A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Helio Castroneves attend premiere of ‘The Club’ documentary


The living four-time winners of the Indy 500 gathered Thursday night in Indianapolis for the premiere of “Pennzoil presents The Club,” a documentary that will celebrate last year’s gathering of A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves.

“The Club” will be shown on NBC at 2 p.m. ET, Saturday May 14, just before the airing of the NTT IndyCar Series GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. A trailer of the feature is available here (or by clicking above).

Unser died Dec. 9 after a longtime battle with cancer, adding even more poignancy and significance to last summer’s historic meeting between the four drivers. It’s the only recorded conversation between the four four-time Indy 500 winners

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Foyt, Mears and Castroneves attended the documentary’s premiere in downtown Indianapolis.

“I’m speechless,” Castroneves said at the premiere about filming the documentary. “What an amazing opportunity to see some incredible drivers, excluding me. We talked so much. I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe you guys are here and I’m just joining you guys.’ It was a truly special moment. And everyone is going to have the opportunity to see it, too.

The Meyer Shank Racing driver said he heard the story of Foyt providing Unser with an Indy 500 opportunity for the first time while recording “The Club.”

Mears said the filming was “a lot of fun,” though “it’s hard to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time because we’re all chatting with each other back and forth and giving each other a bad time.” IMS president J. Douglas Boles arranged for the secret sitdown of the four-time Indy 500 winners shortly after Castroneves’ record-tying victory. IMS Productions had a crew on hand for a meeting that took place in downtown Indianapolis and the famous Yard of Bricks at the fabled 2.5-mile oval.

“Doug set it up, and everything was great, relaxed and very comfortable,” Mears said. “Even though we’re in the same business, we don’t get together like that. You don’t get the opportunity with the calendars going in different directions. To  be able to do that and get together without the race going on, to sit and chat and focus on what you’re doing there, it was a very special time.”

Said Foyt: “We’ve been together many a time, so it wasn’t much different. It was just like old times. It wasn’t like we hadn’t seen each other every year because we have. Just good times all of us talking.”

On May 29, Castroneves will try to become the race’s first five-time winner in the 106th Indy 500 with broadcast coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET on NBC.

“I love this sport,” Castroneves said. “I love IndyCar. I love to be here. I want to be competitive and continue showing what we can do. Last year was the beginning. … I’d love to break the record. Records are made to be broken. It would be nice to do something special.”

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A.J. Foyt at the premiere of “The Club” in Indianapolis (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment)

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



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