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Big Field Full of Stars Ready To Race for BC39 Victory This Week at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022) – A field of 89 drivers – one of the largest in USAC National Midget Series history – is set to compete Wednesday, Aug. 3 and Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech at The Dirt Track at IMS.

This is the second-largest field ever for the event on the quarter-mile dirt oval located inside Turn 3 of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, topped only by the record 110 entries for the inaugural event in 2018.

But there’s more to this prestigious event than car count. The star power is very, very bright.

Headlining the drivers who will compete are a pair of BC39 winners, including 2021 winner and reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson and four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon, who won the inaugural in 2018.

The entry list also consists of three of the seven USAC Triple Crown champions to have won the Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget titles in their careers – J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr. and Chris Windom.

Other USAC national champions are sprinkled throughout the field, including defending USAC National Midget champion Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana, Logan Seavey and Russ Gamester of Peru, Indiana.

The field also includes a handful of stars making a rare start in a midget, including Brickyard 400 and Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman of South Bend, Indiana, and NASCAR Cup Series drivers Chase Briscoe of Mitchell, Indiana and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Three notable drivers will make their BC39 debuts this week: 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz, four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Zach Veach and 2020 NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed.

Seven women also are entered, trying to become the first woman to win a USAC National Midget feature: Shannon McQueen, Michelle Decker, Taylor Reimer, Maria Cofer, Kaylee Bryson, Mariah Ede and Jade Avedisian.

Three countries (United States, Australia and New Zealand) are represented, along with 18 states (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin).

Public gates open at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, with hot lap sessions starting at 6 p.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. Heat races and the exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action. 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will turn exhibition laps in the Driven2SaveLives Clauson Marshall Racing midget between the heat laps and the Stoops Pursuit.

Gates open again at 3 p.m. Thursday, with practice at 4 p.m. Qualifying races start at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

This event seeks to honor the memory of USAC champion Bryan Clauson, who died after a racing accident in August 2016, by promoting organ donation through the Indiana Donor Network. Clauson saved multiple lives as an organ donor.

Tickets are available at IMS.com.

ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(89 Entries)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08s RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08x TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6K KYLE KEATON/Wheelersburg, OH (Kyle Keaton)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

7 SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7D MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)

8x JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

11T ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (Team Taylor)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Shophouse Racing)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 ZACH VEACH/Stockdale, OH (Team Ripper)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Karter Sarff Racing)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Brisbane, QLD (Barrie Valentino)

25 BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Tom Malloy)

25 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Petry Motorsports)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

Q32 PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

36c IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

37 JIMI QUIN/Brisbane, QLD (A.J. Felker Racing)

37x TBA (A.J. Felker Racing)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Boden Racing)

55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 GREYSON SPRINGER/Lafayette, IN (Gray Racing)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries)

87 JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

88 SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Scott Orr)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

89x CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

Decisive Victories Saturday at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 30, 2022) – Alexander Rossi and AJ Allmendinger both drove to victory Saturday in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series races, respectively, during Brickyard Weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rossi won the Gallagher Grand Prix to snap a 49-race winless streak, earning his first victory since capturing the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race June 23, 2019 at Road America, 1,133 days ago. This was Rossi’s eighth career victory.

“It’s a relief, man,” Rossi said. “It’s been so many things for so long. Thankfully something came our way.”

Andretti Autosport driver Rossi crossed the finish line in his No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda 3.5441 seconds ahead of rookie Christian Lundgaard, who earned a career-best second place in the No. 30 Shield Cleansers Honda.

Will Power finished third in the 85-lap race in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and took the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship lead with just four races remaining. Power holds a nine-point lead over Marcus Ericsson, who rallied from starting last in the 25-car field to finish 11th in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Rossi, who started second, took the lead for good on Lap 42 when leader and teammate Colton Herta lost drive after navigating Turn 8 on the 11-turn, 2.439-mile road course in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda.

Allmendinger earned his second consecutive victory at IMS by winning the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard in the No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet. He also won the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard NASCAR Cup Series race last August at IMS.

“God, I love Indy,” Allmendinger said. “At this point, points don’t mean a damn thing. We’re kissing the bricks.”

2013 Indianapolis 500 starter Allmendinger beat Alex Bowman’s No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet to the finish line by 2.084 seconds on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. Justin Allgaier, who won the Xfinity Series race in 2018 at IMS, finished third in the No. 7 BRANDT/Precision Build Chevrolet.

Allmendinger rallied from a slow pit stop on Lap 16 of the 62-lap race that dropped him from the lead to 14th place. He took the lead for good on Lap 45.

NASCAR Cup Series drivers were on track today for the first time this weekend, with Tyler Reddick earning the pole position for the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on Sunday. Reddick turned a top lap of 1 minute, 28.354 seconds in the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet.

