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Alfonso Ribeiro attends IndyCar race at Laguna Seca

Jake Nichol September 20, 2021
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Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro made an appearance at the IndyCar race at Laguna Seca. What did he do at the race and which fellow Dancing with the Stars winner did he catch up with?

Alfonso Ribeiro plays key role at IndyCar Laguna Seca race

Ribeiro, who turns 50 on September 21st attended the penultimate race of the 2021 IndyCar season at Laguna Seca on Sunday.

He was given two important jobs at during the pre-race ceremonies before the 29-car field was sent on its way.

The New York City native sang the national anthem before the green flag was waved.

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He also gave the command for the drivers to start their engines for their formation laps ahead of the rolling start of the 95 lap race.

Ribeiro catches up with fellow Dancing with the Stars winner at IndyCar race

Ribeio won Dancing with the Stars – (the American version of UK show Strictly Come Dancing) in 2014.

He was partnered with Witney Carson.

Ribeiro caught up during his visit at Laguna Seca with another past winner of the show.

Helio Castroneves won the show back in 2007 with Julianne Hough.

The two caught up before the race where four-time Indy 500 winner Castroneves recorded a 24th place finish.

James Hinchcliffe, who finished runner-up in 2016 finished 20th for Andretti Autosport.

What happened in the IndyCar race?

Colton Herta dominated from pole position to record his second win of the season.

In the championship fight, Chip Ganassi’s Alex Palou cemented his lead at the top of the standings.

The Spanish driver will go to this weekend’s finale at Long Beach with a 35 point lead over Pato O’Ward.

Josef Newgarden is the only other driver still in the title hunt.

However, the Penske driver faces a tough fight at Long Beach.

He is 48 points behind Palou with just 54 up for grabs.

Elsewhere, ex-Formula One driver Romain Grosjean stared.

He claimed a stunning third place, his third IndyCar podium.

The former Haas driver’s late charge towards the front was halted after a minor collision with NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson at the corkscrew.

Both were able to continue, although Grosjean did not have the pace after the contact to chase down Herta and Palou.

Grosjean is still in contention for Rookie of the Year honours, 20 points behind Scott McLaughlin ahead of the last race.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.