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2014 MAVTV 500 :: IZOD IndyCar Series Championships

 

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MAVTV 500 & IndyCar Championships Race Coverage on AmericaJR.com

WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Verizon IndyCar Driver Helio Castroneves

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo spoke one-on-one with Helio Castroneves, Driver of the No. 3 Penske AAA Chevrolet, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Verizon IndyCar series driver is currently at the top of the points standings. He kicked around the soccer ball with some players from the L.A. Galaxy MLB soccer club. The event was to promote the upcoming MAVTV 500 season-ending race at the Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Fontana, Calif. In addition, I had the rare opportunity to ride in the back seat of a Honda 2-seater IndyCar.

Helio Castroneves practices with the L.A. Galaxy soccer team in Carson, CA By Jason Rzucidlo

IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves made a stop at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Aug. 6 to train with members of the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was in town to promote the upcoming MAVTV 500 season finale at the Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 30. “It was fun, the goal is big,” said Castroneves in an exclusive interview. “Trust me, it’s hard to get in. It was my first time being here with the L.A. Galaxy. The players and the whole organization was really nice. You can see that everybody’s dedicated.” The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner is seeking his first IndyCar championship and it could come this year.

Rusty Wallace, Jim France honored at 26th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremony By Jerome Rzucidlo

The 26th Annual induction ceremony for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America was held at the Fillmore Theatre on August 6, 2014. This is the oscars of Motorsports. As most of you know, the Motorsports Hall of Fame is moving to Daytona International Speedway. All motorized competition including the Open Wheel, stock cars, motorcycles, aviation, drag racing, stock cars and powerboats are represented at the Hall of Fame. So let's celebrate the greatest night in Motorsports. Joie Chitwood III says "It is an exciting time in our business."

IndyCar to honor 2014 Champion at Club Nokia in Los Angeles

Fans are invited to mingle with the stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series during the INDYCAR Championship Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The Championship Celebration will take place the day after the title-deciding MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships race in prime time at Auto Club Speedway and culminate with the presentation of the Astor Cup and $1 million bonus to the Verizon IndyCar Series championship-winning team and driver.

Hangar 24 to host MAVTV 500 IndyCar Fan Party

Auto Club Speedway’s Official Craft Beer, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, is hosting the Hangar 24 MAVTV 500 INDYCAR Fan Party on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6 – 9 p.m. (Hangar 24 Tasting Room, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, Calif.). The Hangar 24 Fan Party is open to the public and the perfect setting to get with fellow race fans to talk shop before the world’s fastest drivers return to INDYCAR’s fastest track to race under the lights at Auto Club Speedway for the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships race on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Race Officials named for the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships

Titan Gilroy, host of MAVTV’s "TITAN: AMERICAN BUILT," has been named Grand Marshal for the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships - the final race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series to be held under the lights at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 30. As Grand Marshal, Gilroy will give the most famous command in motorsports “Drivers Start Your Engines.” For the past twelve years, Gilroy has built up an enviable reputation as America’s premier precision machinist determined to put American manufacturing back on top of the world in aerospace, military and automotive manufacturing.

PHOTOS: 2014 MAVTV 500 Pre-Race Ceremony, Race and Victory Lane

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. for the IZOD IndyCar series MAVTV 500 race on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Look for photos of the pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions, the race itself, cars in the pit lane, cars in the garage, victory lane celebrations and the press conference thereafter. Tony Kanaan won the race while Will Power won the IndyCar Championship.

WATCH: Will Power's Walk of Fame ceremony at Auto Club Speedway

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. for the Verizon IndyCar MAVTV 500 season finale race. Last year's winner, Will Power, added his footprints, signature and car number (12) to the speedway's Walk of Fame. A special plaque was also cemented in the ground. It is located outside of Gate C near the O'Reilly Fan Zone. In this video, you'll also see interviews with race fans Brenda Clem from Fresno, Calif.; Steve McCulloh from Redondo Beach, Calif.; and by Ina Muckey from Camarillo, Calif.

Tony Kanaan wins MAVTV 500; Will Power named 2014 IndyCar champion By Jason Rzucidlo

This year’s MAVTV 500 went by very fast. Tony Kanaan took the checkered flag with by 3.67 seconds over his teammate Scott Dixon. Will Power finished ninth securing his first IndyCar title. Meanwhile, pole winner Helio Castroneves ended up in 14th position, dashing any hopes of becoming the IndyCar champion for this season. "It's been a long time coming," Kanaan told IndyCar.com, who claimed his first victory since the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and announced that his wife, Lauren, was expecting their first child in January.

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