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IMS Fans Can Buy Front-Row Seat to History with Green Chair

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, March 16, 2018 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans can bring a piece of the Racing Capital of the World into their homes by buying one of the famous “Green Chairs” that lined the B Stand and B Penthouse grandstands at IMS from the 1950s until 2015.

Limited quantities of the iconic green, metal folding chairs are on sale now at at two prices: $75 (installed in 1956) and $50 (installed in the 1960s). Each chair comes with a commemorative plaque and is sold in the same condition as it last appeared in use.

“Fans sat in the Green Chairs during so many fascinating eras at IMS, watching the roadsters roar down the all-brick front straightaway, the dawn of rear-engine cars, the turbine, the arrival of NASCAR, F1 and MotoGP and so much more,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The memories inspired by these chairs are endless, and they are a great conversation piece and keepsake for IMS fans and race fans everywhere, especially as we approach the magical Month of May.”

Race Day ticket holders for any IMS event in 2018 will receive a $10 discount on either chair option if they purchase the chair using the same IMS account with which they bought Race Day tickets.

Chair customers are encouraged to pick up their treasured keepsakes at IMS starting March 27 to avoid significant shipping fees.

Metal folding chairs were used in the B Penthouse and in the B Stand until 2015, replaced by aluminum bench seats during the Project 100 renovation program of the facility, which opened in 1909.

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for Sunday, May 27on the oval at IMS, with the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 12 on the road course at IMS.

Don’t miss your chance to purchase a piece of Indianapolis Motor Speedway history – one of the chairs from B Stand (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)

New Indianapolis 500 Premium Club Area Planned in Turn 3 To Accommodate High Demand

New Indianapolis 500 Premium Club Area Planned in Turn 3 To Accommodate High Demand

All Suites Sold Out for 2018 Race Day

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – A new premium viewing area will be constructed outside Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering an all-inclusive Race Day experience for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The Turn 3 Club is being offered in response to increased demand for premium seating and hospitality at IMS. Suites are sold out for Indianapolis 500 Race Day, while limited availability remains in the Hulman Terrace Club. Hospitality and premium sales are well ahead of the pace from 2017, with demand mirroring that from the landmark 100th Running in 2016.

Demand for Reserved Seats also is stronger than for the 101st Running last May, won by Takuma Sato before one of the largest Race Day crowds in decades. Sales in February 2018 were significantly greater than those during the same month in 2017, as momentum and anticipation – boosted by the new “This Is May” campaign – continue to build for the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 12 and the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27.

“The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil continues in its second century to show its strength as the world’s greatest spectator sporting event,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Demand for this year’s race is very strong, with suites sold out and ticket sales continuing to outpace last year. Adding the Turn 3 Club as a new way to experience the Indy 500 gives another option for our fans who want that traditional race experience with more than just a grandstand seat.”

The Turn 3 Club, located on the outside of the famed 2.5-mile oval, will provide these amenities:

•Spectacular views of the track from an elevated Turn 3 location

•Pairing with a Reserved Seat in the North Vista for each customer

•All-inclusive food, beer and wine, with liquor available for purchase

•Tented deck area with tables and limited seating

•Parking passes in the North 40 Lot, with one pass for every four tickets purchased

•Souvenir event program for each customer

•Dedicated restroom facilities

•Live TV and audio feed

Tickets to the Turn 3 Club are $750 each. Existing Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Race Day ticket holders can upgrade to the Turn 3 Club for $700 each.

Prices will increase closer to May, so interested race goers are encouraged to purchase soon at or the IMS Ticket Office.

Fans looking for a ticket to every racing event at IMS can also purchase a limited number of seats left in the Hulman Terrace Club. Located on the outside of the front straightaway just past the Turn 4 exit, the club features premium stadium seating, a private area for food and beverage, and tickets to every day of track action in May along with the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Air Race World Championship. For more information, click here.

Fans can email to discuss purchase option in either the Turn 3 Club or Hulman Terrace Club.

