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Castroneves, Taylor in NYC Media Tour

Acura Team Penske’s Castroneves, Taylor, IMSA President Scott Atherton ring closing bell on New York Stock Exchange…

Photo: NYSE

Acura Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor completed a whirlwind media tour Friday in New York City, which included ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Castroneves and Taylor were joined by IMSA President Scott Atherton for a number of high-profile media appearances in advance of next weekend’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Both drivers made multiple stops throughout the day, including visits to CNN, FOX and ABC Sports, with an Acura ARX-05 show car on display on Wall Street.

The day was capped off at the NYSE, where Castroneves and Taylor were joined by Atherton and other dignitaries on stage to ring the closing bell.

It marked the first significant media event for IMSA in the Big Apple, as momentum builds for the WeatherTech Championship season.

Castroneves and Taylor will be joined behind the wheel of the pair Acura DPis by Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya for the season, with Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal joining them for the Florida endurance classic.

Photo: NYSE

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Larry

    January 19, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Now that picture makes that car look soooooooooo much better.

    At both the December test and the Roar, it was still basic black and kind of blah.

    That looks sharp.

    • N8

      January 20, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Agree. Painting the upper element a different color than the splitter does give it that Acura family look.

  2. David Chaste

    January 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    This is the show car. It has always looked this “good”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1u_BCiZ6U0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBn1CI_mbnE

    The Nissan Dpi looked worst without the paint job as well.

  3. Bob

    January 22, 2018 at 9:08 am

    The media tour is all fine & dandy, but what will it take to get FOX TV on board with promoting the race? FOX has been promoting the all wonderful Daytona 500 for weeks now during key air times. Who’s palms need greasing or asses need tickling to do promo spots for the great Daytona 24? !!!! Probably comes down to paying for airtime spots which, I guess, IMSA doesnt have the cashflow to do so.

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