Monday, May 30, 2011

Justin Timberlake Sponsored Car Wins Indianapolis 500

Award winning singer Justin Timberlake has accomplished a lot in his career.

But now he can add Indy 500 winner to his resume.

Kind of…

In a remarkable finish to this year’s race – rookie JR Hildebrand was leading in the last lap but then crashed into the wall with only half a lap to go.

This set the stage for second place Dan Wheldon to cruise to his second Indianapolis 500 career win.

But what made this win special for Justin Timberlake?

Timberlake's William Rast clothing line-sponsored Wheldon’s #10 Target Chip Ganassi car this year.

William Rast clothing is sold through Target so it was a logical move for Timberlake to sponsor the tem.

Timberlake took to twitter moments after the final lap saying,

"What a Memorial Day weekend! The William Rast car just won the Indy 500. Congrats to Dan Wheldon, the WR racing team and everyone else who put in the hard work for this victory! Unreal!"

Watch the historic Indy 500 2011 Final Lap

It is not unusual these days for Hollywood to be part of the big race.

In fact, David Letterman is partners in “Rahal Letterman Racing” with friend Bobby Rahal. Their big catch is driver Danica Patrick who has raced for their team since she started.

Watch Justin Timberlake talk about William Rast

This was an exciting race this year, and some of the drama started before the first car even left the pits.

It seems that our good friend (not) Donald Trump was scheduled to drive this year’s pace car but at the last minute was….. wait for it…. FIRED!

Related: Donald Trump Fired as 2011 Pace Car Driver

Thank you Indianapolis.

We could not have stood by and watched that douche bag on the track. After getting Trump out of the way, A.J. Foyt was given the honor of driving the pace car this year.

For his part, Timberlake can now go back to making music and poking fun at Justin Bieber on Saturday Night Live.

Related: Justin Timberlake Slams Justin Bieber on SNL – Video

He is also currently working on the movie “Friends with Benefits” with pals Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Andy Samberg, and Jenna Elfman.

The film will show that while trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) discover that adding sex to their friendship really does lead to complications.

“Friends with Benefits” is scheduled for release in late 2011.

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