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Carly Pearce, Clayton Anderson To Perform at Firestone Legends Day Concert May 25 at IMS

Carly Pearce, Clayton Anderson To Perform at Firestone Legends Day Concert May 25 at IMS

Country Stars Are Fan Favorites at Iconic Track

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Chart-topping country artist Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson have been added to a star-studded lineup at the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fan favorites at IMS, Pearce and Anderson each will perform sets one day before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the concert, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.

“It’s always great to welcome back Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson to IMS,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They have thrilled our fans with their talent and magnetic performances, whether it’s singing the national anthem or performing on our infield concert stages. They will put on a great show, along with Zac Brown Band, during the Firestone Legends Day Concert.”

Born into the bluegrass brawn of Kentucky, Pearce has never known a moment that country music wasn’t her destined path. At the young age of 11, she began touring with a local band, at 16 quit high school for a job performing at Dollywood while being homeschooled and learned humility working odd jobs upon moving to Nashville. Now, she’s defying odds with her No. 1 debut “Every Little Thing,” which steered a chart-topping trifecta on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” that also includes “If My Name Was Whiskey” and “Hide The Wine.”

With the gold-certified title track from her highly acclaimed debut album, “Every Little Thing” (Big Machine Records), Pearce became the highest-charting solo female debut since July 2015 and one of only three to accomplish the feat in over a decade. Her textured vocals and emotive songwriting prowess are emphasized across the full 13 tracks, which Uproxx regarded as “the best country debut of 2017.”

In 2018, Pearce earned her first CMT Music Award “Breakthrough Video of the Year” for “Every Little Thing,” as well as a Radio Disney Music Award for “The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist.” She has been nominated for 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards “Best New Country Artist” and ACM Awards “New Female Artist of the Year,” where she also presented during the live broadcast.

Her sound has always honored the legendary voices before her, evident with over 60 invitations to play the Grand Ole Opry. Following coveted slots on four major tours with Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan (including stadium dates), Pearce inspired ABC Radio News to boast: “‘Every Little Thing’ points to Carly Pearce as country’s ‘it’ girl.”

Pearce has performed the national anthem before the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard in 2017 and 2018 at IMS. She recently wrapped her co-headline tour with Russell Dickerson and will join Jason Aldean’s RIDE ALL NIGHT TOUR this summer. Pearce is aligned once again with sought-after producer and longtime collaborator busbee (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Kelly Clarkson), with the recent release of her new Top 30-and-rising new single “Closer To You” and recording more songs for her sophomore album.

For tour dates and more, visit CarlyPearce.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Southern Indiana native Anderson has released three albums, including his latest record, “Only To Borrow.” Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, this six-song EP was written and produced by Anderson and some of music’s most talented writers, musicians and producers. The album’s first single, “In the Dark,” earned immediate streaming activity online and captured the attention of influential music playlist programmers.

In college, Anderson decided to learn guitar because he thought it would impress the ladies. Next thing he knew, he and his friends were playing local parties and bars. After he graduated, he won Kenny Chesney’s “Next Big Star Competition.” It was the boost of confidence he needed to leave his job at a mortgage company and move to Nashville.

Anderson’s first record, “Torn Jeans & Tailgates,” was released in 2011 and climbed to No. 12 on the iTunes Country Chart, situating itself next to household names like Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

Anderson has traveled across the country playing backrooms, side stages and honky tonks from Michigan to Florida, each time gaining a few more fans and a better foothold on areas that aren’t traditional country strongholds. He’s opened for some of country’s biggest stars, the likes of Shelton, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Darius Rucker and even Mr. Party himself, Jimmy Buffett.

He also has performed the national anthem before the Red Bull Air Race in 2017 and 2018 at IMS, and his performance during the Firestone Legends Day Concert featuring Keith Urban in 2017 was a hit with fans.

For more information on Anderson, visit www.claytonandersonofficial.com.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building. General admission tickets start at just $40. A limited number of Concert Pit tickets are available starting at $75, and a very limited supply of exclusive VIP Deck tickets are available for $250.

All concert tickets include admission to the concert and all Legends Day presented by Firestone activities that day at IMS, including autograph sessions with current and past Indianapolis 500 drivers, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 public drivers meeting, historic race car laps and more. IMS gates open at 8 a.m., with concert gates opening at 2 p.m. 

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.

NTT IndyCar Series Teams To Participate in Indy 500 Test Wednesday, April 24 at IMS

In preparation for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, NTT IndyCar Series drivers will participate in an Open Test from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, April 24 on the famed 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Veterans will take the oval from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with Rookie Orientation Program and…

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PepsiCo Products Named as Official Soda and Water Beverages of IMS Starting This Season

PepsiCo Products Named as Official Soda and Water Beverages of IMS Starting This Season

Pepsi, MTN DEW, Aquafina Headline Multiyear Pact with IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Officials from PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced a multiyear partnership Thursday, April 11 in which Pepsi and MTN DEW become the Official Soda Beverages of IMS and Aquafina the Official Water of IMS starting with the 2019 season.

