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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