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Race fans will recognize the familiar sound of a Verizon IndyCar Series car when heading to theaters after Feb. 27 to catch the opening of "Focus," a Warner Bros. Pictures film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.
"Obviously, movie driving is a little different than racing, but it was still good to get out there and feel the downforce, the power and all those sensations again," Herta continued. "I think the contract said we couldn't go over 100 mph. I'm not going to say we didn't though."
Muñoz, 23, who resides in Miami, said he's eager to point out the racing scenes to his friends on the big screen.
Leading up to the movie opening, several Verizon IndyCar Series race markets played host to private screenings organized by Warner Bros. Show cars were present at screenings in Tampa, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Detroit. Drivers Ed Carpenter and Jack Hawksworth imtroduced the movie in Detroit and Milwaukee, respectively. Bryan Herta, Autosport driver Gabby Chaves and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' James Hinchcliffe attended the Indianapolis screening.
"Aligning the stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series with the stars of a major motion picture like 'Focus' made a lot of sense to us," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Warner Bros. and the entire 'Focus' production staff have been great partners throughout this process, and we look forward to positioning our brand with more of these opportunities in the future."
"Focus," written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Crazy, Stupid, Love.") centers around Nicky (Smith), a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Robbie). As he's teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes race car circuit. In the midst of Nicky's latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop and the consummate con man off his game.