WRTV To Televise 2018 Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration in Central Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, March 2, 2018 – All 33 starting drivers in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be honored Monday, May 28 during the Victory Celebration, which will be televised in Central Indiana by WRTV (RTV6). Longtime RTV6 Sports Director Dave Furst will host the Victory Celebration, which starts at 6 p.m. (ET) at the JW Marriott…

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Multi-Platinum Hitmakers Train, Blues Traveler to Play Miller Lite Carb Day Concert

Exciting Show of Chart-Topping Grammy Winners Friday, May 25 at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 – Grammy Award-winning rock band Train will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 25, an exciting conclusion to one of the most action-packed days in the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Blues rockers Blues Traveler will open…

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Sam Hunt To Headline Firestone Legends Day Concert May 26 at IMS

Sam Hunt To Headline Firestone Legends Day Concert

Billboard’s Top Country Artist of 2017 To Perform Saturday, May 26 at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 – Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum superstar Sam Hunt will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Race Weekend for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Canaan Smith and Filmore will serve as opening acts for the concert, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.

Tickets are on sale now at , by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building. General Admission prices start at $35, with special Firestone Concert Pit access also available for $75 and a limited number of VIP Deck tickets available for $250. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

Fans should hurry to buy tickets now, as prices for General Admission and the Firestone Concert Pit will increase March 1.

“The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is the greatest race in the world, and the addition of Sam Hunt to our race weekend concert lineup will help to make IMS the concert capital of the world on Memorial Day weekend,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Sam has emerged as one of the biggest superstars in country music with his chart-topping hits, and the Firestone Legends Day Concert will once again prove to be a great way to celebrate race weekend with one of hottest acts in music!”

Grammy Award nominee, American Music Award winner and MCA Nashville breakout star Hunt is one of music’s most talked-about talents. Hunt’s February 2017 single, “Body Like A Back Road,” landed on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart as his highest-debuting single. It also premiered at No. 1 on iTunes charts. Since then, the single has smashed records, becoming the fastest country song to reach 100 million and 200 million streams. It has become an RIAA-certified triple platinum hit and spent a record-breaking 35 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The single also climbed pop and adult airplay charts, making it a crossover hit. Hunt consequently earned two 2018 Grammy nominations for “Body Like A Back Road” in both the “Best Country Song” and “Best Country Solo Performance” categories.

This spring, Hunt is curating and headlining his inaugural Nashional Music Festival, featuring a multi-genre lineup that spans country, hip-hop, rock and R&B. Held April 20-21 at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the festival will feature Fetty Wap, Brothers Osborne, Judah & the Lion, Lanco and Kyle. Hunt also will join Luke Bryan’s “What Makes You Country XL Tour,” which kicks off May 31 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The tour will hit 13 other stadiums in the U.S. and Canada.

Since the 2014 release of “Montevallo,” Hunt has accrued over 2.5 billion streams and has earned an additional 10.5 million units in RIAA single certifications. For music, images, tour dates and more on Hunt, visit

Mercury Records artist Smith released the singles “This Night Back” and “Like You That Way” in 2017. In 2015, his self-titled EP and debut full-length studio album, “Bronco,” were released, with “Bronco” debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The single “Love You Like That” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in July 2015 and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Virginia native Smith has toured as a headliner and in support of country superstars Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line.

Missouri native Filmore is a country singer-songwriter based in Nashville. His latest single, “Slower,” was released earlier this month.

Fans with tickets for the Firestone Legends Day Concert will be admitted free to Legends Day presented by Firestone activities during the day at IMS.

Other featured events on Legends Day presented by Firestone include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the starting field of 33 drivers in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and with former Indy 500 drivers, and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for Sunday, May 27.

Big Machine Vodka Becomes Title Partner of Brickyard 400 at IMS

Big Machine Vodka Becomes Title Partner of Brickyard 400 at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 – A new era for NASCAR racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feature even more excitement, as Big Machine Vodka was named the title partner of the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at IMS.

The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 on the 2.5-mile oval at IMS. The 25th annual NASCAR weekend at the Racing Capital of the World is moving from the heat of late July to cooler temperatures of early September, and the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard also will serve as the thrilling finale to the Cup Series regular season, setting the field for the Playoffs.

This multi-year title rights sponsorship further strengthens the nearly decade-long partnership between Big Machine Records and IMS.

