Here’s what’s to come from IndyCar/MRTI at the 2016 PRI Show

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The Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis runs this week and is expected to feature a number of IndyCar-related announcements.

Most if not all sessions will be streamed on

Here is what to come over the next couple days, with IndyCar noting on Wednesday what events are coming out. All times are ET. The event is open to those inside the industry:

Thursday, Dec. 10
WHAT: Juan Pablo Montoya & Bobby Unser Q&A Session, 11 a.m.
Two living legends of open-wheel racing join together for an on-stage Q&A session as two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya of Team Penske sits down with three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser to talk about their place in the history of the sport, the upcoming 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and much more.

WHAT:  PIRTEK Team Murray Announcement, Noon
PIRTEK Team Murray announcement with Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, in association with the team’s entry in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, which will be driven by Matthew Brabham.
* Matthew Brabham, PIRTEK Team Murray INDYCAR driver
* Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
* Brett “Crusher” Murray, Team Partner

WHAT: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Sponsorship Announcement, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 winner and current INDYCAR team owner Bobby Rahal sits down for a live Q&A session which includes an announcement about a 2016 sponsorship for the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series entry.

WHAT: USF2000 Car Unveil, 2 p.m.
Representatives from the Mazda Road to Indy developmental series will unveil renderings for the new Tatuus USF-17 car that is set to debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017.
* Dan Andersen, Owner of Andersen Promotions
* John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports

WHAT: Mazda Road to Indy Team Announcements, 2:30 p.m.
Juncos Racing and RJB Racing will make separate driver announcements for the upcoming 2016 season.

Friday, Dec. 11
WHAT: Dale Coyne 2016 Driver Announcement,
11 a.m.
Officials at Dale Coyne Racing announce a 2016 sponsorship agreement, the driver of its full-time Verizon IndyCar Series entry and the driver of its one-off entry in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

WHAT: James Hinchcliffe Radio Show, 1 p.m.
James Hinchcliffe hosts his popular XM Satellite Radio show “The Mayor On Air” live from the INDYCAR booth at the PRI show. Featured guests TBD.

WHAT: 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 & Project 100, 2 p.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles discusses the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the ongoing progress of “Project 100.”

WHAT: Lyn St. James Book Signing, 4 p.m.
Former Indy car driver Lyn St. James signs copies of her book “An Incredible Journey” on the INDYCAR stage for attendees of the show.

Saturday, Dec. 12
WHAT: Forza 6 Indy Car Racing Competition,
9:30-10 a.m.; Noon-12:30 p.m.; 2-2:30 p.m.
With Saturday’s activities open to the public, INDYCAR/IMS will host a Forza 6 Indy car racing competition at its booth throughout the day. Participants will compete for prizes as they play the game on the gigantic LED screen that covers the back of the display booth.

WHAT: Q&A with IMS Historian Donald Davidson, 10:00 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson hosts a Q&A about the history of IMS and its various motorsports events.

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Golden 805 Beer
Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”