Classic rock band Journey will serve as the primary sponsor for the No. 48 Andretti Autosport entry driven by Ryan Norman in this weekend's Indy Lights race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and continue to sponsor the car for the remainder of the 2017 season, according to a report from NBC Sports.
Norman's car will be themed after Journey's most popular hit "Don't Stop Believin" and have the band's logo displayed prominently on the sides of the tub; you can see a picture of the livery here. It's not the band's first venture into the world of American open-wheel racing; they previously headlined the Carb Day concert which takes place before the Indianapolis 500 last year. That's where they met Norman, according to this tweet, and now they'll be looking to see his car get the checkered flag in Indy Lights, which is the junior series that supports the Verizon IndyCar Series.
They have a pretty good chance, too. The 19-year-old Norman is a rookie driver in Indy Lights, but has posted ten Top 10 finishes in the 12 races so far this season while driving for one of the biggest teams in the IndyCar world. He is currently tenth in the battle for the overall championship. The sponsorship will give Norman further financial support as he chases the title.
For Journey, who recently headlined a sold-out show in Tucson on July 18, they're adding their names to a long history between music and motorsports. Fellow classic rockers The Rolling Stones were the primary sponsors for an IndyCar driven by the late Justin Wilson as part of the promotion for their 2015 concert tour. Record label Big Machine Records just served as the title sponsor for this past weekend's Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. And many motorsports races feature concerts either prior to or following the event as additional entertainment for thousands of race fans.
Now Journey will get plenty of exposure decorating Ryan Norman's Indy Lights car, while Norman has a pretty fitting theme in "Don't Stop Believin." If he wins, maybe someone at Mid-Ohio can have the song played in Victory Lane.
The Journey livery will make its debut in Saturday's first race of the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix doubleheader this Saturday, July 29 at 3:35 p.m. ET. The race will not be live on television Saturday, but will be live streamed through IndyCar's website.
For more on Journey, visit their band page at AXS.