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IMS Seating To Be Smoke-Free Beginning in October 2017 

Non-Smoking Family Stands Expanding this May and Brickyard 400 Race Day  INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that its grandstands will be entirely smoke-free beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race. In addition, leading up to the Air Race, the track will provide limited smoke-free family grandstands at…

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Fans Can Enjoy IMS Museum for Free during INDYCAR Grand Prix Weekend

Fans Can Enjoy IMS Museum for Free during INDYCAR Grand Prix Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Admission to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will be free for INDYCAR Grand Prix ticket holders during the two-day event, May 12-13at IMS.

A General Admission or Reserved Seat ticket must be present for entry to the Museum, located in the IMS infield, between Turns 1 and 2 of the oval, just inside Gate 2. The IMS Museum features race cars and other memorabilia from every era of the Indianapolis 500, as well as cars and artifacts from many other forms of racing.

One of the highlights of the Month of May is the extensive new IMS Museum exhibit honoring the legendary A.J. Foyt, who earned his record-setting fourth Indianapolis 500 victory 40 years ago, in 1977.

The INDYCAR Grand Prix kicks off the Greatest Month in Racing on Saturday, May 13 with Verizon IndyCar Series action on the IMS road course. Races in all four Mazda Road to Indy ladder series also will take place during the May 12-13 event, providing a full schedule of exciting open-wheel action.

Kids 15 and under are free both days of the INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend-and at all IMS racing events-in General Admission areas when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Fans will be allowed to walk on the track after the race Saturday, sharing in the celebration, experiencing the famous IMS circuit and kissing the famous Yard of Bricks.

Another popular, family-friendly addition to the INDYCAR Grand Prix this year is infield camping, with great views of the road course for race weekend. Infield locations are nearly sold out, so fans should hurry to reserve their spot at

Visit to buy tickets and learn more about the INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 12-13 and 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.

Indy 500 Fans: Show Greatest Wardrobe in Racing on #500fashionfridays

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Indianapolis 500 fans are encouraged to show their pride for the world’s greatest race every Friday in the celebratory Month of May 2017 by wearing black, white and checkers to work, school and leisure activities. A stylish program, called #500fashionfridays, is inspired by the Indianapolis Colts “blue” Fridays when…

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Jonathan Jackson + Enation Add Excitement to Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 17, 2017 – Alternative rock band Jonathan Jackson + Enation will bring its singular style and energy to the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil pre-race festivities Sunday, May 28, performing on a specially designed rolling stage that debuted during last year’s race. The band just released its new single,…

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Famed Chicago Blackhawks Performer Cornelison To Sing ‘Back Home Again In Indiana’ before Start of 101st Indianapolis 500

Famed Chicago Blackhawks Performer Cornelison To Sing ‘Back Home Again In Indiana’ before Start of 101st Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Jim Cornelison, renowned for his stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Chicago Blackhawks’ home games, will sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” before the start of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Cornelison, a 1992 graduate of the Master of Music program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, has been the popular, exclusive singer of the national anthem before all Blackhawks’ home games at the United Center in Chicago since the 2008-09 season. His soaring vocals and spirited style have welcomed millions of network viewers to the Stanley Cup Finals over multiple championship runs for the Blackhawks’ organization.

“Jim Cornelison’s powerful tenor voice is one that most sports fans know and have heard in in the United Center and on TV sets across the country,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We are thrilled to welcome him to IMS to perform the song that means so much to every Indianapolis 500 fan – whether they are from Indiana or otherwise – and we would like to thank the Blackhawks’ organization for working with us to allow Jim to be here for this most important pre-race tradition.”

The popularity of his powerful, respectful performances has led to Cornelison singing in front of national audiences at many other sporting events, including 2012 Ryder Cup golf match, Arlington Million horse race, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” and two USA Rugby matches, the first vs. New Zealand All Blacks and the second vs. Australia at Soldier Field. He’s also made television performances on “TODAY,” “The Colbert Report” and “Harry Connick Jr. Show.”

