Clark Brennan says one of the best ways for Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden, Carlos Munoz and Sage Karam plus Mazda Road to Indy drivers Aaron Telitz and Neil Alberico to immerse themselves in New Orleans culture is to experience a Mardi Gras parade.
On Feb. 15, they’ll participate in the roaring Krewe of Bacchus Parade aboard the Krewe of Bacchus officers' float that will include an IndyCar and a street-legal IndyCar pacing the float.
"I guess it'd be like me driving an IndyCar,” said Brennan (photo left), the krewe captain. “I wouldn't know what to do. Of course, we go slower than they do.”
Bacchus has been working on parade details with principals of Andretti Sports Marketing and NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series on April 10-12. GET TICKETS, INFO
"When we went to INDYCAR to talk about having the first-ever Grand Prix of Louisiana here, one of the things we wanted to do was show them why we are different from every other race on their schedule, and this partnership with Bacchus is a big part of that," Kristen Engeron, president of NOLA Motorsports Park and the NOLA Motor Host Committee, said at a news conference.
"What I suspect is the four drivers will be talking about this in every single paddock for every race saying, 'Next year who do we need to talk to, to do this again?' "
The drivers will have their own stash of INDYCAR- and event-branded beads to fling to the enthusiastic crowd lining the parade route in New Orleans. Actor/comedian John C. Reilly is the celebrity monarch of the parade, which is held two days before Fat Tuesday.