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Take note, MotoGP fans. The series' next stop will be right her in America at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As the second and final stop here in the United States, this will be the last time you'll be able to see the fastest motorcycles ridden by the most talented riders in the world for a while.

And we've just been made aware of yet another reason why you might want to make the pilgrimage down to Indy for the weekend's festivities. It seems that the Grand Marshall for the event will be none other than certified gearhead and comedian Jay Leno.

As part of his duties, Leno will be presenting the winner's trophy at the end of the race, but he apparently won't be taking any hot laps of his own. Says the comedian:
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the greatest spectator tracks in the world. 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.
[Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway via Asphalt & Rubber]
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INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 – Yamaha and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are pleased to bring legendary comedian and late-night television host Jay Leno to serve as grand marshal of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP motorcycle race.

Leno, an avid motorsports enthusiast and collector of motorcycles and cars, will meet with MotoGP teams and riders on Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 29 at IMS and also present a trophy to a podium finisher.

"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's role as grand marshal extends his involvement with both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and MotoGP.

In 1999, Leno drove the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Pace Car that led the field of 33 drivers to the start of the Indianapolis 500. In July, Leno opened his incredible collection of cars and motorcycles at Jay Leno's Garage in Southern California to current MotoGP riders and legends in a special event presented by Yamaha before the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

IMS tickets: Tickets for the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP are on sale now. A new structure offers additional value and flexibility to fans attending the annual MotoGP event.

Among the highlights of the new ticket structure are lower prices and single-day reserved and general admission tickets for Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 29. Children 12 and under will be admitted free any day of the event if accompanied by an adult holding a general admission ticket.

Fans can order tickets online at www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
General admission tickets provide access to the grounds, viewing mounds along the infield section of the circuit and selected grandstands, which provide excellent angles to see the greatest riders in the world.

Fans can now print their tickets – three-day reserved seat and Race Day-only general admission and reserved seat tickets – with their printer after ordering tickets online at www.imstix.com. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is Jay grabbing Jorge Lorenzo's sack?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well at least Jay rides the right sport bike ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I respect Jay more and more each day.

      Despite all his fame he's still a car guy's car guy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I used to feel that way till he tried to copy Top Gear's car bit and did that miserable bit...

        And Team Coco.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Coco for life!....

        But I do respect Jay for his automotive passion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To the contrary, I respect him less and less. His love for cars doesn't put aside what he did to Conan.

        Team Coco.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He sounds like a very good pick for this role.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Axelwood, you mean what NBC did to Coco. Oh, have you noticed Coco will be pushing Lopez from his time slot?

      Good for Jay. Hope he has fun as Grand Marshal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        get your facts right, before you try to argue a point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Facts are:

        1) NBC wanted O'Brien in the Tonight Show to bring his younger audience
        2) They really did not want to kick Leno out, and since his show is cheaper than creating regular programming they put the Tonight Show basically on at 9 (10 EST)
        3) When Leno could not attract enough audience they started cutting his time slot in some days
        4) O'Brien lost audience share, making Letterman #1 for the first time in years
        5) Stations started griping about their news-hour losses (ad revenues) due to this new mess
        6) Leno did not want to leave (and had a huge contract), so NBC decided to put him back on the Tonight Show to gain on Letterman.
        7) Leno feigned some victimhood as well from this debacle, but really got the best of both worlds. His new show was a dud, but got his old show back.

        and 8) NBC programming is still rather bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they force him to wear something other than his denim uniform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish autoblog.com would stop posting stories about this guy! EW I am sick of him and all his cars!

        Go find the average American car lover and show their cars, I rather see and read about a guy working on a beat up 70's Chevy nova then anything about this guy !

        It may not be that he is doing this on purpose, but its like every time we see a story in here about him, 7 out of 10 times its about all his cars, motorcycles, etc to the point it is like he is bragging look at what I have you never will have.. God stop posting stories about his cars .
        • 4 Years Ago

        uh oh someones jealous...

        this is america, you can have all that, just work for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dunno if I want to see him wedged into a set of racing leathers though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To quote one of his fellow comics, Roseanne Barr; " America's worst nightmare - white trash with money."
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