Howard talks “Rush” on Today Show (VIDEO)

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Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s been on NBC’s “Today” before, but probably not in this context. Howard shared insights about his upcoming film “Rush,” which chronicles the 1976 Formula One World Championship bout between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, earlier on Tuesday’s show.

And of all places to have the interview with Howard and Lauda, it was at the full Nurburgring Nordschleife – site of Lauda’s accident in 1976. The link is here.

Defending winner Takuma Sato to grace front of 2018 Indy 500 tickets

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has unveiled what the ticket for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will look like.

The ticket features blue and red foil stamped with a sculptural embossing of last year’s 500 winner, Takuma Sato, in victory lane, holding the ceremonial winner’s bottle of milk. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, driving for Andretti Autosport.

The ticket was revealed Thursday during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse that featured Sato, now with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, as well as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles, IMS President J. Douglas Boles and Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton.

The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held Sunday, May 27 at IMS.

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