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


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.