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103rd Indianapolis 500 To Be Featured in Statewide ‘This Is May’ Television Ad during Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 – The biggest race in the world once again will be featured during the most-watched American television program of the year, as an advertisement for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will air during the CBS telecast of Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3.

The 30-second spot, which is scheduled to be shown at the end of the second quarter on CBS affiliates in Indiana, promotes the “This Is May” campaign around the race. The ad features a fast-action mix of scenes from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and greater Indianapolis, exciting Indianapolis 500 action with the drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series and a song and narration from country music star Clayton Anderson, an Indiana native who performed at the 2017 Firestone Legends Day Concert at IMS.

Mortenson Kim + Raidious and IMS Productions collaborated to create the spot. This is the fourth consecutive year in which a “500” advertisement has aired during the Super Bowl telecast, which easily draws the largest American television audience of any annual program. Super Bowl LII attracted 103.4 million viewers last February.

The 30-second ad and an extended version will be posted on IMS social channels, the IMS YouTube channel and IMS.com/May shortly after it airs Sunday evening, so fans can watch and share on their social platforms.

The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will play in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at IMS.

Gainbridge Becomes Presenting Sponsor of Indianapolis 500

Digital-first Annuity, Life Insurance Agency Reaches Multiyear Agreement with IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 – Gainbridge , an online financial services platform providing straightforward access to tax-deferred accumulation and income products, has reached a multiyear agreement to become the presenting sponsor of the Indianapolis 500 starting with the 2019 edition of the world’s most prestigious auto race.

Gainbridge also will become the official annuity and life insurance partner of INDYCAR, IMS and the Indy 500.

The announcement was made today during a press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Hulman & Company President & CEO Mark Miles, Group1001 President & CEO Dan Towriss and IMS President J. Douglas Boles.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race is the crown jewel of the NTT IndyCar Series and the largest single-day spectator sporting event on the globe.

Gainbridge is a digital-first annuity and life insurance agency on a mission to equip people for action. It puts power directly into clients’ hands with intuitive tools and an offering of high-yield products designed to grow their money for goals big and small, not just retirement. The products Gainbridge offers provide three key benefits: steady growth, simplicity and transparency.

As Gainbridge expands nationally, its association with the Indy 500 as presenting sponsor will provide a key platform for brand recognition and customer acquisition. The products Gainbridge offers are currently available to residents of Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey, with service expanding to many more states in the coming weeks. For more information on Gainbridge, visit www.gainbridge.life.

“We welcome Gainbridge to this new partnership with ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'” Miles said. “Gainbridge offers a bold, new way to steady growth, and we’re honored that the platform is being launched through this association with the Indianapolis 500 – an exciting global event with a rich history and a bright, dynamic future. It’s a perfect fit.”

“Gainbridge’s simplified approach to delivering annuities empowers investors who seek to maximize performance, but stay out of trouble, amidst today’s market volatility”, said Towriss, CEO of Group1001, Gainbridge’s parent company. “In investing, like in racing, anything can happen. The key is to stay calm and have a strategy in place to hedge for the unexpected. The amazing parallels between Gainbridge’s philosophy and racing make our Indy 500 partnership that much more meaningful.”

This presenting sponsorship by Gainbridge also deepens Group1001’s involvement with events and competitors at IMS.

Group1001 has sponsored since 2018 the Andretti Autosport car driven by American Zach Veach in the NTT IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500 and INDYCAR Grand Prix at IMS. As part of today’s announcement, it was shared that the primary sponsor on his car in 2019 will be Gainbridge. Group1001 also has served as the presenting sponsor of the Indy Women in Tech Championship LPGA tournament at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course since 2018.

About Group1001

Gainbridge is a member of Group One Thousand One (“Group1001”), a family of companies striving to make accumulation and insurance products more useful and intuitive for everyone. Group1001 has combined assets under management of approximately $36 billion and continues to look for opportunities to help disciplined investors grow and protect their savings. Group1001’s family of brands includes Gainbridge, Delaware Life, Relay and Clear Spring.

