Nicky Hayden to Serve as Grand Marshal at Indy Mile

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motogp_nicky_hayden When the MotoGP riders arrive in Indianapolis this weekend, most of them will immediately start to gear up for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. But Nicky Hayden will make his way across town to the legendary Indy Mile, where he will be serving as the Grand Marshall for the Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship.

Hayden, 29, is from nearby Owensboro, Kentucky, and throughout his international racing career, has earned the nickname the Kentucky Kid. Hayden will meet the AMA riders at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where thousands will meet to watch the “crown jewel” of flat track motorcycle racing.

This year marked the first Ducati win for a flat track mile, and with Hayden present, Joe Kopp and his Ducati team will have some added incentive to claim win number two.

“We’re honored to have a U.S. and World Champion such as Nicky Hayden serve as Grand Marshal”, said Mike Moore, president of The Promotion Company-Family Events, producers of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile. “It’s a fitting tribute Nicky’s many accomplishments, especially here at the legendary Lucas Oil Indy Mile where he was first honored as a rookie.”

Leno Will be the GP Grand Marshal in Indianapolis

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motogp_leno When the MotoGP goes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend, legendary comedian Jay Leno will serve as the Grand Marshall.

The Tonight Show host will help welcome the MotoGP stars at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Leno as an avid auto enthusiast, with a wide collection of antique cars and motorcycles. Leno will welcome the MotoGP riders, as well as prevent the trophies at the end of the race.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the greatest spectator tracks in the world,” Leno said. “Thankfully my R1 will stay in the Big Dog Garage as I plan to watch and cheer on our three Americans right from the pits.”

Leno has been a part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the past decade. Leno drove the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Pace Car at the Indianapolis 500 in 1999, and Last July, he brought a few MotoGP riders to see his collection of cars and motorcycles in Southern California.