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Edelman, USC coach Helton, celebrities visit Long Beach weekend

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Given it’s proximity to Los Angeles, (it is only about 25 miles south of L.A.) the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is never short of celebrities or other sports figures in attendance.

While this year’s event did not feature the previously long-standing Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race for the first time in ages, there were still plenty of celebrities on hand.

The grand marshal for the event was USC head football coach Clay Helton, while two-time Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots rode along with Mario Andretti in the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports.

The New England Patriots wide receiver also spent time with defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi, who gave him a behind-the-scenes-look at the sport.

Of course, Edelman wasn’t the only one to take a ride with Mario. Singer Leona Lewis, along with boyfriend Dennis Jauch, and actress Chloe Grace Moretz all enjoyed two-seater rides, as well as comedian Jeff Ross.


Dennis Jauch, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Leona Lewis at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Photo: IndyCar


Comedian Jeff Ross with Mario Andretti. Photo: IndyCar

Below is a full list of celebrities who attended the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, via INDYCAR:

Guests of Marco Andretti:
•    Nina Dobrev, “Vampire Diaries”
•    Comedian Nick Swardson
•    Comedian Jeff Ross
•    Bridget Marquardt, “The Girls Next Door”

Guests of Conor Daly:
•    Chloe Grace Moretz, “Carrie”; “Let Me In”
•    Tory Belleci, “Mythbusters”; “White Rabbit Project”
•    DJ MAKJ
•    YouTube personality iJustine
•    Kevin Ray, bassist for band Walk the Moon
•    Television presenter/producer/writer Andrea Feczko

Guests of James Hinchcliffe:
•    Terra Jole, “Little Women: LA”; “Dancing with the Stars” (Season 23)
•    Pierson Fodé, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
•    Singer/songwriter Leona Lewis
•    LA Galaxy player Gyasi Zardes

Also of note: James Hinchcliffe received a visit earlier in the weekend from former Dancing With the Stars partner Sharna Burgess, with whom he finished second on the 23rd of the dance competition show. Hinchcliffe, of course, went one spot better on Sunday.

Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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