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Country superstar Keith Urban to perform before Indianapolis 500

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Country music superstar Keith Urban will be headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May.

The four-time Grammy Award winner will headline the May 27 concert, to be held one day before the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Also performing will be Dustin Lynch and Clayton Anderson.

Urban has had 21 No. 1 hits, including the current “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” He’ also won 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, has five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“Firestone Legends Day has become an awesome way to celebrate the night before the Indianapolis 500 each year and having Keith Urban headline this year’s concert is going to be fantastic,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said in a media release. “Keith’s many chart-topping Billboard hits, along with his appreciation for racing, will give thousands of spectators a can’t miss show to help celebrate the 101st Indy 500 Race Weekend.”

More information is available from the IMS website with tickets going on sale starting next week. Legends Day also includes the Drivers’ Meeting on pit road, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.

 

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BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.