Shaq arrives at the Indy 500 Snake Pit spinning records instead of hitting basketballs at an electronic dance music festival on race day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Snake Pit, located on the Turn 3 stage, has attracted 30,000 visitors during the Indy 500 race days since its inception in 2017.
In addition to NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal as “DJ Diesel”, this year’s EDM festival will be headlined by Grammy-nominated musician Kaskade (who also performed in 2015) and will feature Subtronics, John Summitt and Jauz.
The music will start early in the morning – long before the green flag of the 107th Indianapolis 500 (which will be broadcast on NBC) and will be played throughout the race.
it’s a party during the race. it’s a ruler you can’t miss. THIS IS MAY.
— Indy 500 Snake Pit (@Indy500SnakePit) January 18, 2023
“One of the biggest parties of the race weekend is the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light,” IMS President J. Douglas Bowles said in a press release. “Always unforgettable and epic party at the Snake Pit is a May event for many of our fans and a unique experience. Music lovers won’t want to miss this incredible line-up.”
Known for his four NBA championships and current work as a studio analyst, O’Neal is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and has been in the music entertainment industry for three decades.
The 7-1, 325-pound center became a rap fan after seeing a Public Enemy concert as a teenager. His debut album Shaq Diesel was released in 1993 and sold over a million copies (becoming the first professional athlete to be certified platinum).
O’Neal became an EDM fan at TomorrowWorld in 2014, where he met former Snake Pit artists Steve Aoki and Skrillex. O’Neill started DJing at the same festival in 2015.
General entrance tickets to the Snake Pit cost $50 ($155 VIP) and ticket holders must be at least 18 years old with a valid Indy 500 GA ticket or reserved ticket.
The Indy 500 will be joined by Iowa Speedway for race day concerts in the 2023 IndyCar Series schedule. For the second year in a row, Iowa will host a doubleheader weekend with pre-race and post-race concerts July 21-23.
Eli Tomac and Jett Lawrence took the top spot in the NBC Power Rankings thanks to their Anaheim 1 victories, and here are some other numbers you need to know ahead of the start of Round 2 of Supercross at Petco Park in San Diego, California in this weekend’s race .
This will be the 40th time Supercross has been held in San Diego in 39 seasons and the eighth time they have raced at Petco Park. There were two races in 2016 (the second year the series was held at Petco Park) where Ryan Dungey raced around the track.
It may be difficult for Tomac to achieve a second straight win in 2023 as it is his third-worst place in terms of career average. Over nine visits to San Diego, he averaged 6.3 points, largely due to failing to start in 2018 when he was credited with 22nd place. On the other hand, Tomac has one win and two podium finishes to make up for this disappointment.
Complicating their bid for two more, Petco Park is a place that doesn’t kindly repeat the winners. The last five races were won by another driver. In fact, no active rider has multiple wins in San Diego: Ken Roczen won in 2017, Jason Anderson in 2018, Tomac in 2019, Cooper Webb in 2020 and Chase Sexton last year.
Tomac and Webb each have two 250 wins at this track, while Roczen has the most podium finishes (five) among active riders.
Second in pointsWebb also has one win and two top-five finishes in five starts in San Diego.
Sexton, who placed third, had his last success at Petco Park; last year he won his first Supercross race at the circuit. He was on the podium seven more times last year, including a runner-up in St. Louis and Salt Lake City, but did not climb to the top spot until the pro motocross season.
Last year in San Diego, winners appeared in both classes for the first time. Sexton won in the 450s and Michael Mosiman in the 250s. Sexton’s victory made him the 65th driver to win in the top class.
Another major storyline from last year was the outburst of anger when Justin Barcia and Justin Bogle fought throughout the race. In the end, Barcia beat Bogle and were suspended after the race.
San Diego’s egalitarian character continues in the 250 class, where there have been no repeat winners in the last seven races.
This will be the first time Jett Lawrence has raced in San Diego. He has raced in the Eastern Division for the past two seasons, and 2020 was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the last three races of the 2020 Western Division to be held in Salt Lake City.
RJ Hampshire finished 15th at San Diego in 2019, the only time he has raced in the 250 West division.
Cameron McAdoo finished ninth there in 2019 and 22nd in 2020.
After postponing the race in Oakland last week, San Diego advances to the second round. Auckland will now operate on February 18, which was the open date on the schedule.
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