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01/30/08
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Helio, Danica, Marco ready for "Super" weekend  IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti will make appearances at several events surrounding Super Bowl XLII in the greater Phoenix area.

Castroneves, a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, plans to attend annual Super Bowl parties hosted by Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Maxim and ESPN: The Magazine.

Patrick, who will be featured in GoDaddy.com's commercial during the game broadcast, will attend GoDaddy's party as well as the game. Patrick and Andretti will both attend the Stars in the SKYE party.

Following the Super Bowl, Castroneves heads to New Orleans where he will serve as a Monarch in the Krewe of Orpheus' annual Lundi Gras parade on Feb. 4 - the day before Mardi Gras officially begins. The procession, highlighted by 36 floats, will parade along its traditional Uptown route culminating with Orpheuscapade - a black-tie affair featuring live music and dancing.

Joining Castroneves as members of the 2008 Monarchs and Nobility are "American Idol" finalist Josh Gracin, New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, two of the members of Salt N' Pepa, Lance Bass and Kevin Meaney.

"I have to say, it's been a really busy two weeks," Castroneves said. "I've had the time of my life during the past few months. It's a tremendous honor to be selected as one of the Monarchs for the Krewe of Orpheus parade. I'm really looking forward to being involved and I think it's the perfect way to celebrate my first Mardi Gras. I'm also looking forward to being in Phoenix this weekend; it's always such an electric crowd during the week leading up to the Super Bowl."

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