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Justin Timberlake WINS Indy 500!!

5/29/2011 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Well ... Dan Wheldon was actually driving the winning car at this year's Indy 500, but Justin Timberlake's clothing line -- William Rast -- sponsored it.

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Wheldon -- sporting William Rast on his chest and his #98 car -- took the checkers at Indy for the 2nd time in his career. He crossed the finish line seconds after rookie JR Hildebrand wrecked in front of him.

Timberlake hit his Twitter to celebrate right after the race ...

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Is there anything JT can't do?

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Mary P    

Good Lord some of you need to shut up about things you don't know about.

A) Do you have ANY idea how much JT paid to be on that car? I'm guessing around $15 million. When you put out the cash and sponsor the car with that kind of dough, you are more than welcome to brag a bit.

B) Viewership when the announcers speak about Danica stays up more than 400% than the last race before her great run at Indy in... 2005 I believe it was. With 20 laps to go, she was leading the race and was a contender most of the race. Not only is viewership up, so is sponsorship and attendance. Considering Indycar was on the brink just a couple of years ago, it's worth it. IRL and now Izod has struggled to find a consistent audience and there's stats to show that people have stuck around longer since Danica has come in. Like her or not, she can drive, she looks good and she gets people's attention.

C) Adelle, speaking of self-important - his logo had quite a bit to do with the race. His sponsorship dollars paid for the engineer's salary, the car, the crew paychecks, and so on. So sponsors have A LOT to do with a driver having a good enough crew and car to win. So before you cry about self-importance or go on bickering with someone about... well, nothing really, to feel better - check your facts.

D) Dragon Tattoo - relevance #fail.

E) Puckett - It's called the Hat Dance and it's in every major racing sport. Winning drivers post-race wear an average of 20 hats throughout getting out of the car, to the last picture and interview.

1058 days ago
32.

Ashley    

Thank you @Mary!!

1058 days ago
33.

chefadam    

Your headline is BS

1058 days ago
34.

bunky    

Yay Justin !!! Of course he knew he didn't win ! He's the Sponsor !!!!!! He's cool and he's Funnnnnneeeee !!!! Git used to it, Peeps !

1057 days ago
35.

Jackie    

He didn't win cause he didn't race.

1057 days ago
36.

deacon yourmouth    

lol somehow im stumbled upon this post while trying to find some stats on the 97 Orioles...y'all are some simple mofos, staff included...great business plan I have to admit(ya got me!)...please people..there's bigger fish to fry...f*** that dudes clothing line!

1057 days ago
37.

thestones    

JT, gay.

1057 days ago
38.

WheldonHertaFan    

Uh, for the record folks, JT tweeted this right after the tweet TMZ is showing: @jtimberlake Justin Timberlake
Congrats to Dan Wheldon, the WR racing team and everyone else who put in the hard work for this victory! Unreal!

1057 days ago
39.

Mac    

Most of the people commenting on this article need to read more and post less. This was merely one Tweet of many from Timberlake on the day of the race. The one TMZ chose to show was in fact sandwiched between one that said "Everyone please THANK veterans, active personnel & their families this wknd for sacrifices they have made for us. I'm very thankful!" and one that said "Congrats to Dan Wheldon, the WR racing team and everyone else who put in the hard work for this victory! Unreal!"

To recap, JT thanked veterans for their service and congratulated Wheldon and his crew, and for that a few lazy armchair bloggers think he's...self-centered?

1056 days ago
40.

ND_racefan    

Ok...as a HUGE IndyCar fan, I have to set something clear...Dan Wheldon drove for a very small team (actually the 500 was the only race they will drive this year probably)...so having a sponsor on the car is what got him to race this May. So without JT, Wheldon wouldn't have been in a car at all.

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