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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.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”