SCCA Runoffs at IMS Attract Record Total of 1,000-Plus Entries INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 – More than 1,000 entries have been received for the Sports Car Club of America 2017 National Championship Runoffs on Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first time the most prestigious amateur racing event in America is…
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Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network Ratings Soar for 101st Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Overall United States radio listenership of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil grew 43 percent from 2016 on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, according to a recent research study. The study from GfK Custom…
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – The nation’s most prestigious and longest-running all-Corvette show, Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA, will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 22-24.
“The Granddaddy of Corvette Shows,” Bloomington Gold will showcase a one-of-a-kind display of 1967 Corvettes and feature Corvettes from all other years throughout the IMS infield.
New and used Corvettes will be available for purchase, and attendees will be encouraged to visit the more than 200 Corvette-specialty vendors at the event.
Open each day from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show at IMS will feature a wide variety of additional attractions, including:
– Gold certification: Visitors may watch Corvettes being judged for Bloomington Gold’s prestigious Gold certification and the highly coveted Benchmark.
– The 1967 Gold Collection will present 37 of some of the rarest 1967 Corvettes in the world.
– Track laps: Corvette owners may drive on the IMS oval at 60 mph. Stop by the Bloomington Gold track office during the show for availability. NOTE: The track office is in the IMS infield just south of the Alley Café near Gasoline Alley.
– Kiss the Bricks: All drivers participating in track laps will have a photo op kissing the bricks at 2:15 p.m. Thursday and again at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
– 2018 Corvette-Chevrolet will be present with eight different models/colors of the 2018 Corvette.
– Chevy Ride-n-Drive: All Chevrolet cars on the market will be available for test drives.
– Autocross: Corvette owners may drive on a course in the IMS infield – five runs for $25 per car. Purchase at Bloomington Gold track office.
– GoldSpeed: The IMS road course also may be experienced as a passenger with a professional race car driver. Free for Ride-n-Drive participants.
– Buy or sell: Corvettes of all ages will be available for sale.
– At 5 p.m. Saturday, Bloomington Gold’s Gold Tour will leave the track for an 18-mile course along Indiana roads. More than 1,000 Corvettes will participate. Cost is $10 per Corvette, and advance registration is required onsite at the track office.
– Block Party in downtown Speedway: After the tour Saturday night, participants will return to downtown Speedway, where many restaurant owners are offering discounts. This is free to attend. Come see the many different Corvettes starting at about 5:30 p.m.
– Tech talk: GM-certified technician Paul Koerner will offer Corvette Technology 101 classes. Sign up online at Bloomingtongold.com.
– John Kraman with Mecum Auctions will give insights into the auction process, also part of GoldSchool.
– Three Corvette Cutaways (see-through) will be on display in the plaza, offering great learning tools for Corvette hobbyists.
For more information on the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show at IMS, including a complete schedule of events, visit the organization’s website at Bloomingtongold.com.
This event is open to the public. A three-day pass to the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show is available for $60 in advance on bloomingtongold.com. Single-day admission tickets are $25 day of the event.
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Information about the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational on Friday, June 16, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. SCHEDULE (All times local) 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.: Gates Open 8 – 8:35 a.m.: Trans Am – TA2 Class Test 8:35 – 10:15 a.m.: Group Qualifying Sessions 10:15 – 10:35 a.m.: Vintage Motorcycles…
Sato Earns $2.45 Million for Winning 101st Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 29, 2017 – Takuma Sato earned $2,458,129 from an overall purse of $13,178,359 for his victory Sunday in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Sato, from Tokyo, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500, fending off three-time winner Helio Castroneves by .2011 of a second to the checkered flag in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda. This was the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.
Sato took the lead from Castroneves for good on Lap 195 of the 200-lap race. He led twice for 17 laps.
Castroneves, who dodged multiple on-track incidents and led nine laps even after receiving a drive-through penalty, earned $770,629 for finishing second in the No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet. He became one of seven drivers with three Indianapolis 500 runner-up finishes.
Toward the end of the race, Castroneves had to worry about third-place finisher, rookie driver Ed Jones, in his rear-view mirror. Jones never led in the race but ended up as the top rookie finisher in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda, earning $535,629.
