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.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.