“It ended up being a good enough lap,” Reddick said. “This whole group did a really good job of preparing the last couple of weeks for this race.”

2022 Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric will join Reddick in the front row for the 82-lap race Sunday after qualifying second at 1:28.606 in the No. 2 Discount Tire Ford.

The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard starts at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, with live coverage on NBC. Tickets are available at IMS.com.

Tomorrow at the Track: Sunday, July 31

Sunday, July 31

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 30, 2022) – Information about Verizon 200 at the Brickyard track activity Sunday, July 31 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local):

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

2:30 p.m.: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (NASCAR Cup Series)

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $40 for Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. Flex stand (H Stand Sections 1-6, Southwest Vista Sections 1-10, Northwest Vista Sections 16-20 and Tower Terrace Sections 75-79) tickets are $55. Reserved seats range from $60 to $175. Children 15 and under are admitted free in General Admission and Flex Stand areas with paying adult.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (11 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 6S, Gate 6N, Gate 7S, Gate 7, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A.

PARKING: Free parking is accessible through Gate 10 in Lot 7 (North 40). Free ADA parking is available in Lot 7 (North 40). Paid parking is $20 in Main Gate, Lot 3, Lot 1B and Lot 2. Additional paid parking is $75 in Gate 1 Lot (Parcel B). Pre-paid parking is $20 in Lot 8 and $25 in Infield Turn 3. Pre-paid ADA parking is available in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Lot, and pre-paid motorcycle parking is available in the South Carousel Lot.

CASHLESS OPERATIONS: All IMS concession stands and merchandise locations are cashless this year. Tap-to-pay phone payments will be accepted, as will credit and debit transactions. Cash-to-Card machines, which convert paper money onto a temporary debit card, will be located throughout the facility. These funds can be spent inside the venue, outside the venue, online or anywhere in the world where Mastercard/Visa debit cards are accepted. Parking and gate locations will accept cash.

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MUSEUM HOURS (11 a.m.-5 p.m.): The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, located inside Gate 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for guests over the age of 62 and $8 for guests ages 6-15. Children 5 and under and Museum members are free. For fans attending the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, free Museum shuttles will run during IMS gate hours between the Museum and the corner of 6th Street and Hulman Boulevard in the Speedway’s infield. Museum guests must possess an event ticket or credential to the event days and purchase a Museum admission ticket at the Museum to visit. Visitors should park in open IMS parking lots and use the 6th Street and Hulman Boulevard shuttles to access the Museum.

Rosenqvist Wins INDYCAR Pole, Allmendinger Takes Xfinity Pole at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 29, 2022) – On-track action at the Brickyard Weekend shifted into high gear Friday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with Felix Rosenqvist and AJ Allmendinger winning the pole positions for their respective races.

Rosenqvist sped to the NTT P1 Award for the Gallagher Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES race with a top lap of 1 minute, 10.2265 seconds in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Allmendinger won the pole for the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race with a best lap of 1:29.748 in the No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet.

All three series competing this weekend on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will be in action Saturday. The 85-lap Gallagher Grand Prix at noon ET and the 62-lap Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard starts at 3:30 p.m. NBC will broadcast both races live.

The NASCAR Cup Series also will make its weekend debut with practice at 9:35 a.m. and qualifying at 10:35 a.m. The 82-lap Verizon 200 at the Brickyard for the Cup Series starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with live coverage on NBC.

Rosenqvist earned his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole of the season. His previous 2022 pole came at Texas Motor Speedway. This was Rosenqvist’s third career pole, as his first came in 2019 on the IMS road course.

“I felt so calm in the car,” Rosenqvist said. “I think I knew when I did that lap that it was the one. Big, big thanks to the team. Really good car.”

The gap between Rosenqvist’s lap and the best lap of No. 2 qualifier Alexander Rossi was .2765 of a second, the second-largest margin this season on a road or street course. Only Colton Herta’s pole-winning margin of .4455 of a second at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was bigger.

Rossi will join Rosenqvist on the front row after qualifying second at 1:10.5030 in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda. It was Rossi’s best career qualifying position on the IMS road course.

Allmendinger, who also will defend his 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard victory Sunday, grabbed his third Xfinity Series pole this season. 2013 Indianapolis 500 veteran Allmendinger also won the pole for this race last year, when he finished second to Austin Cindric.

“This is what I dreamed of with racing,” Allmendinger said. “What we got to experience last year with Kaulig Racing can never be taken away from us. We know this is a new year and we’ve got to go out there and do it again, but I just love this place.

“We’re going to go try to get something tomorrow.”