PepsiCo products will be served exclusively at concession stands and in suites throughout the historic facility starting with the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May.

“PepsiCo products are a perfect complement to events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Pepsi’s market activation and consumer focus make for an exciting partnership,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The PepsiCo line of beverages is enjoyed worldwide and is an excellent match for the global reach of elite events at IMS. The delicious, refreshing taste of PepsiCo products is an ideal way for fans to quench their thirst at the track.”

The agreement with IMS continues PepsiCo’s long involvement with the track and with auto racing, dating back to 1903 when pioneer roadster Barney Oldfield served as a Pepsi spokesperson. PepsiCo previously has held pouring rights at IMS, and Mike Mosley famously qualified the No. 48 Pepsi Challenger on the front row for the 1981 Indianapolis 500.

About PepsiCo

Products from PepsiCo are enjoyed by consumers more than 1 billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is its vision to be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects PepsiCo’s ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

2019 Corvette Grand Sport To Pace 103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge

This is the 16th time Corvette will lead ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 1, 2019 – The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Official Pace Car for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26 for the 103rd running of the…

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Hulman Motorsports adds chief revenue officer to Executive Leadership Team

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, March 22, 2019) – Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles announced today that veteran sports executive Casey Lane will be named chief revenue officer for Hulman Motorsports. Lane’s portfolio will include sponsorship sales and servicing alongside licensing for the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Casey’s track record of measurable…

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Brickyard Crossing Opens Wednesday, March 20 with ‘Pay The Temp’ Promotion

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – The 2019 season at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course will start when the course opens Wednesday, March 20 with a fun greens fees special that continues through March. The popular “Pay the Temp” promotion returns Wednesday at the championship-caliber course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which includes four holes inside…

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Legends Day presented by Firestone To Salute Sensational ’60s on May 25 at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 14, 2019 – The 1960s – a thrilling decade of heroes and some of the most beloved cars in Indianapolis 500 history – will be saluted through a variety of exciting activities for fans during Legends Day presented by Firestone on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fan activities included with general admission to Legends Day presented by Firestone include:

– Autograph session with the full 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge field from 9-10 a.m. in the Pagoda Plaza

– Public drivers’ meeting starting at 10:25 a.m. adjacent to the Tower Terrace stands

– Historic car laps on the historic IMS oval from 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m., including Indy cars from the 1960s

– Autograph session with retired Indy 500 drivers, with legends from the 1960s expected to participate, from noon-2:30 p.m. in the North Chalet

– Historic cars on display in trackside garages, including vehicles from the 1960s

General admission tickets for Legends Day presented by Firestone are available at IMS.com for $10, with kids 15 and under admitted free with an adult.

Legends Day general admission tickets do not include admission to the Firestone Legends Day Concert featuring multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon inside Turn 4 at IMS. Tickets for that exciting show start at $35 and also are available at IMS.com.

“There have been many great eras in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, but few have captivated the fans like the 1960s,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “It was a transformative decade of iconic drivers and machines that helped ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ reach a new level of global popularity. We can’t wait to share in this celebration with our loyal fans on Legends Day presented with Firestone, and we thank Firestone for its continued support of these events that create new magic and memories.”

The 1960s were one of the most transformative eras in the history of the world’s most prestigious auto race.

Indy icons such as Jim Rathmann, A.J. Foyt, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Bobby Unser and Mario Andretti won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” during the 1960s, while legends such as Al Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Gordon Johncock, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Mark Donohue and Lloyd Ruby all made their “500” debuts during the decade. Team Penske, which has won a record 17 Indianapolis 500’s, also made its IMS debut in 1969.

Great technological change also swept across the Speedway during the decade. The 1960s started with the continued dominance of the hulking front-engine roadster cars, such as Jones’ famous No. 98 Watson/Offy nicknamed “Calhoun” that he drove to victory in 1963. But the revolution of lithe, rear-engine formula cars also took root during the decade, with Clark’s victory in a Lotus-Ford in 1965 starting a streak of Indy 500 wins by rear-engine cars that continues to this day.

Famous cars powered by gas turbine helicopter engines also captivated fans with their distinctive sound and set speed records in the late 1960s. Andretti’s 1969 race-winning Hawk III/Ford included aerodynamic pieces built into the body that set the stage for the wings that drastically increased downforce and speeds in the early 1970s at the Speedway.

