The Verizon IndyCar Series will be represented tonight during Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.
The quartet of Team Penske’s IndyCar drivers – series champion Will Power, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, 2000 Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya, and team newcomer Simon Pagenaud – plus their boss, Roger Penske, are all watching the Big Game in person as guests of Verizon, which is also a major sponsor of the NFL.
In an IndyCar release earlier this week, Pagenaud said: “I’ve been to a football game before, but this is certainly a great experience. With Verizon being our team partner and the series’ main partner, and a partner with the NFL, it will be a quite a spectacle. I’m looking forward to it.”
With Verizon hosting them, you’d think the Penske posse will be enjoying some serious perks tonight. Indeed, they’ve already had one in the lead-up to kickoff: Meeting Houston Texans star and NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt.
Fox Sports’ main NFL announcer, Joe Buck, is also in the picture too. But with all due respect to Buck, he didn’t rack up 20.5 sacks and became the first NFL player ever with multiple 20-sack seasons this year.
Pagenaud has also met up with several other NFL talents during his time in Arizona, including former standout running back LaDainian Tomlinson (pictured below with Pagenaud) and top Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman:
The four drivers may have some interesting tweets tonight from the game, so be sure to give their respective Twitter accounts a follow: @12WillPower, @h3lio, @jpmontoya, and @simonpagenaud.
Super Bowl XLIX pregame coverage continues RIGHT NOW on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.