of stunt drivers, and on Sunday, May 29, they are going to break the current world record distance jump of 302 feet in a four-wheeled vehicle. This is a hell of a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 (way better than hiring a clown or petting zoo). The driver will speed down a 90 ft. ramp that is suspended to 10-story high door (100 feet tall) and will take flight across the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
No word on who will be behind the wheel, but we bet kids and adults alike will be holding their breath as that brave soul makes the gravity-defying feat. This is all a part of Hot Wheel new marketing campaign to appeal to adults as well as to kids (just look at this billboard and tell us you don’t wish you could rev up the minivan for a loop around the track).
“The essence of this multi-year, multi-platform campaign is all about taking the feelings you experienced when playing with Hot Wheels as a kid and bringing them to real life in full scale,” said Simon Waldron, vice president of marketing for Hot Wheels. “By featuring an epic vehicle stunt at this year’s centennial anniversary of the Indy 500, we are engaging fans with a jaw-dropping moment in a way that only Hot Wheels can.”
Donald Trump is set to join the illustrious list of Indy 500 Pace Car drivers when he slides behind the wheel of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS at the quintessential American motorsports event.
The Camaro SS Pace Car, announced earlier this year, will be a convertible model, and that gives us extra incentive to tune in. We can’t wait to see how the Donald’s hair holds up at triple digit speeds.
[Source: New York Post]
Day 5 of the MINI Takes The States Tour saw me back in the Clubman for one final jaunt, with a relatively uneventful drive from Columbus to Indianapolis. A back road detour had us on a road worthy of a car commercial, freshly paved in black asphalt, winding through various Ohio cornfields and small towns. But the best was yet to come, as I was about to get my chance to lap the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although it was officially a slow speed “parade lap”, I found a way around that and was able to experience the joys of going flat out around an oval – or a reasonable facsimile of it.
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