Cornelison’s widespread appreciation and popularity in Chicago is also evident on his resume. He has performed before games for every major Chicago professional sports team.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to Indianapolis for the ‘500,’” said Cornelison. “What a blast! And to be asked to sing ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ is a special treat and honor. Thanks to the team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for thinking of me. I can’t wait for Race Day!”

Cornelison, a tenor, sang with numerous opera companies before becoming one of six accepted apprentices from more than 800 applicants for the Lyric Opera’s Apprenticeship Program in Chicago in 1995.

He has performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in opera, including Placido Domingo and Zubin Mehta, and with opera companies in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, France and many other locations.

Washington state native Cornelison has a strong commitment to the U.S. Armed Forces and to charitable organizations. He serves on the advisory board of the Illinois Patriot Education Fund, is the honorary squadron commander of the USAF Band of Mid-America and an honorary member of the World President’s Organization. He regularly participates with charitable organizations such as Dreams for Kids, the USO and veterans’ support groups.

Visit to purchase tickets for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, and for more information on the entire Month of May schedule at IMS. Kids 15 and under are free to all 2017 racing events at IMS when accompanied by an adult General Admission ticket-holder.

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Here is one of his legendary performances of the National Anthem at the “Madhouse on Madison”:


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New 500 Forward Initiative To Accelerate Celebration of 101st Indianapolis 500

New 500 Forward Initiative To Accelerate Celebration of 101st Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, April 11, 2017 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today a new collaborative community effort, 500 Forward, to elevate and extend celebrations surrounding the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and the Month of May.

500 Forward consists of 13 partner organizations paired with IMS to execute programming and events that celebrate the Greatest Month in Racing and support worthy civic initiatives through the legacy and appeal of the Indianapolis 500.

“Indiana’s reputation for hosting world-class sporting events is fueled entirely by our unique ability to build diverse community coalitions in support of common goals,” said Allison Melangton, Hulman Motorsports senior vice president of events. “500 Forward provides a fantastic opportunity to harness the collective energy of our community partners and volunteers to boost the entire Month of May and Indiana’s continued reputation as a global sports capital.”

500 Forward will engage community partner organizations in Indianapolis and the state of Indiana in five important areas:

  • Welcoming visitors to Indianapolis while showcasing the best the city offers.
  • Providing programming that ignites excitement and pride for the Indianapolis 500 in downtown Indianapolis and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Supporting programs that build and enhance the culture of Indianapolis.
  • Enriching the community by supporting local non-profit organizations as they celebrate the Indianapolis 500.
  • Connecting all corners of the state of Indiana to the traditions and celebrations surrounding the Indianapolis 500.

The 500 Forward effort formed as a natural evolution of the 100th Running Host Committee, a network of 12 committees and 38 subcommittees that helped build unprecedented exposure and anticipation for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May 2016. Some host committee programs will return through 500 Forward, while new programs also will be launched.

The 500 Forward programs and events unveiled today include:

  • 500 Fashion Fridays: A partnership with Downtown Indy Inc. encouraging downtown workers to incorporate racing and the Indianapolis 500 into their Friday outfits. Stay tuned for more information on this initiative soon!
  • Welcome Program: A collaboration with Visit Indy, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Hamilton Country Tourism to ensure amped-up hospitality for visitors during the Month of May. This will include welcome signage at Indianapolis International Airport and more than 30 hotels in Indianapolis and Hamilton County. Taxi cab drivers will also receive special Indy 500 advocate training and checkered car flags.
  • Indy 500 Porch Parties: A popular program returning through support from the Harrison Center for the Arts. Central Indiana residents are once again encouraged to celebrate the Month of May with officially registered porch parties. Last year, more than 500 events took place!
  • 500 Gives Back: A grant program administered by the 500 Festival to support community organizations implementing life-enriching events, activities and programs, while also celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500.
  • Bike to the 500: The second annual ride will take place on Race Day, Sunday, May 28. Last year, more than 800 fans participated. Help us set a new record this year!
  • “Welcome Race Fans”: Five local artists have been commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to create unique, racing-themed pieces of art that will debut in late April and be placed throughout the community during the Month of May.
  • Downtown Décor: A collaboration with Visit Indy to deck out downtown Indianapolis in racing-themed décor.

