IndyCar joins forces with DreamWorks over “Turbo”

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Turbo: Go For It!

Turbo: Go For It!

Indy­Car, the sanc­tion­ing body for the IZOD Indy­Car Series, Fire­stone Indy Lights and the Indi­anapo­lis Motor Speed­way, announced Mon­day a first-of-its-kind movie-themed col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG, Inc. for the company’s ani­mated fea­ture film Turbo, sched­uled for release on July 19, 2013.

DWA’s Turbo is the story of an ordi­nary gar­den snail with an impos­si­ble dream: to win the Indy 500. When a freak acci­dent gives him extra­or­di­nary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make his impos­si­ble dream come true.

The Indi­anapo­lis 500 is a one-of-a-kind live event that has fas­ci­nated peo­ple of all ages for many, many years, and Turbo is a char­ac­ter whose biggest ambi­tion is to add his name to its list of inter­na­tional cham­pi­ons,” com­mented DWA CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg. “Dream­Works Animation’s alliance with the Indy­Car team rep­re­sents an authen­tic tie-in between a real-life race and an imag­ined adven­ture that is cer­tain to cul­mi­nate in a thrilling ride for the whole fam­ily next summer.”

Com­mented Randy Bernard, CEO of Indy­Car: “Today is a very excit­ing day for us, as we announce our col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion team on Turbo. We’re very hon­ored to work with Jef­frey, his team and the incred­i­ble star power of the cast to bring the Indy 500 to the world in such a unique and engag­ing for­mat. We believe new and exist­ing fans of all ages will be cap­ti­vated by the ani­mated depic­tion of Indi­anapo­lis Motor Speed­way, as well as the won­der­ful char­ac­ters that inhabit the uni­verse of Dream­Works Animation’s Turbo.”

For more than 100 years, the dream of com­pet­ing in the Indi­anapo­lis 500 has attracted some of the great­est dri­vers to the Indi­anapo­lis Motor Speed­way,” added Indi­anapo­lis Motor Speed­way Cor­po­ra­tion pres­i­dent and CEO Jeff Bel­skus. “Leg­endary names like Mario Andretti, Jim Clark, A.J. Foyt, Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi, Helio Cas­tron­eves and Dario Fran­chitti all have been fast and for­tu­nate enough to win it. We are excited to work with Dream­Works Animation’s cre­ators, staff and cast, and look for­ward to see­ing Turbo him­self race at Indi­anapo­lis in 2013!”

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