Group1001 also believes education and sports have the power to transform communities. Its corporate social programs to date have spanned 22 states, positively impacting over 200,000 youths, and have included public and private partnerships to revitalize youth sports fields in at-risk communities and the creation of mentoring and education programs.

Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, Chris Lake To Headline 2019 Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light Lineup

Tickets On Sale Now for May 26 Show at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 – The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light will feature a lineup of global electronic music superstars performing at Race Weekend’s biggest and best party, with Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium and Chris Lake headlining the Race Day concert Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The star-studded lineup will perform in the infield adjacent to Turn 3 of the IMS oval during the 103rd Indianapolis 500. Snake Pit performances will start at 7 a.m., with specific set times will be announced soon.

“This year’s Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light features another fantastic lineup of world-class artists that will keep the off-track entertainment going all day inside Turn 3 for nearly 30,000 enthusiastic fans,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Snake Pit has become a sensational success story for IMS and the Indy 500, and it has become a large part of what introduces the next generation of Indy 500 fan to the track through the fun atmosphere and unforgettable memories.”

General admission and VIP tickets for the Snake Pit are on sale for $45 and $135 at ims.com and indy500snakepit.com. VIP amenities will include access to a raised viewing platform located beside the stage, a private cash bar and private air-conditioned restrooms.

All Snake Pit ticketholders must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Indy 500 general admission or reserved seat ticket. Ticket holders should be prepared to show proper identification to enter the concert.

Packages that include Race Day general admission tickets are available. A package featuring general admission to the Indianapolis 500 and Snake Pit is $80, while a race general admission and Snake Pit VIP package is $170.

Skrillex returns to the Snake Pit after headlining the 2016 event during the landmark 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, one of the more than 500 shows he has played in 35 countries since 2010. He continues to be one of the biggest stars in electronic music, with eight releases and more than 10 million singles sold since 2010. He has won or shared eight Grammy Awards, in categories including Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

Born as Sonny John Moore, Skrillex released his debut full-length album, “Recess,” in 2014, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. He also scored his first top-10 hit with “Where Are Ü Now” featuring Diplo and Justin Bieber.

Besides collaborating with Diplo and Bieber, Skrillex also has created huge club hits with artists such as A$AP Rocky. He also scored the critically acclaimed “Spring Breakers” movie for friend/cult filmmaker Harmony Korine and composed an original track for Pixar’s film “Wreck It Ralph.”

A tireless creator, Skrillex also has grown within the music and content industry through his own label, OWSLA, numerous media projects, the NEST online community and a state-of-the-art creative space he is building in his hometown of Los Angeles. His first fashion collaboration with G-Star sold out globally within days.

Swedish DJ and dance music producer Alessandro Lindblad, more commonly known as Alesso , quickly gained mainstream recognition for his remixes of Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia and Avicii, as well as his own productions.

His first major achievement came in 2011, when his remix of Nadia Ali’s track “Pressure” was one of the most successful EDM tracks of the year. He made his first BBC Radio 1 essential mix in 2012 and earned the Track of the Year award on Zane Lowe’s prime-time Radio 1 slot for the single “Calling (Lose My Mind).” He also managed to move up many notches in DJ Mag’s DJ of the Year listings to number 20. He leaped to major success when he had a U.K. chart number one with his collaborative single “Under Control” alongside Calvin Harris and Hurts.

In 2014, Alesso signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings, and in 2015 he issued his debut album, “Forever,” which included the singles “Tear the Roof Up,” “Cool” and “Heroes (We Could Be),” the latter of which featured Swedish pop star Tove Lo. In 2017, he scored a modest hit on the all-star collaboration “Let Me Go,” which featured Hailee Steinfeld, Andrew Watt and Florida Georgia Line. The track hit the Top 40 across the globe, rising to No. 6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart.