Organizations participating in 500 Forward include the 500 Festival, Arts Council of Indianapolis, City of Indianapolis, Downtown Indy, Hamilton County Tourism, Harrison Center for the Arts, IMS Museum, Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Airport Authority, IndyHub, IndyCog, Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Visit Indy.

Stay tuned for more exciting 500 Forward announcements! The 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for Sunday, May 28 at IMS.

Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertibles Presented as 500 Festival Event Cars

Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertibles Presented as 500 Festival Event Cars

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 3, 2017 – A longtime Indianapolis 500 tradition was continued today between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet when 101 identical 2017 Camaro SS convertibles were staged for delivery on the main straightaway of IMS.

The 500 Festival car presentation ceremony included 50 Camaros to IMS and 51 Camaros to the Indianapolis-area Chevrolet dealers. The 500 Festival Camaro SS’s presented to the dealers will be available for immediate purchase. 

The “Festival Event Cars” have reminded Indianapolis-area residents of the upcoming Indianapolis 500 since the 1960s, and this year’s fleet of unique Camaros again will turn heads as they are driven around Central Indiana.

“The sight of 500 Festival cars on the streets of Indianapolis and beyond is a sure sign the Month of May is right around the corner,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Our friends at Chevrolet once again have delivered a fleet of beautiful Chevrolet Camaro SS convertibles that will build even more anticipation with fans for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible will serve as the Festival Car for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)

This year’s 500 Festival cars are based off the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible and are powered by the LT1 6.2L V-8, which offers 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque – making it the most powerful Camaro SS ever.

The 2017 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:

Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top

• Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph

• Remote opening with the key fob

• A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.

Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe’s sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes.

The 2017 Festival Camaros feature a Summit White exterior, blue center stripe, black convertible top and Adrenaline Red leather interior. The Festival Camaros carry the unique production option code designation (Z4Z) that signifies Indianapolis 500 Festival-only option content. Included in the (Z4Z) package is a body-length blue stripe with a watermark Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wing and Wheel logo, red fender hash marks, gloss black lower front splitter, special SS grille with red accents and black Chevrolet bowtie emblems. The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 event logo adorns the doors, and a special rocker stripe completes the package. 

“Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a special part of Chevrolet’s history, and we are extremely proud of our longstanding partnership with this iconic racetrack,” said Jeff Chew, senior manager of strategic planning and operations for Chevrolet Racing. “It is a pleasure for Chevrolet to support the efforts of the 500 Festival board members with these special Camaros, as they serve as ambassadors for the Speedway and the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 in their communities and generate excitement ahead of the event.”

Said Bob Bryant, 500 Festival president and CEO: “Every spring, the community eagerly awaits the arrival of the Festival cars. These beautiful vehicles have become an iconic symbol of the Month of May and help fulfill the 500 Festival’s mission of providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500.

“Over the coming weeks, the 500 Festival’s board members will log thousands of miles in the Festival cars. From taking part in various community outreach programs throughout the state to transporting the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 in the IPL 500 Festival Parade, these vehicles will play a role in our events that draw in excess of half a million people annually. We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet and look forward to using the Festival cars to enhance the community celebration leading up to the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will take place Sunday, May 28. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.

[Writers] New Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum exhibit honors iconic champion A.J. Foyt

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of his record-setting fourth Indianapolis 500 win, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is proud to present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit honoring auto racing icon A.J. Foyt, opening April 14.

A.J. Foyt: A Legendary Exhibition, presented by ABC Supply is a limited-run celebration that traces the superstar’s rise from the dirt tracks of Texas to the pinnacle of auto racing history.

