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'American Ninja Warrior' hosts Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbajabiamila named Co-grand marshals of Indy 500

Posted: 11:11 AM, May 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-22 11:11:12-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, hosts of "American Ninja Warrior" will serve as the co-grand marshals for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Iseman and Gbajabiamila will be the first co-grand marshals in the race's history. The pair will give the traditional command for drivers to report to their cars during the official pre-race ceremonies.

"American Ninja Warrior" is in its 11th season. The high-octane series follows competitors as they tackle obstacle courses in city qualifying and city finals rounds around the country. This season, the show makes stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Seattle before heading to the national finals in Las Vegas. Indianapolis has hosted "American Ninja Warrior" on two previous occasions and many NTT IndyCar series drivers have run the course over several seasons, including Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly and most recently, Scott Dixon.

"Matt and Akbar are so dynamic and fun on 'American Ninja Warrior,' so they're ideally suited to serve as the first co-grand marshals of the Indy 500," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said.

The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 will be on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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