SONOMA, Calif. – News that Ayesha Curry would be grand marshal for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale (6:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) meant the potential that Steph Curry would be here at Sonoma Raceway too.
And indeed, he is.
Curry, the two-time and defending NBA Most Valuable Player who along with the rest of the Golden State Warriors team won the 2015 NBA Finals championship, is on site today as is Kawhi Leonard.
Curry has met a number of drivers thus far before today’s race, with both Ayesha and Steph Curry getting rides in the two-seaters.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.