Denver-based Nick Miller, better known by his stage name Illenium, has won the hearts of dance music aficionados worldwide through his captivating remixes and enthralling original productions that have received more than 1 billion streams globally.

His debut “Awake Live” performances throughout 2017 captivated audiences across the country and sold out some of the most renowned venues nationwide, such as The Shrine, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Aragon Ballroom, WaMu Theater and Terminal 5. In 2017, he released his second critically acclaimed studio album, “Awake,” which was listed in Billboard’s “10 Best Dance/Electronic Albums of 2017” and received more than 100 million streams and the No. 1 spot in the iTunes Electronic Dance Charts in 12 countries.

Illenium also has performed at major festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, EDC, Decadence, Electric Forest and Paradiso, and he played Coachella for the first time in 2018.

Among Chris Lake’s credits are several Billboard chart-toppers, a platinum record, a Grammy nomination and a Midas touch for supporting emerging talent.

Lake fully realized his vision in 2017 when he launched his new record label, “Black Book Records” The debut release, “Operator ft. Dances With White Girls,” was the Holy Ship! 9.0 anthem by the end of January and gained support from almost every house DJ, from Claude Vonstroke and Green Velvet to Disclosure and Duke Dumont. He also released in 2017 his OWSLA release “I Want You” and a compilation co-curated with Skrillex called HOWSLA. The compilation jumped to No. 1 in the iTunes Dance Chart and was celebrated at a live-streamed release party.

Lake also toured North America on the 21 stop “Lose My Mind” tour in 2017, selling out clubs such as the El Rey in Los Angeles, Coda in Toronto, and 1015 Folsom in San Francisco. He also played the festival circuit in 2018, including Bonnaroo, HOLY SHIP and Electric Forest.

Tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26 and the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 are available at ims.com.

Emotion of Power’s 2018 Victory Captured in Colorful 2019 Indianapolis 500 Ticket

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 – 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power unveiled the 2019 ticket for the 103rd Running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Monday, Jan. 28, complete with a design capturing the color and emotion of his stirring victory last May.

2014 NTT IndyCar Series champion Power, from Toowoomba, Australia, earned his first Indianapolis 500 victory in his 11th career start in the race last May 27. The win was the record-extending 17th for Team Penske in the world’s most prestigious auto race.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A photo of Power’s emotional victory celebration is the centerpiece of the 2019 ticket, designed by IMS Creative Services. He is exalting toward the crowd with his left fist aloft, with the winner’s wreath around his torso and drops from the winner’s traditional drink of milk still evident on his face.

The raw excitement of Power’s celebration also is captured in the photo, as he is being lifted off the ground by Team Penske crew members in triumph, an extremely rare Victory Lane gesture in the annals of the historic race.

“Very cool – that is a great photo,” Power said after unveiling the ticket. “That captures everything. The excitement, teamwork, the milk. Great job, fantastic job. I can’t wait to sign hopefully thousands of those tickets.”

A special varnish coats the compelling photo of Power on the ticket, adding emphasis to his status as the defending winner and enhancing the ticket as a coveted keepsake for race fans.

The 2019 ticket also features the event logo, “This Is May” event slogan, and rich maroon and navy blue colors. The famous “Yard of Bricks” start-finish line also is represented atop the ticket, which was unveiled by Power and IMS Creative Services team members during a ceremony at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26 and the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 are available at ims.com.

Legendary Band Kool & the Gang To Open Miller Lite Carb Day Concert May 24

 

Legendary Band Kool & the Gang To Open Miller Lite Carb Day Concert May 24

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 – Kool & the Gang, which has received countless awards for its chart-topping funk, R&B and pop hits, will open the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rock band Foreigner is headlining the show on one of the most exciting days in the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, creating a legendary show featuring two of the biggest-selling groups in musical history. The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, by calling 800-822-INDY (4639) or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building. General Admission prices start at $30. Special Concert Pit access also is available for an additional $20, and a limited number of VIP Deck tickets are available for $250.

