Former Tonight show host Jay Leno was at the Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday where he was filming a Verizon IndyCar Series segment for his car show ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’.
Leno got behind the wheel of a Verizon IndyCar Series car and speaking following the experience he commented by saying:
Really fun. “I’ve driven cars with more power but not that much grip. The level of grip in these is unbelievable. Doing road cars on an oval or something, you feel it start to slip, and this doesn’t move at all. It’s just planted. That’s the biggest difference, I think.
Leno received a tutorial from four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon. Speaking about Leno’s time in the car the Chip Ganassi Racing team driver commented by saying:
It’s great to see his passion for racing and how knowledgeable he was on the whole INDYCAR field and drivers and different eras. “But it was also nice just to chat about different cars, about the new Ford GT and different things.
“He did a really good job (driving) and he’s not scared. He’s really laid back, relaxed. I think for a lot of people this would be a daunting experience, but he definitely took it in stride and really seemed to enjoy it.”
The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets underway with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which takes place from March 10-12.