The 1960s theme of Legends Day presented by Firestone also dovetails with the 50th anniversary celebration of the sole victory in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by the legendary Andretti, in 1969. Andretti will be featured on Bronze Badge and Silver Badge credentials and in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge Official Program.

Tickets for 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the sixth INDYCAR Grand Prix are on sale now at IMS.com.

Cummins, IMS Announce Special Multiyear Partnership as Part of Cummins Centennial Celebration

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — Leaders from Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and elected officials gathered today to announce a new multi-year partnership between the two 100-year old, Indiana-based companies. Cummins is celebrating its centennial this year and as part of this, Cummins will have an enhanced presence at the Indianapolis Motor…

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Singer Cornelison To Mark Start of NTT IndyCar Series Season by Placing Green Flag atop IMS Gate 1 on Friday

Chicago Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will officially install the green flag atop the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gate 1 at 2 p.m. Friday, March 8. The annual ceremony marks the start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season and is an important milestone in the countdown to the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge….

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IMS Museum to Unveil ‘Mario Andretti: ICON’ Presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+

Exhibit honoring Andretti’s incredible racing career opens May 1
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will honor 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti and his illustrious racing career with the exhibit, “Mario Andretti: ICON,” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+, opening to the public Wednesday, May 1.
The exhibit is part of a comprehensive 50th anniversary celebration of Andretti’s dramatic victory at the 53rd running of the “500.” Andretti led 116 laps and delivered a popular, long-awaited victory for colorful car owner Andy Granatelli, despite having to race in a backup car and race-long engine overheating issues.
“Mario Andretti: ICON,” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+, will bring together many of the most significant cars in Andretti’s career at the IMS Museum – cars which also represent significant milestones in motorsports history given Andretti’s accomplishments.
Andretti is the only driver in history to have won the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and a Formula 1 World Championship. The Associated Press and RACER Magazine named him “Driver of the Century” in 2000, and he’s the only driver to earn “Driver of the Year” in three decades (1967, 1978, 1984).
The featured exhibits of “Mario Andretti: ICON,” are a full representation of the Nazareth, Pa., resident’s diverse career. A sampling of this can’t-miss exhibit includes:
•The John Player Special Lotus Type 79-4, from the 1978 F1 World Championship run
•The 1974 Vel’s Parnelli Jones team Formula 1 car
•1967 Dean Van Lines Brawner Hawk II Indy 500 pole-winner
•1967 Watson Leader Card Sprint car
•The 1967 Daytona 500-winning car
•A 1994 Lola T9400 from his “Arrivederci Mario” farewell season
•The Horn Offenhauser Sprint Car, named “Baby,” from Andretti’s first Sprint car race.
Many other notable cars, firesuits, helmets and memorabilia will be part of “Mario Andretti: ICON,” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+. An audio tour featuring stories from Andretti, his longtime rivals A.J. Foyt, Al and Bobby Unser, and team owner Roger Penske will provide entertaining, behind-the-scenes insight into his career.
“Winning the Indianapolis 500 changed my life and Indy has been like a second home for my family for a very long time, so I’m very much looking forward to everything the Museum and the Speedway have planned in May,” said Andretti. “To be called an “icon” is extremely humbling, but the collection put together by the IMS Museum staff is phenomenal. I cannot wait to see this exhibit and share my story with the fans from around the world who will see it in the coming months.”
Andretti also won four IndyCar championships and major sports car events such as the 24 Hours of Daytona, and 12 Hours of Sebring – three times. But what truly sets Andretti apart from other racing legends is his incredible versatility. He regularly competed on dirt ovals, paved speedways and international road courses within a matter of days.
For instance, in the 12 weeks from Aug. 25-Nov. 17, 1968, he raced 12 times, in USAC Champ Cars and Stock Cars, F1 and the Can-Am series, earning two victories and seven top-five finishes. After qualifying on pole Sept. 7 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ dirt mile for the “Hoosier Hundred,” and finishing second, he flew all night to Monza, Italy, for the F1 Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 8 – only to learn another team had protested his inclusion in the GP, and he wouldn’t race, because he had raced within 24 hours!
Merchandise featuring the Mario Andretti 50th Anniversary logo will be available throughout the Month of May at the IMS Gift Shops around IMS, including those in the Museum, and online. Check the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website, www.ims.com, for a schedule of special events honoring Andretti during the 2019 Indianapolis 500.
“Mario Andretti: ICON,” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ will be open through November 10.
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About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with interpretive emphasis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.
Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and planned-giving for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, exhibits and events.
For more information on the IMS Museum, please visit www.indyracingmuseum.org, contact the Museum at (317) 492-6784, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Shell: Shell Oil Company (“Shell”) is an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. The Shell downstream organization manages a portfolio of top-quality brands, including the No. 1 selling premium gasoline, Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, No. 1 selling gasoline, Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines.
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