All General Admission and VIP Deck tickets include admission to the concert and to on-track activities that day at IMS, which include the final practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500, the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge.

“Kool & the Gang is a great addition to our Miller Lite Carb Day lineup,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Like Foreigner, Kool & the Gang puts on a great show filled with songs everyone knows and loves. With a fun combination of funk and rock legends on the same bill along with plenty of thrilling wheel-to-wheel action on track, this will be one of the most enjoyable days of the year for so many fans at IMS.”

Kool & the Gang, officially launched in 1969, after performing for five years under various band titles, has influenced the music of three generations while becoming true recording industry legends.
Thanks to iconic songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness” and “Open Sesame,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.

From Nairobi to Newark, Kool & the Gang has performed continuously longer than any R&B group in history, and its bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made it the most sampled R&B band of all time. A reviewer recently called their performance “a 24-karat show” and every year, even after a half-century on the road, yields a non-stop schedule of shows across the globe.

The heavily-in-demand band has continued to tour the world, appearing most recently alongside Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John and The Roots and performing on a recent, 50-city tour with rock legends Van Halen.
In 1964, Ronald Bell and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City, New Jersey, neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. At first calling themselves the Jazziacs, the band went through various names – The New Dimensions, The Soul Town Band, Kool & the Flames – before settling on their famous moniker.
Over the next several years they solidified their musical chemistry on the rough-and-tumble East Coast music scene supporting acts like Ritchie Havens and Richard Pryor. Their self-titled 1969 debut album introduced their signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements and spawned their first Billboard R&B charted single, Kool & the Gang.

In 1969, Kool & the Gang released their self-titled debut album. It was the introduction to a theme, music is the message, that Kool & the Gang stands by today. The instrumental album was an expression of their deep love of music. It was also an introduction to their signature sound and the fierce horn arrangements created by Khalis, Dee Tee and Spike. Their debut album spawned their first Billboard R&B-charted single, “Kool & the Gang,” and later “Let the Music Take Your Mind.”

The band’s stellar reputation grew with each album, but 1973’s gold disc “Wild & Peaceful” took Kool & the Gang to another level (No. 6 R&B, No. 33 Pop), spurred by the immortal party anthems “Funky Stuff,” “Hollywood Swinging” and the platinum smash “Jungle Boogie.” Hits like Higher Plane (No. 1 R&B), the classic “Summer Madness” (featured on the Grammy-winning movie soundtrack “Rocky”) and LPs “Spirit of the Boogie,” “Love & Understanding” and “Open Sesame” followed. The latter’s title track was featured on the top-selling movie soundtrack of all time, “Saturday Night Fever,” earning the group their second Grammy.

In 1979, Kool & the Gang unveiled a smooth new sound with “Ladies Night.” Produced by the legendary pop/jazz musician Eumir Deodato, it became their first platinum album. The No. 1 R&B title track reached No. 8 on the Pop chart. It was followed by “Too Hot” (No. 3 R&B, No. 5 Pop). The 80s would see them dominate the mainstream, starting with the double platinum-selling album “Celebrate” (driven by the international monster hit “Celebration,” which spent six weeks atop the R&B chart and became a No. 1 Pop single).

“Celebration,” which played as the American hostages returned from Iran, remains de rigueur at joyous occasions worldwide. The smashes “Get Down On It,” “Take My Heart,” “Let’s Go Dancing,” “Joanna,” “Tonight,” “Misled,” the No. 1 R&B, No. 2 Pop giant “Cherish” and the No. 1 R&B anthem “Fresh” (these last three from the multi- platinum LP “Emergency”) solidified the group’s international stardom.

With the explosion of hip-hop in the 90s, Kool & the Gang’s incredible catalog of grooves made them DJ favorites. They were second only to R&B icon James Brown as sources of rap music samples.

Today, the group enjoys global fame and recognition and a following that spans generations due in part to the group’s widely sampled catalogue. Kool & the Gang’s drum beats, bass, guitar and signature horn lines lace the tracks of numerous artists, including the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and P. Diddy. Kool & the Gang is the most sampled band in hip-hop by far. The band’s music is also featured on the soundtracks for “Rocky,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and countless others.

