College football bowl season is getting ready to start soon, and Danica Patrick is set to be a part of it once again.
The GoDaddy-backed Sprint Cup driver will make multiple appearances in the lead-up to the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 4, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama according to the game’s organizers.
Patrick, who recently completed her second season of full-time Cup competition, will serve as Grand Marshal for the Mardi Gras Parade that will take place the day before the game on Jan. 3 in downtown Mobile.
Then, on game day, Patrick will take part in the pre-game coin toss at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and also stick around to award the GoDaddy Bowl trophy to the winning team.
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Patrick finished 28th in the standings this season despite some noticeably solid runs at points. However, she remains one of the sport’s most popular stars and GoDaddy clearly still values her a lot as she’ll once again play a role in their advertising during the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIX in February (which you can see on NBC).
The GoDaddy Bowl features teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference. The Arkansas State Red Wolves were recently announced as the game’s Sun Belt team for the fourth consecutive season, and have won this particular game in back-to-back seasons. The representative from the MAC, which stages its own conference title game tonight, has yet to be revealed.
Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.
The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.
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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.
Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).
Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.
Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.
The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.
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