“Our friends at Big Machine Records are the perfect partners for NASCAR racing at IMS, and the addition of Big Machine Vodka as the title sponsor for the Brickyard 400 sets the stage for an awesome weekend of motorsports and entertainment at the track,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard will be a can’t-miss event on the Indy sports calendar as we crown NASCAR’s regular-season champion and celebrate with a fantastic new sponsor.”

Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka is 25X Distilled and 3X Platinum Filtered to make it “The Best Tasting Vodka, Period!” The lifestyle surrounding this superior-quality and attractively priced vodka will be shared with fans during the event weekend. This will include VIP concert and racing experiences, and other exclusive sweepstakes, packages and promotions. Stay tuned to, and IMS and Big Machine Vodka social channels for more details.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the greatest motor speedway in the world, and Big Machine is returning with a vengeance, highlighting great music, our great Big Machine Platinum Filtered Vodka and a full-blown festival atmosphere that fans of racing and music are going to love,” Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta said. “We’re armed with a multi-year agreement and intend to partner with IMS to create an incredible Brickyard weekend.”

Local fans also can enjoy the exceptional taste of Big Machine Vodka well before NASCAR’s biggest stars are on track at IMS. By early spring, the product will be available at retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Central Indiana.

Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records and publishing company Big Machine Music, as well as its own digital radio station, Big Machine Radio.

BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Dunn, Cheap Trick and Sugarland; chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Aaron Lewis, Midland, Carly Pearce; “The Voice” winner Danielle Bradbery and 2015 “American Idol” winner Trent Harmon. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard , People’s Choice and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights.

BMLG’s racing successes include back-to-back Indianapolis 500 wins with the late Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti in 2011 and 2012, respectively; the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victory with Tony Kanaan; the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring victory with Marino Franchitti; and associate sponsorship with John Force Racing for the 2018 NHRA Funny Car Championship with Robert Hight and the Top Fuel Championship with Brittany Force. The company is in its fourth year sponsoring Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 IndyCar Champion. Visit for more information.

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Indianapolis 500 Green Flag Begins Global Journey to Race Day

Indianapolis 500 Green Flag Begins Global Journey to Race Day

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 – The green flag for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will travel the world this year, visiting unique settings and events, as part of the inaugural Green Flag Relay leading to Race Day, Sunday, May 27.

The flag made its first stop Tuesday, Jan. 23, visiting the NASDAQ in New York’s Times Square as Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton closed the markets for the day. See images and more, by clicking here.

Last weekend, the flag was with Andretti Autosport driver and 100th Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi as he visited the NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, Florida, and recorded a special video for Indy 500 fans. Click here to see the video.

“Watching the Green Flag drop on Indy 500 Race Day is a moment our fans wait for all year,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “For everyone who loves Race Day, the Green Flag has come to symbolize high speeds, breathtaking competition, iconic tradition and pageantry, and so much more. Fans are going to enjoy seeing the flag embraced at so many meaningful venues and events this year as the countdown to the Indy 500 continues.”

Fans can follow the flag’s adventures via, which will feature an interactive map with pictures, video and more. On social media, the campaign can be tracked using the hashtag #GreenFlagRelay. Stay tuned to see more exciting locations unveiled.

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for noon (ET)Sunday, May 27. Visit to buy tickets and for more information.

1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Sneva Passes at 69

1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Sneva Passes at 69 INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 – Jerry Sneva, the 1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27 in Indianapolis. He was 69. Sneva, a younger brother of 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva, made five career starts in the “500,”…

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Try It Tiny To Offer Unique Luxury Accommodations for Indianapolis 500 Fans at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 – Try It Tiny and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are introducing a luxury, pop-up Tiny House Hotel at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The Tiny House Hotel provides a new, innovative and boutique style of on-site accommodation for race attendees looking for a unique opportunity….

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Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Deadmau5, Diplo, GRiZ To Headline Indy 500 Snake Pit Presented by Coors Light

Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Deadmau5, Diplo, GRiZ To Headline Indy 500 Snake Pit Presented by Coors Light

Tickets On Sale Now for May 27 Show at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 – The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light once again will be Race Weekend’s biggest and best party, with superstars Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Deadmau5, Diplo and GRiZ headlining the Sunday, May 27 Race Day concert.