Max Chilton, who led a race-high 50 laps, finished in fourth place in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda. He earned $484,129.
Rounding out the top five was 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda. Kanaan, who led 22 laps, earned $438,129.
Pole sitter Scott Dixon earned $446,629 despite placing 32nd in the No. 9 Camping World Honda. Dixon was unhurt after a frightening crash with Jay Howard on Lap 53 in which Dixon’s car went airborne and hit the inside SAFER Barrier between Turns 1 and 2.
Fernando Alonso earned $305,805, including $50,000 for being named Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Two-time Formula One World Champion Alonso was the top-qualifying rookie, in fifth, and led 27 laps – more than any other rookie – before ending up 24th after a mechanical problem on Lap 180 halted his race while running seventh in the No. 29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti Honda.
The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. Purse awards were announced and presented at the Victory Celebration presented by Ice Miller and Allied Solutions on Monday, May 29 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
Visit IMS.com to renew tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, 2018 and to buy tickets for the remaining races in 2017 at the Racing Capital of the World – the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250, and the Red Bull Air Race.
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 26, 2017 – Information about Saturday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
SCHEDULE (All times local)
7 a.m.: Outisde Parking Lots Open
7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Administrative Office Open, Credential Office Open, IMS Ticket Office Open
8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Ticket Trackside Office Open
8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Credential Trackside Office Open, Public Gates Open, Ticket Remotes Open (Gates 6, 9, 10), Infield Parking Open
8 a.m.-3 p.m.: IMS Midway Open, NERF NITRO Kids Zone Open
9-10 a.m.: Full Field Autograph Session – Pagoda Plaza
9-10:15 a.m.: Historic Race Car Laps
10:15 a.m.: Florence Henderson Tribute on Pit Lane
10:30-11:15 a.m.: Public Drivers Meeting-North Pit Lane
11 a.m.-noon: Firestone Pin Distribution – Pagoda Plaza
Noon-1 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Legends Autograph Session A – North Chalet (Available to first 125 fans)
1 p.m.: Firestone Legends Day Concert Gates Open
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Legends Autograph Session B – North Chalet (Available to first 125 fans)
1:30-2:15 p.m.: Chevrolet Consumer Laps
3:30-4:15 p.m.: Clayton Anderson Concert – Turn 4 Firestone Legends Day Concert Stage
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Dustin Lynch Concert – Turn 4 Firestone Legends Day Concert Stage
6-7:30 p.m.: Keith Urban Concert – Turn 4 Firestone Legends Day Concert Stage
TICKETS: General Admission – $10 (No concert entry). Kids 15 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Concert General Admission – $50 (valid all day). Kids 3 and under are free in the concert area when accompanied by an adult.
PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 6, Gate 7S Pedestrian, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A, Gate 12
MEDIA GATE OPEN: Media Gate-Credential Walk
General Admission ($10) – Gasoline Alley Roof, Paddock (9-18), Tower Terrace (37-45), Tower Terrace Wheelchair
PARKING LOTS OPEN (7 a.m.): Lot 1B & 1C-Free Public Concert Parking, Lot 2-Paid Daily Parking, Lot 3G-Paid Daily Parking, North 40-Prepaid Concert Parking ONLY, Main Gate-Paid Daily Parking, Turn 3-Prepaid Concert Parking ONLY; 5th & Hulman (Opens at 8 a.m., Free Public Parking before 10 a.m.)
CAMPING LOTS OPEN: Lot 1A, Lot 1C, Lot 2, Lot 3G, Lot 3P, Lot 4, Lot 4AP, Lot 5, Lot 6, Lot 9
MUSEUM HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., $10 Adults, $5 Youth (ages 6-15), Free (5 and under)
8 a.m.: American Auto Writers & Broadcasters Association Breakfast, Fourth Floor Media Center
9 a.m.: Indy 500 Starting Field Autograph Session, Pagoda Plaza
10:30 a.m.: Public Drivers Meeting, Tower Terrace
Noon: IPL Festival Parade, Downtown Indianapolis
Race Day Red Carpet Brings Star Power to 101st Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 26, 2017 – Racing’s biggest and best red carpet once again will feature an action-packed hour of celebrity interviews and fun photo opportunities for fans of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
This year’s red carpet will take place from 9-10 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 28, just north of Pagoda Plaza and will be hosted by ABC meteorologist and “Good Morning America: Weekend Edition” weather forecaster Rob Marciano.