Nearly three dozen cars that Foyt drove in competition will be on display, including all four of his Indianapolis 500 winning machines, the 1961 Bowes Seal Fast Special, 1964 & 1967 Sheraton-Thompson Specials, and the 1977 Gilmore Coyote.

“Everyone knows that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite track and that people wouldn’t know me if it weren’t for the Indy 500, but to have the Museum put on this exhibit there, well I feel truly honored,” said the legendary Foyt. “This exhibit will give people a chance to see my winning Indy cars but also some of the other race cars I drove and won in over the years.”

In addition to several of Foyt’s IndyCars, many incredible machines representing Foyt’s career in NASCAR, USAC and road racing will be on display, many for the first time, and visitors will also have the chance to see rare memorabilia from Foyt’s personal collection.

“Based on the stuff we shipped to Indy, I think the Museum has a lot of personal memorabilia and photos that their visitors will like seeing” Foyt said. “I haven’t seen some of the cars in many, many years so to be truthful, I’m looking forward to the exhibit too!”

“A.J. Foyt is perhaps the most iconic driver in the 108-year history of the Brickyard” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Director & Curator Ellen Bireley. “We are proud to honor this incredible champion with an exhibit of memories and memorabilia that pays tribute to one of the most diverse and successful careers in auto racing history.”

Forever In Your Mind To Sing National Anthem at INDYCAR Grand Prix

Forever In Your Mind To Sing National Anthem at INDYCAR Grand Prix

Band Members Suit Up for High-Speed Thrill Ride in Long Beach

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Billboard-charting pop group Forever In Your Mind will perform the national anthem before the start of the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Forever In Your Mind (FIYM), comprised of band members Ricky Garcia, Liam Attridge and Emery Kelly, has amassed more than 30 million video views from its self-titled debut EP released by Hollywood Records in 2016. The stylish trio also has sold out concerts nationwide and has a combined global reach of more than 2 million followers on social media.

The announcement was made via social media today, after the band members took a high-speed thrill ride through the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach course and met with Verizon IndyCar Series star Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

“The harmonies of Forever In Your Mind will be on full display during their performance of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ before the INDYCAR Grand Prix,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Fans of all ages will appreciate and enjoy their rendition, and we look forward to welcoming them to IMS at the start of the Greatest Month in Racing.”

Said FIYM’s Garcia: “We can’t wait to perform the national anthem at the Racing Capital of the World at the start of May. Jumping in an Indy car was seriously epic; these guys go fast and deal with a lot of pressure as they navigate a course. I think we’ll stick to singing for now, but it was awesome being a race car driver for a day!”

FIYM will be releasing new music next month. The new single shows the band’s growing musical maturity while continuing to feature its signature harmonies.

The band’s self-titled EP, which featured hit singles “Hurricane,” “Enough About Me” and “Compass,” spent 19 weeks on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart. That success led to FIYM performing live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and embarking on a cross-country winter tour last year with fellow Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt.

FIYM’s lead role in Disney Channel’s “Road to the Roxy” led to a sold-out headline gig at L.A.’s famed Roxy nightclub in summer 2016. The band also presented at the Radio Disney Music Awards and participated in Flo Rida’s opening number at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.

Television also was a catalyst for the formation of FIYM. Long Island, New York, native Kelly auditioned for the television talent competition, “X Factor,” in 2013, where he met Garcia, a Texas transplant living in Los Angeles. They became friends and formed FIYM, which became a trio when Kelly’s cousin Attridge moved from Long Island to Los Angeles.

Visit to purchase tickets for the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 12-13and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, and for more information on the entire Month of May schedule at IMS. Kids 15 and under are free to all 2017 racing events at IMS when accompanied by an adult General Admission ticket-holder.

PrimeSport, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Expand Partnership with Launch of Official IMS Ticket Exchange

INDIANAPOLIS, March 23, 2017 – PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sports and entertainment events, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today announced the launch of the Official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Exchange. PrimeSport will host and manage the only official resale marketplace where race fans can buy and sell 100-percent guaranteed tickets to the…

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