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Indianapolis stars welcome MotoGP news

Indianapolis stars welcome MotoGP news

This week's news that the U.S. will host a second MotoGP event in 2008 has been warmly received by some of American motorsport's biggest names.

This week's news that the U.S. will host a second MotoGP event in 2008 has been warmly received by some of American motorsport's biggest names.

MotoGP will visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday September 14th 2008, and that announcement is music to the ears of several famous competitors who have enjoyed success on four wheels at the illustrious American venue over the years…

Mario Andretti (1969 Indianapolis 500 winner, 1978 Formula One World Champion):
"To me, Indianapolis has hosted all the major disciplines of motorsports in the world. This completes the cycle – Indy Cars, Formula One, NASCAR – and now World Championship motorcycles. There is no other single venue in the world that can make that claim. And in my opinion, MotoGP is the most exciting form of motorsports. It's totally awesome for me to see Indianapolis host this very prestigious formula."

Dario Franchitti (2007 Indianapolis 500 winner):
"I think it is really exciting that MotoGP is going to be racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is going to be very exciting for the fans that attend. It is awesome that they are going to be racing there. I am looking forward to seeing the changes they are going to make to the course. It is going to be a historic race."

Jeff Gordon (Four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner, four-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion):
"I was extremely excited to hear that MotoGP was coming to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I was team-mates with Colin Edwards at the Race of Champions in 2002, and I've become a big fan of his. Hopefully, it's scheduled on a weekend where I can attend the event."

Sam Hornish Jr. (2006 Indianapolis 500 winner, three-time IndyCar Series champion):
"I think it's awesome. First of all, the series has quite a bit of fanfare. It's very popular. I have a tremendous amount of respect for riders. I have a sport bike similar to what they race, and knowing how much more souped up theirs are than mine, it's unbelievable what these guys can do. Taking corners and laying the bikes down, that's a very difficult thing. It takes a lot of skill and courage."

Buddy Rice (2004 Indianapolis 500 winner):
"I think for MotoGP to come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a place that has hosted some of the greatest sporting events in the world with the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400 and the USGP, is awesome. Also, with Red Bull coming back to the Speedway with their support of the MotoGP event, it's going to be a huge deal. We have seen the success that Red Bull's involvement in the event at Laguna Seca has produced, and I think that they will be able to do the same at Indy."

"I think that interest in MotoGP is growing here in the U.S., and with having an American, Nicky Hayden, as the reigning World Champion, I think that it is perfect timing to bring this event to Indy. Hopefully the track is a good layout for them, and I think it will be exciting. I think it's a good spot. It's also centrally located, so I hope they pick a proper time for everybody to come there that likes to ride motorcycles, like they do in Europe. A lot of people ride their bikes to these events. I think to have MotoGP in Indy is going to be huge. I think it will be great."

MotoGP, 2007

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