Skrillex to headline Snake Pit at 100th Indy 500

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Skrillex is the headliner but clearly not the only big name that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has recruited for the Snake Pit on race day for this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Here’s the release from the Speedway:

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Global electronic music icon Skrillex will headline the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light during the monumental 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Fast-rising superstar Martin Garrix and popular acts Zeds Dead and DJ Mustard will join him in packing the infield with thousands of excited fans on Race Day.

General admission and VIP tickets for this massive May 29 event are on sale now for $20 and $85 at http://www.ims.com and http://www.Indy500SnakePit.com. All Snake Pit ticketholders must also hold a valid Indy 500 general admission or reserved seat ticket. Packages that include Race Day GA tickets are available.

“Some of the biggest electronic music acts in the world are set to throw the best Race Day party in town,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President. “You won’t find a better or more unique place to see an artist like Skrillex or Martin Garrix than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Day. It’s going to be a blast for thousands of fans and a can’t-miss event.”

Skrillex has won a total of eight Grammy Awards, sold over 10 million singles to date and played 500 shows in 35 countries since 2010. In 2013, he was the most-played artist on SoundCloud and the fourth-most viewed artist on YouTube. His massive hit “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites” sold millions of copies and helped instigate one of the largest shifts in modern American music in recent memory, the galvanizing totem of a new youth movement. His 11,000-square-foot compound nestled in the heart of L.A. houses his label, OWSLA, as well as the futurist venture NESTHQ.com. The latter project was formed as a means of iterating the values of the dance community, Skrillex’s community, in one consistently positive voice.

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers behind Martin Garrix’s meteoric rise. The Dutch superstar has already set precedents and scored landmarks at every corner of the music industry. He has made Billboard’s prestigious “21 under 21” list as well as Forbes’ “30 under 30” list and won an MTV European Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Act. His double platinum hit “Animals” has to date garnered more than 100 million streams on Spotify and over half a billion views on YouTube. Martin’s ambitions are ramping up for 2016. With loads of fresh new tracks on the way and a full agenda with every major festival worth attending on it, this young adult whiz kid shows that he’s at the forefront of today’s electronic music scene.

Zeds Dead has an enormous catalogue that includes remixes for some of the biggest artists out there, and releases with the most credible labels in the game. They’ve accumulated hundreds of millions of views online and play live to hundreds of thousands of people annually.

DJ Mustard is an award-winning artist and mega-producer who coined the “ratchet” sound, bringing a hot, new and different sound to hip-hop. In just three years, DJ Mustard has sold over 20 million singles and constructed a registry of hits for the likes of Tyga, 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, Kid Ink, Y.G, and nabbed collaborations with Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, and more. Mustard executive produced YG’s debut album “My Krazy Life,” which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 200, No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop and No. 1 on the Rap charts. In 2015, he became the first artist to win both R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter Of The Year and R&B/Hip Hop Producer Of The Year at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

IMS has once again partnered with React Presents, the leading electronic concert and festival promoter in the Midwest, to produce the event. React Presents is a full service club, concert and festival promotion company based in Chicago.

Justin Grant prevails over Kyle Larson in the Turkey Night Grand Prix

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On the heels of his Hangtown 100 victory, Justin Grant worked his way from 13th in the Turkey Night Grand Prix to beat three-time event winner Kyle Larson by 1.367 seconds. The 81st annual event was run at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the sixth time.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant said in a series press release. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”

With its genesis in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium, a quarter-mile dirt track in Los Angeles, the race is steeped in history with winners that include AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Gary Bettenhausen and Johnnie Parsons. Tony Stewart won it in 2000. Kyle Larson won his first of three Turkey Night Grands Prix in 2012. Christopher Bell earned his first of three in 2014, so Grant’s enthusiasm was well deserved.

So was the skepticism that he would win. He failed to crack the top five in three previous attempts, although he came close last year with a sixth-place result. When he lined up for the feature 13th in the crowded 28-car field, winning seemed like a longshot.

Grant watched as serious challengers fell by the wayside. Mitchel Moles flipped on Lap 10 of the feature. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid took a tumble on Lap 68 and World of Outlaws Sprint car driver Carson Macedo flipped on Lap 79. Grant saw the carnage ahead of him and held a steady wheel as he passed Tanner Thorson for the lead with 15 laps remaining and stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the event.

“It’s a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Grant said.


Kyle Larson follows Justin Grant to the front on Turkey Night

The 2012, 2016 and 2019 winner, Larson was not scheduled to run the event. His wife Katelyn is expecting their third child shortly, but after a couple of glasses of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and while watching some replays of the event, Larson texted car owner Chad Boat to see if he had a spare car lying around. He did.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson said. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end.

“I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into [Turn] 1 and get clear off [Turn] 2 if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

Larson padded one of the most impressive stats in the history of this race, however. In 10 starts, he’s won three times, finished second four times, was third once and fourth twice.

Bryant Wiedeman took the final spot on the podium.

As Grant and Larson began to pick their way through the field, Kofoid took the lead early from the outside of the front row and led the first 44 laps of the race before handing it over to Cannon McIntosh, who bicycled on Lap 71 before landing on all fours. While Macedo and Thorson tussled for the lead with McIntosh, Grant closed in.

Thorson finished 19th with McIntosh 20th. Macedo recovered from his incident to finish ninth. Kofoid’s hard tumble relegated him to 23rd.

Jake Andreotti in fourth and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top five.

1. Justin Grant (started 13)
2. Kyle Larson (22)
3. Bryant Wiedeman (4)
4. Jake Andreotti (9)
5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1)
6. Logan Seavey (8)
7. Alex Bright (27)
8. Emerson Axsom (24)
9. Carson Macedo (7)
10. Jason McDougal (18)
11. Jake Swanson (16)
12. Chase Johnson (6)
13. Jacob Denney (26)
14. Ryan Timms (23)
15. Chance Crum (28)
16. Brenham Crouch (17)
17. Jonathan Beason (19)
18. Cade Lewis (14)
19. Tanner Thorson (11)
20. Cannon McIntosh (3)
21. Thomas Meseraull (15)
22. Tyler Courtney (21)
23. Buddy Kofoid (2)
24. Brody Fuson (5)
25. Mitchel Moles (20)
26. Daniel Whitley (10)
27. Kaylee Bryson (12)
28. Spencer Bayston (25)