The Red Carpet will include Race Day’s historic green flag wavers Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman. Actor and producer Gyllenhaal will play Bauman in the upcoming film “Stronger,” which he also produced. Based on Bauman’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name, the story is a deeply personal account of his challenging, heroic journey after losing both of his legs in the infamous Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. The film, directed by David Gordon Green, will be released by Roadside Attractions on Sept. 22, 2017.
The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 red carpet also will include actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who will drive the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car to start the race; national anthem performer Bebe Rexha; WWE superstar Ric Flair , master of ceremonies for the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light; legendary Indy car driver Mario Andretti; “Dancing with the Stars” professional Sharna Burgess; Terra Jolé, of “Little Women: LA” and Season 23, “Dancing with the Stars;” Amy Purdy, 2014 Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist; five-time Emmy Award winning actor Jonathan Jackson; Jake Short, a Hoosier native who is best known for his roles on Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm,” “Mighty Med” and “Lab Rats: Elite Force;” Eva Kor, grand marshal of the 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade; Alex Smith , starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and a two-time NFL Pro Bowler; Drew Stanton, quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals; soprano Angela Brown, who will sing “God Bless America” during pre-race ceremonies; Jim Cornelison, who will sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” during pre-race ceremonies Sunday but is known around the globe as the Chicago Blackhawks’ national anthem singer; Olympic gold medalist Madison Kocian; country music performer Clayton Anderson; and Nikki Sixx, bass player and co-founder of the legendary heavy metal band Mötley Crue.
Indianapolis 500 Race Day ticket holders are encouraged to line up early for the best chance to see celebrities walk the red carpet and also to receive free Race Day swag. The fan zone area will be marked by signage, bike rack and IMS personnel.
If you are a working member of the media and want to apply for a spot on the Red Carpet, please contact Suzi Elliott, via firstname.lastname@example.org. Red carpet credentials will be issued on Race Day, before the red carpet show begins. Space is limited.
100th Running Wins 2016 Event of the Year at Sports Business Awards
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 25, 2017 – The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil added another accolade to an already stellar resume Wednesday night, taking home 2016’s Event of the Year honor at the 2017 Sports Business Awards. The annual event hosted by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily recognizes the top events, leagues, partners and executives in the sports world and took place at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
“The 100th Running was both a fitting tribute to our remarkable history and a bold move toward an even brighter future for both the Indy 500 and the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles. “It was an honor to accept last night’s award on behalf of the Hulman-George family, our entire team and the many corporate and community partners who fueled such a tremendous effort last year. The 101st Running is just a few days away, and we can clearly see the impact of last year’s race both in this year’s ticket sales and in the sustained levels of engagement and interest throughout the state.”
Other nominees included the 2016 World Series, 2016 Ryder Cup, 2016 Copa America Centenario Knockout Round, World Cup of Hockey 2016 and Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol.
Among many firsts, the 100th Running of the race achieved the only sellout in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history. As a result, the race was broadcast live on local television for the first time in more than 50 years.
The community effort behind the race was powered by The 100th Running Host Committee, organized to provide Hoosiers across the state opportunities to engage with the landmark race. More than 600 Host Committee volunteers, working alongside IMS and the 500 Festival, introduced new programs and opportunities, including 100th Running porch parties, Bike to the 500, a renewed downtown décor effort, IMS Historian Donald Davidson’s statewide engagement tour, the 500 Gives Back program and more. The 74,538 square-foot graphic featuring the Borg-Warner Trophy on the JW Marriott was one of the Committee’s most visible contributions to the Month of May.
This year, IMS introduced 500 Forward, an evolution of the Host Committee model which has brought many of last year’s most celebrated programs back through renewed partnerships with Central Indiana community organizations. To learn more about 500 Forward program and initiatives, click here.
