Townsend Bell, Ray Evernham, Marty Snider make their Indy 500 picks (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Townsend Bell and Ray Evernham made their picks for Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series analyst Bell is picking Ryan Hunter-Reay, while Evernham is going with the newest member to Team Penske, namely, Josef Newgarden.

But NBCSN IndyCar and NASCAR reporter Marty Snider disagrees: he’s picking polesitter Scott Dixon.

Interestingly, none of them picked the driver fans around the world be watching on Sunday: two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, who starts from the middle of Row 2.

Check out the video above.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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