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Behind the Bricks: Indy 500 Ticket Unveil

March 21, 2018

On this episode of Behind The Bricks we follow along 101st Indianapolis 500 Champion Takuma Sato as he unveils the ticket for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. He meets up with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and see his face appear on the Indy 500 ticket for the first time.

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Behind the Bricks: Indy 500 Ticket Unveil
On this episode of Behind The Bricks we follow along 101st Indianapolis 500 Champion Takuma Sato as he unveils the ticket for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. He meets up with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and see his face appear on the Indy 500 ticket for the first time.
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