“Community is a core value for us,” Miles said. “Allison Melangton and Doug Boles led a tremendous effort last year, and they’ve worked tirelessly to keep the momentum going for 2017. I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts to ensure every Hoosier can continue to engage with their state’s greatest event and greatest sport.”
The 100th Running took place Sunday, May 29, 2016 and was broadcast live on ABC. Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian’s Alexander Rossi — an Indy 500 rookie — won in shocking fashion, using a daring fuel-strategy to cross the Yard of Bricks in first place. Rossi will start on the front row in this weekend’s 101st Running, which takes place on Sunday, May 28. The Race Day broadcast begins on ABC at 11 a.m. (ET).
Launched in 2008, the Sports Business Awards were established by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily to celebrate and recognize the leaders, visionaries and day-to-day practitioners who personify excellence in the business of sports. For more information, click here.
NASCAR Playoff Field To Be Set in Exciting Race Sept. 9, 2018 at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – The Brickyard 400 will enter a new era of excitement in 2018, as the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will move to Sunday, Sept. 9. The 400 will…
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 22, 2017 – World-renowned opera singer and Indianapolis native Angela Brown will sing “God Bless America” during pre-race ceremonies for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28, a beloved patriotic tradition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
“Excited doesn’t begin to describe how I feel about singing ‘God Bless America’ at the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500,” Brown said. “Ever since I was a young girl, growing up in Indianapolis, I have dreamed of being a part of this time-honored tradition. I am proud to be able to salute the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. This is truly a dream come true!”
Brown personifies the ideal soprano: sheer vocal power; luxurious finesse and shimmering, high pianissimos. With a charming personality larger than life, she unites opera, pops and gospel in one sensational voice. A featured artist on the two-time Grammy Award-winning recording “Ask Your Mama,” Brown’s international reputation continues to grow.
Her highly successful Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of “Aida” captured instant attention from international print and broadcast media and catapulted Brown onto the world’s prestigious opera and symphonic stages. Headlines from The New York Times read, “At last an Aida,” and “CBS Weekend News” proclaimed, “The future of opera has arrived!” followed by features on the front page of The New York Times, on CNN, in Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Classical Singer, Reader’s Digest and Psychology Today.
While opera is the main catalyst for her career, Brown’s performance experience includes everything from star hostess on stage to producer and creator of “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View,” an inspired show that has gained notoriety for bringing opera to the masses in the form of an edgy, yet educational, concert presentation.
“Angela is a tremendous talent and will sing a fantastic rendition of ‘God Bless America’ for our fans,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “As a Hoosier, she knows just how much the Indy 500 means to all of us, and this performance will be extra special for her.”
Earlier career high points for Brown include her collaboration with American composer Richard Danielpour. Her early success as Aida was immediately followed by world-premiere performances of Danielpour’s opera “Margaret Garner” in the role of Cilla with Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera and Michigan Opera Theater. The result was a triumph that led Danielpour to set the poetry of visionary Maya Angelou for Brown’s voice in an orchestral song cycle, “A Woman’s Life,” co-commissioned by Pittsburgh Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded in 2012 with the Nashville Symphony and released on the Naxos label in 2013.
Throughout her career, Brown has joined forces with symphonic pops legends Marvin Hamlisch, Jack Everly and Erich Kunzel while traveling the world for classical performances at Lincoln Center, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Capetown Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Shanghai World Expo, Moscow Performing Arts Center and more. But she always welcomes a return home to her beloved Indianapolis for appearances with Indianapolis Symphony for their acclaimed Yuletide pops extravaganza, the Indianapolis Opera or to sing the national anthem for the Indianapolis Colts or Indiana Pacers.
A 1997 National Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions Winner, Brown received her bachelor of music degree in voice from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, where she studied with Ginger Beazley. She attended the Indiana University School of Music as a student in the studio of Virginia Zeani. Ms. Brown received the Indiana University African American Arts Institute’s inaugural Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award in 2006, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions made in the arts by former members of the Institute.
Brown is featured in “Nineteen Stars of Indiana,” a book by Michael S. Maurer about 19 living Hoosier women with successful and inspirational life stories, released by Indiana University Press in December 2008. She is a proud recipient of the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Governor’s Arts Award from the Governor of Indiana, a Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie in Indiana and a member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 101st Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28, and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.