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Leno gets role at Indianapolis GP

US talk show legend Jay Leno is to serve as grand marshal at next weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race.

Leno, an avid motorsports enthusiast and collector of motorcycles and cars, will meet with MotoGP teams and riders on race day, Sunday August 29, and also present a trophy to a podium finisher.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the greatest spectator tracks in the world,” Leno said. “Thankfully my R1 will stay in the Big Dog Garage as I plan to watch and cheer on our three Americans right from the pits.”

Leno's role as grand marshal extends his involvement with both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and MotoGP.

In 1999, Leno drove the Pace Car that led the field of 33 drivers to the start of the Indianapolis 500.

In July of this year, Leno opened his incredible collection of cars and motorcycles to Yamaha MotoGP riders and legends in a special event before the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


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Matt - Unregistered

August 20, 2010 1:57 PM

robsurrey - fly over here to the US and go to the race. In the first year they had Danica Patrick as the Grand Marshal :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: I'd say Jay Leno is light years above her because at least he has a huge interest in bikes. I think he watches the racing as well, as he made a comment about Valentino Rossi in his review video of the Desmosedici RR. He's had the Hayden boys on his show before as well. Danica was just used to draw in the NASCAR/Indy crowd. They could use a former racer, but only the hardcore fans would know who they were so I understand why they'd pick a celeb that would appeal to both random people and hardcore fans.

Green Monster

August 20, 2010 11:23 AM

@squiggle WTF are u talking about? 'who soils everything he touches' This man is probably the most recognisable man in the States more so than Obama! He really is a national hero. For those of u who don't know of Leno open your eyes I've known of him for about 6 Years now!



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