The star-studded lineup of global EDM heavyweights will perform in the infield adjacent to Turn 3 of the IMS oval during the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Watch the official launch video here.

“The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light has become a phenomenon in both the music and sporting worlds, producing a sold-out event two years running,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “This year’s concert will feature another world-class lineup ready to party with more than 30,000 Turn 3 fans, showing once again that Race Weekend offers fun and unforgettable opportunities for everyone.”

General admission and VIP tickets for the Snake Pit are on sale for $45 and $125 at and All Snake Pit ticketholders must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Indy 500 general admission or reserved seat ticket. Packages that include Race Day general admission tickets are available. Ticket holders should be prepared to show proper identification to enter the concert.

“Watching the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light grow over the past few years has been amazing,” IMS Senior Director of Music and Entertainment Kyle Krisiloff said. “The partnership with React Presents has proven to be a match made in heaven, producing an event that brings diehard fans from around the great state of Indiana out in waves. It is definitely one of the biggest daytime dance events in the United States, and we couldn’t be more proud of the lineup we have put together in 2018.”

The iconic reign of Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso took new heights in the form of Axwell Λ Ingrosso. Embraced by tastemakers, luxury brands and adoring fans across the continents, a culmination of Grammy nominations, DJ Mag Top 100 chart success and back-to-back Billboardand Beatport chart accession has seen the duo garner huge attention from across the globe. Debut single “Something New” began the project with a bang, while subsequent singles “On My Way,” “Can’t Hold Us Down” and “Sun is Shining” put the Stockholm-based crusaders back on the radio airwaves while keeping their main stage activity in full flow. The Pusha T assisted “This Time” spelled an experimental twist with a charitable edge at the back end of 2015, leaving instrumental landmark “Dream Bigger” to start 2016 from the duo. 2017 brought even more success, with the release of the chart-topping EP “More Than You Know.”

Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5 , rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting-edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. “There are no CDs involved,” he said. “It’s a technological orgy up there, and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see deadmau5, I want them to hear deadmau5 music.” It’s an approach that’s catapulted deadmau5 into dance music’s A-list, and his work has been nominated for six Grammy Awards. deadmau5 has recorded eight studio albums since his 2005 debut, “Get Scraped,” with “W:/2016ALBUM” as his latest release on his Mau5trap label.

Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo , is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much an international brand as he is a musician/DJ/producer. He’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence. In 2004, after throwing influential parties in South Philadelphia, Pentz cemented himself as a full-fledged artist through his debut album, “Florida” which received praise within the underground community. After multiple Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year, and being crowned the No. 1 most-streamed artist on Soundcloud for 2013, Beyoncé’s “Run the World” sampled Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and sold more than 1 million copies, cementing Diplo’s place in the pop world. 2016 included three Grammy Nominations for Producer of the Year, Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album.

GRiZ (or Grant Kwiecinski, to his mom) is already being hailed as a visionary at age 27. Last spring, he released “Say It Loud” (via his All Good Records imprint), a follow-up to its more funk-step predecessors, “Rebel Era” and “Mad Liberation.” With assists from rapper Talib Kweli, Afrobeat-group Antibalas, the L.A.’s Children’s Chorus, and others, his new full-length finds a golden mean between an abundance of brass instruments, liberal use of soulful vocals and shimmering, synth beats. The album also was influenced by James Brown’s funk-soul spirit, and its horns pay homage to one of GRiZ’s favorite albums, “Sketches of Spain” by Miles Davis.

Ticket Information

Snake Pit Presented by Coors Light tickets are only available for purchase by Indianapolis 500 Race Day ticket holders age 18 and older. Ticket packages for both the Indianapolis 500 race and the Snake Pit can be purchased HERE.

General admission tickets to the Snake Pit are available beginning at $45, with VIP tickets starting at $125. VIP amenities will include access to a raised viewing platform located beside the stage, a private cash bar and private air-conditioned restrooms. Snake Pit tickets do not include Indianapolis 500 gate admission, which also must be purchased.

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