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What’s a big race like the 100th Indy 500 without an equally big party?

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The 100th running of the legendary Indianapolis 500 will be the hottest ticket in sports this year.

But what’s a hot ticket without an equally hot party?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Wednesday that Maxim Magazine will host one of the biggest parties of the year on Friday, May 27, two days before the milestone 500.

The party will be held at the Pavilion at Pan Am and will feature renowned DJ Tiësto as headliner of the event.

“Maxim only comes to the most marquee events on the sports and cultural calendar,” IMS president J. Douglas Boles said in a media release. “This will be an epic VIP experience, blending sports, entertainment and culture and bringing even more thrills to an action-packed Race Week.”

More than 2,000 attendees – including A-List Celebrities from fashion, art, music and racing/sports, as well as other VIPs and drivers – will attend the event.

“We see the Indy 500 as a Pinnacle of sporting events,” said Dylan Marer, CEO of Karma International and Executive Producer for Maxim Events, which will put on the event. “Thus we feel it would be a great opportunity and brand elevating experience to kick off the historical weekend for the nation’s largest race event.”

Tiësto has been named “The Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mixmag and the #1 DJ by Rolling Stone. Among his hits are “Red Lights” and “Wasted” with Matthew Koma.

Tiësto won a Grammy in 2015 for the Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical category for his remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me.”

A select number of tickets and tables are still available to attend the party. For more information, visit www.themaximevents.com/maximindy500 and use the code “Maxim500.”

In addition, on race day, May 29th, the pre-race Snake Pit concert will feature Skrillex and additional performances by Martin Garrix, Zedd’s Dead and DJ Mustard. For more information, visit www.indy500snakepit.com.

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.”