In 2014, the band was honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award and in October 2015, in the town they sing about in one of their earliest hits, “Hollywood Swinging,” Kool & the Gang was honored to take their place as American musical icons with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2019. Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.

IMS Museum to Offer Series of ‘Lost’ Indy 500 Radio Broadcasts for Sale; 1958 Race Available Now in Crisp Digital Quality

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is making great efforts to save historic Indianapolis 500 media and make it available to the public, and the IMS Radio Network’s live race broadcast of the 1958 Indianapolis 500 is now available as a digital download for just $9.95 per copy.
Every purchase of the more than four-hour broadcast, which has been fully restored and preserved in incredible digital quality, will support the Museum’s efforts to bring back to life several more long-lost race and qualifying recordings.
The estate of Sid Collins, the legendary IMS Radio Network lead announcer and “Voice of the 500,” donated numerous transcription discs containing races, qualifying shows and interviews from the 1950s. Although shaped like a record, the discs are made of acetate – a material that, unlike vinyl records, degrades over time. The 1958 transcription discs were cut live during the race, in the radio booth with Collins, using a recording lathe that created the grooves instantaneously.
IMS Museum staff is working with Bloomington, Ind.-based Memnon Archiving Services, and in conjunction with media preservation experts at Indiana University, to save these one-of-a-kind recordings. IU Audio Preservation Engineer Dan Figurelli said the 1958 race discs were coated in a white film as a result of the natural deterioration of the media.
“We were able to preserve and restore them at the highest quality,” said Figurelli. “Listening to them is a unique window into history. It’s like you are there.”
The 1958 Indianapolis 500 began with tragedy and drama, on the first lap. Front row starter Ed Elisian passed pole winner Dick Rathmann on the backstretch and then spun in Turn 3, setting off a 15-car chain reaction crash that sent rookie Jerry Unser over the wall and resulted in the death of popular driver Pat O’Connor, of North Vernon, Ind.
Jimmy Bryan, who had won the national championship three times in four years, would win the race but was despondent in Victory Circle, as O’Connor was one of his best friends. Collins and the IMS Radio Network team covered the mixed emotions of the day with the utmost professionalism and sympathy.
IMS Radio Network broadcasts covering 1960-64, and 1966-present, plus the 1958 “500” audio, are available via MP3-format digital download (no compact discs) at:
Purchases of the 1958 audio restoration will result in the release of more full-length 1950’s era races, plus interviews and never-before-released qualifying shows.
The next IMS Radio Network digitally-remastered broadcast scheduled for release will be the 1959 “500,” in Spring 2019 to honor the event’s 60th anniversary. It was an exciting race with Rodger Ward just barely beating Jim Rathmann and Johnny Thomson, setting the stage for the 1960 “500” and one of the most epic battles in IMS history, which saw 29 lead changes – 14 of them between Ward and Rathmann.
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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 500 and its role as an American icon of sporting tradition and innovation.
Located inside the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and planned-giving for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, and special 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.
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Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink Returning to IMS Sept. 4-5, 2019

Ticket Reorders, New Applications Open Now for Spectacular USAC Midget Race INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 – The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, which debuted in September 2018 as an overwhelming success with drivers, teams and fans, will return for its second running Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The…

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Legendary Rock Band Foreigner To Headline Miller Lite Carb Day Concert May 24

Legendary Rock Band Foreigner To Headline Miller Lite Carb Day Concert May 24

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 – Foreigner, one of the biggest-selling bands in history and creator of some of rock’s most enduring hits, will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, 2019 to conclude one of the most exciting days in the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. An opening artist will be announced in the coming weeks.

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 prices start at $30. Special Concert Pit access also is available for an additional $20, and a limited number of VIP Deck tickets are available for $250.

