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Klay Thompson introduced to IndyCar at Sonoma (PHOTOS)

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SONOMA, Calif. – Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson is grand marshal for this weekend’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

This morning, he got introduced to the Verizon IndyCar Series’ world.

He enjoyed a two-seater ride with Davey Hamilton, met Mario Andretti, spoke to assembled reporters in the media center and has met with and signed autographs for fans before his first IndyCar race.

A sampling of photos are below, all via INDYCAR.

Klay Thompson named grand marshal for Sonoma IndyCar finale

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Last year, Stephen Curry paid a visit from the Golden State Warriors to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, along with Kawhi Leonard.

This year, another star from the Warriors is going to be on site in Sonoma, in the form of his teammate Klay Thompson.

Thompson was confirmed as the grand marshal for the race this weekend (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The full release from the track is below.

Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson has been named Grand Marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 15-17.

Thompson, a shooting guard for the reigning NBA Champions, was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft by Golden State with the 11th overall pick. In 2014, he and teammate Stephen Curry set a then-NBA record of 484 combined three-pointers in a season, earning the pair the nickname the “Splash Brothers”.

Thompson is a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree. In 2015, he helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA Championship since 1975. Thompson then helped the Warriors return to the NBA Finals for a third straight year in 2017, winning his second NBA Championship.

In his role as Grand Marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Thompson will take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, Sept. 17, give the official command of, “Drivers, Start Your Engines” and wave the green flag. Thompson will also enjoy a high-speed lap around the road course with racing legend Mario Andretti in a two-seat Indy car. This will mark his first visit to a motorsports event.

“I am beyond excited to be Grand Marshal for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma,” said Thompson. “I have heard so many good things about this race, and I can’t wait to see everything up close in person.”

Thompson is extremely active with Warriors community outreach programs and has been recognized off the court for his efforts in the community. He received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for November 2014 and the Alvin Attles Community Impact Award in April 2015 in recognition of his efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of underserved youth in the Bay Area.

“Klay is a core member of one of the greatest sports teams in Bay Area history. He’s a true champion and we’re excited he will be with us to help crown the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion this Sunday,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager.