Last night during the National Football League Honors in Arizona, the late Junior Seau was announced as part of the next class to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Seau, who died in 2012, was one of the top linebackers in NFL history. He was a 10-time All-Pro selection and 12-time Pro Bowl selection.
Following the end of his playing career in 2009, Seau ventured into television as the star of Sports Jobs with Junior Seau, which aired on NBCSN’s predecessor, Versus.
As you can probably guess from the show’s title, Seau took on various support and behind-the-scenes jobs across a wide variety of sports. Among his exploits was being part of Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar pit crew during the 2009 race weekend at Sonoma Raceway.
Below is a clip of Seau in action with “Team Target” during qualifying. Seau not only performed several team duties that day, but also spoke with Danica Patrick (then still in the series with Andretti Autosport) and TCGR managing director Mike Hull.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.