All General Admission and VIP Deck tickets include admission to the concert and to on-track activities that day at IMS, which include the final practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500, the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge.

“Foreigner is one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, with hits loved by millions of fans worldwide,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The band’s energetic show, featuring all their sing-along classics, will be a perfect ending to one of the best days of the year at IMS. With this great concert and a full schedule of on track activity, Miller Lite Carb Day again will shift Race Weekend into high gear.”

Foreigner’s catalog sales were celebrated in the Sept. 13, 2017 edition of Business Insidermagazine as hitting the Top 40 among the best-selling music artists of all time. The Beatles were justifiably No. 1, but Foreigner came in ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard.

With 10 multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, which now exceed 75 million.

Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide No. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. Foreigner also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing. 

Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The album “Double Vision” followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, “4,” its impressive run at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 1980s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, “Agent Provocateur,” gave the world the incredible No. 1 global hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”

At Foreigner’s core is the founder and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence and guide the band to new horizons. He reformed the band after a 2002 hiatus and selected lead singer Kelly Hansen, one of rock’s greatest showmen, to help write an inspired new chapter in the history of Foreigner.

Jones also brought in bassist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, guitarist Bruce Watson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards and Chris Frazier on drums. An unprecedented new level of energy led the group to a re-emergence accentuated by new music that speaks to long time Foreigner fans and younger generations alike.

With renewed vitality and direction, Foreigner hit the Billboard charts again with the 2005 release of their live greatest hits album, “Extended Versions.” “Can’t Slow Down” followed in 2009 and entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30, driven by two Top 20 radio singles, “In Pieces” and “When It Comes To Love.”

Foreigner experienced another surge in popularity when several of their hits were featured on soundtracks for films “Rock of Ages,” “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Angry Birds,” “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” Foreigner songs also were featured in the Netflix hit shows “Orange Is the New Black” and “Stranger Things,” and the band was introduced to new audiences when its songs were featured in the blockbuster video game “Grand Theft Auto V.”

2017 marked the celebration of Foreigner’s 40th anniversary. The Warner Music Group released a double CD set “40,” which includes 40 songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. The album spent nine weeks on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and it features two tracks recorded especially for this release, “Give My Life For Love” and a new version of “I Don’t Want To Live Without You.’ The US anniversary headline tour played 40 shows across the United States, where the band was supported by Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham‘s Led Zeppelin Experience.

The band also expanded its fanbase in 2018 with the release of “Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus,” a live recording of Foreigner’s first ever orchestral shows in 2017 in Lucerne, Switzerland. The band launched an orchestral concert series in the U.S. in 2018, also playing orchestral shows in Australia and New Zealand, including an appearance at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

In summer 2018, Foreigner headlined a major Live Nation U.S. tour with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham‘s Led Zeppelin Evening as support.

“Juke Box Hero, the Musical” launched in August 2018 in Canada, a theater production featuring many of Foreigner’s biggest hits.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2019. Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.

Services Information for IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 – Information about services for Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who died Saturday, Nov. 3 in Indianapolis at age 83: Funeral A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:05 p.m. (ET) Thursday, Nov. 8 at St. Benedict Catholic…

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Family Statement about Passing of IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George

Family Statement about Passing of IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – A statement from the Hulman-George family about IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who died Saturday, Nov. 3 in Indianapolis at age 83:

“Our mother was such a unique, wonderful person. She loved her family, friends, auto racing and animals with equal passion. She was a quiet pioneer in so many ways, from owning a race team in the 1950s and 1960s to overseeing a period of tremendous growth and evolution while chairman of the board at IMS. She was known by millions as the woman who gave the command to start engines for the Indianapolis 500 and other events at the Speedway, but her true legacy will be the generous and kind philanthropy she learned from her parents. That compassion and desire to help people and animals every day are the true hallmarks of her incredible life. We love her deeply and will miss her every day, while ensuring that her spirit and generosity live forever at IMS.”

– Anton H. “Tony” George, Chairman of the Board, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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