Lauren Bohlander found the perfect location to watch the premiere of her new series, “Garage Squad,” Aug. 1: Inside the paddock at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and families.

Lauren Bohlander (right) and Joe Zolper (left), lead mechanic for in "Garage Squad" work on a car in one of the series' episodes. The show airs at 9 p.m. Fridays on Velocity.

“Garage Squad,” which focuses on classic car restoration projects, airs at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) Fridays on Velocity. Bohlander, the Verizon IndyCar Series at-track video host and wife of 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, co-hosts the show with racing personality Bruno Massel.

So, after Verizon IndyCar Series practice Aug. 1,  Bohlander tweeted photos of her mini-premiere party, which involved folding chairs set up around an outdoor television in the motorcoach lot.

“Love the support of the @IndyCar fam tonight for the @GarageSquadTV premiere,” she Tweeted from Mid-Ohio, where the series was racing.

Bohlander is a natural choice to host a car restoration series. Not only does she work in racing, but she grew up in Indiana in a car- and truck-oriented family.

“My dad’s a big Corvette guy. The year after he graduated from high school, he bought a 1974 Corvette Stingray and he still has it in the garage,” she said. “He keeps it all fixed up and pretty.”

The series of nine episodes was filmed in the Chicago area between April 20 and July 18, a schedule that allowed Kanaan to be on the set during filming. He doesn’t appear on the show, but Kanaan helped work on some of the cars, Bohlander said.

“The car owners loved that,” she said.

It’s a good show for INDYCAR fans, who are interested in all types of cars, according to Bohlander.

“What we’re doing is going and helping car people,” she said.

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  1. GARY HAMILTON on August 3, 2014 5:05 pm
    GARY HAMILTON

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THERE IS A SHOW LIKE THIS! MY MOM BOUGHT A 1950 MG-TD FROM A FARMER IN ADAMSVILLE, OHIO, NOT FAR FROM OUR HOME IN ZANESVILLE IN THE MID 60′S. I CAN SEE MY DAD NOW, TEST DRIVING THE MG IN THE FIELDS AROUND THE BARN…..PRICELESS!….THIS WAS THE CAR I DROVE TO HIGHSCHOOL AND COLLEGE….SO MANY MEMORIES…..WE WOULD SPEND DAY AND NIGHT WORKING ON OUR TD! ;REPLACING BRAKES,WOODEN FLOOR,TUCK AND ROLL INTERIOR,REBUILDING CARBS AND TUNING. LOVED WORKING WITH MY DAD ON THE “TD”….QVER THE PAST 20 YEARS I HOPED TO BRING THE MG TO FLA. WHERE I LIVE TO GET IT ON THE ROAD AND WORK WITH MY SON ON THE “TD”. BUT NOW I’M DISABLED AND MY DAD WILL BE 90 NEXT YEAR .WE PHYSICALLY AND FINANCIALLY ARE UNABLE TO “GIITERDUN”! BUT KNOWING LAUREN AND TONY AND THE “GARAGE SQUAD” ARE HERE, MAYBE THERE ARE MIRACLES. LONG LIVE THE GARAGE SQUAD1

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  3. daryl S. on September 24, 2014 8:00 pm
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    Lose Lauren. She clearly does very little yet acts like the ring leader. So far shes tightened a valve cover bolt, fetched a screwdriver and stated, “this interior needs alot”. And all this while wearing nice clothes and never dirtying her mani-pedi. Shes ruining your show and she has no place being a so-called mechanic/host on it. I’ll keep watching if she goes. If she stays…. See ya!

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