Taylor Swift to be featured on Tony Kanaan’s IndyCar in Detroit; will she make it to track?

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DETROIT – Taylor Swift will be in Detroit this weekend, and will be making her maiden trip to an IndyCar race.

Well, not actual Taylor Swift. Yet, anyway.

But her likeness and image from her THE 1989 WORLD TOUR – which is set to occur in Detroit at 5 p.m. Saturday night at Ford Field – will be featured on 2013 Indianapolis 500 Tony Kanaan’s No. 10 Chevrolet in this weekends Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans.

TK’s No. 10 car for Chip Ganassi Racing will take on a different look, as the Big Machine Records artist and her tour will be featured prominently on the car. Big Machine Records is the official entertainment partner of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.

“Taylor Swift has become the biggest artist in the world and continues to shatter sales and airplay records as her historic The 1989 World Tour kicks into high gear in Detroit,” Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records President, said in a release. “Indy 500 Champ Tony Kanaan knows a thing or two about high gears and will be racing for the wins this weekend with The 1989 World Tour livery taking over his #10 Chevy Indy Car.”

Will Swift make an appearance at the track? That remains to be determined.

Race fans who have followed Conor Daly, who will make his first doubleheader start in the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda this weekend, will know that Daly is an unashamed, unabashed T-Swift fan.

So I pondered the other night on Twitter whether a T-Swift and Daly meet up could happen. This banter on Twitter followed.

The anticipation builds…

Interestingly this marks Kanaan’s third straight year with an alternate livery in Detroit. Hippino gray and green colors adorned Kanaan’s KV Racing Technology Chevrolet in 2013, and Energizer black was on “TK’s” Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in 2014.

And, because I’m a nerd, this marks the first time a Swift has been in an IndyCar race since Tarso Marques finished seventh in a Swift chassis with a Ford Cosworth engine at the 2000 CART finale at Auto Club Speedway. The result was Marques’ best finish in the series.

Haters gonna hate if they don’t dig my obscure way of tying a cultural icon into North American open-wheel history.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).