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Scott Dixon took his two young daughters and said they immediately wanted to see the movie again, while Sebastien Bourdais said his 6-year-old was entertained from start to finish.
“She was just big eyes the whole time, laughing, really enjoying it,” Bourdais said. “It’s one of these movies that you can take it with two degrees, with the adult’s eye and kid’s eye because it fits perfectly. It’s the right message and it’s great for the IndyCar Series and Indy.”
Franchitti and Will Power both play reporters at the speedway in the movie. Racing great Mario Andretti plays several roles, including one of the “Yellow Shirt” volunteers the speedway uses each year.
Andretti, who also worked on the animated “Cars,” isn’t a huge fan of racing movies, saying “they either overdo it or they totally miss it. I’ve not seen anything that’s realistic.” But he was impressed with Soren’s team and the focus on every detail.
“They were asking very pertinent questions about what they can incorporate in the film, such as when you go around the corner, you see the rubber marbles fly,” Andretti said. “It makes you appreciate the detail that goes into these things. It’s a fun, fun story and it can help IndyCar. It’s going to pique curiosity.
“When you see something in that format, you want to see the real thing. Indianapolis is still Indianapolis. This is going to strike a chord.”
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