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IMSA adds B.o.B as pre-race headline concert at Sebring

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway wasn’t the only motorsports entity putting out a musical act on Thursday.

IMSA too announced that the upcoming Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will feature a pre-race concert, in the form of B.o.B, but with or without Bruno Mars remains to be seen.

If you got the joke, congratulations, you’re well aware of the “Nothin’ on You” song.

Here’s the release from IMSA:

Multi-platinum recording artist B.o.B is ready to “Rock The Grid” in Sebring on Friday, March 18.

The Atlanta-based rapper/musician/producer, whose hits include “Airplanes,” featuring Haley Williams of Paramore, and the Grammy-nominated “Nothing On You,” featuring Bruno Mars, will headline the Rock The GridTM concert to be held in Sebring, Florida beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18.

In addition to his recording accolades, B.o.B owns a substantial social media presence, with more than 9.1 million Facebook likes (Facebook.com/bobatl), 2.3 million Twitter followers (@bobatl) and 600,000 Instagram followers (@bob).

Rock The GridTM is the vision of longtime IMSA competitor Jim Jonsin of Rebel Rock Racing. Jonsin is a Grammy Award-winning music producer whose credits include hits for Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Usher, T.I., Pitbull and Eminem among many others.   The concert is made possible by Continental Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Rebel Rock and IMSA.

“The Rock The GridTM concert will be a game changer for IMSA and our existing fans, and the most significant effort yet in our mission to attract new fans to our sport,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton.   “This represents an outstanding opportunity to entertain our many existing Sebring guests and introduce our sport to a broad range of new fans. We are grateful to Jim Jonsin for presenting us with this tremendous opportunity and for providing A-list talent through Rebel Rock. We also must recognize our partners – Continental Tire and VP Racing Fuels – for their continued outstanding support and for helping us make Rock The GridTM a reality.”

Building upon his success as a producer, Jonsin founded the record label Rebel Rock, and the debut release of flagship artist B.o.B delivered three platinum-plus singles. In addition to B.o.B, Rebel Rock artists Leroy Sanchez and Alys Ffion also will perform in the Rock The GridTM concert at Sebring.

“I’m really excited for the launch of Rock The GridTM with IMSA, Continental Tire and VP Racing Fuels at Sebring,” Jonsin said.  “In my five years as a race team owner, driver or just camping out as a race fan, I’ve learned how amazing and diverse the crowds at these events can be.  Rock The Grid’s mission is to raise the bar when it comes to at-track entertainment and bring a fresh new generation of fans to motorsports.”

Sanchez is a Los Angeles-based recording artist signed to Interscope Records. While recording his debut album, Sanchez has earned 500,000 Facebook likes and Instagram followers, in addition to 1.7 million YouTube subscribers. His cover of Adele’s “Hello,” has been viewed more than 25 million times.

Ffion is a 19-year-old Australian singer-songwriter based in Nashville. She is highly regarded for her refreshing style and has chalked up some significant achievements including supporting international artists on their Australian tours, featuring on X-Factor winner Reece Mastin’s most recent album and an endorsement by Martin Guitars. Ffion also will perform the national anthem prior to the start of the race onSaturday, March 19.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold