Bo Jackson named as IndyCar Alabama grand marshal

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Cue the “Bo Knows” jokes, now about IndyCar.

Bo Jackson will be the second straight football legend to serve as grand marshal of IndyCar’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, after Bart Starr a year ago. It’s a home race for the Birmingham native at Barber Motorsports Park.

Jackson, the Auburn University running back and Heisman Trophy winner, and two-sport star in baseball and football, is also helping to raise awareness for his “Bo Bikes Bama” tour.

“I am excited to be a part of this world-class event in my hometown,” Jackson said.  “I’m really looking forward to taking Honda’s ‘Fastest Seat in Sports’ and compare it to my ride around the state in ‘Bo Bikes Bama.’”

The aforementioned ‘Fastest Seat in Sports’ is a ride-along in the Honda-sponsored two-seater IndyCar, with two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk driving.

In 2012, Jackson started the campaign to raise funds for tornado relief recovery efforts. Jackson and other athletes biked for five days through tornado-ravaged communities. More information can be found here on the ride’s website.

Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.