Rookie Ty Gibbs, grandson of legendary NFL coach and race team owner Joe Gibbs, qualified second at 1:29.842 in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota.

Tickets are available at IMS.com for Saturday and Sunday action.

Tomorrow at the Track: Friday, July 29

Friday, July 29

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, July 28, 2022) – Information about Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard practice and Gallagher Grand Prix practice track activity Friday, July 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local):

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Public gates open

9:30-11 a.m.: Gallagher Grand Prix (NTT INDYCAR SERIES) Practice 1

1-2:15 p.m.: Gallagher Grand Prix (NTT INDYCAR SERIES) Qualifying

3:05-3:35 p.m.: Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard (NASCAR Xfinity Series) Practice 1

3:30-4:30 p.m.: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Autograph Session

3:35-4:30 p.m.: Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard (NASCAR Xfinity Series) Qualifications

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $20 for Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard practice/qualifying and Gallagher Grand Prix practice/qualifying. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 4, Gate 6S, Gate 7S, Gate 7, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A.

PARKING: Free parking is accessible through Gate 10 in Lot 7 (North 40) and Turn 3. Free ADA parking is available in Lot 7 (North 40), Gate 2 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Lot. Free motorcycle parking is located in Gate 2 and the South Carousel Lot. Paid parking is $10 in Lot 3G, and pre-paid parking is available in Lot 2.

CASHLESS OPERATIONS: All IMS concession stands and merchandise locations are cashless this year. Tap-to-pay phone payments will be accepted, as will credit and debit transactions. Cash-to-Card machines, which convert paper money onto a temporary debit card, will be located throughout the facility. These funds can be spent inside the venue, outside the venue, online or anywhere in the world where Mastercard/Visa debit cards are accepted. Parking and gate locations will accept cash.

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MUSEUM HOURS (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.): The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, located inside Gate 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for guests over the age of 62 and $8 for guests ages 6-15. Children 5 and under and Museum members are free. For fans attending Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard practice/qualifying and Gallagher Grand Prix practice/qualifying, free Museum shuttles will run during IMS gate hours between the Museum and the corner of 6th Street and Hulman Boulevard in the Speedway’s infield. Museum guests must possess an event ticket or credential to the event days and purchase a Museum admission ticket at the Museum to visit. Visitors should park in open IMS parking lots and use the 6th Street and Hulman Boulevard shuttles to access the Museum.

Cornelison To Sing National Anthem at IMS for First Time at Brickyard Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, July 19, 2022) – Jim Cornelison, best known for singing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” before the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and performing the national anthem for Chicago Blackhawks’ and Chicago Bears’ games, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Gallagher Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES race Saturday, July 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For six consecutive years, Cornelison has stirred Hoosier hearts with his moving rendition of “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” as part of the pre-race ceremony for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Now, for the first time, he will lend his voice for the national anthem to kick-start the first race of the historic, tripleheader Brickyard Weekend when the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series take on the thrilling 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course during a race weekend steeped in IMS heritage.

“The national anthem is an integral, historic part of our pre-race pageantry and tradition,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “As we welcome the NTT INDYCAR SERIES back to IMS for another race on the road course, it’s fitting that Jim, who plays such a pivotal role in one of our Indianapolis 500 pre-race traditions, is also back at the Racing Capital of the World performing for our fans at the track and those watching on NBC.”

Since beginning his professional singing career in 1993, Cornelison made his name through performances at opera houses around the world and national anthem performances for professional sports teams in Chicago, including the Bears, Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks. He performed at the nationally televised, historic opening game of the NFL’s 100th Anniversary Season and received further national recognition for his performances at the PGA’s 2012 Ryder Cup, Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR races and the Indianapolis 500.

NBC’s live coverage of the Gallagher Grand Prix starts at noon (ET) Saturday, July 30.

Visit ims.com to purchase tickets for Brickyard Weekend, which includes the Gallagher Grand Prix and Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard (NASCAR Xfinity Series) on Saturday, July 30 and the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (NASCAR Cup Series) on Sunday, July 31.

Indianapolis 500 Veteran Rasmussen Dies at 85

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, June 6, 2022) – Eldon Rasmussen, a Canadian driver who made three starts in the Indianapolis 500, died June 5. He was 85.

Rasmussen, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, competed in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1975, 1977 and 1979.

His best start was 32nd in 1975 and 1977, with a best finish of 13th in 1977 in the No. 58 Rent-a-Racer, Inc. entry that featured a “Ras-car” chassis he built with his considerable fabrication skills.

In the 1975 race, Rasmussen was involved in one of the most dramatic accidents in Indianapolis 500 history. Tom Sneva was trying to lap Rasmussen and ran over his left front wheel, launching Sneva’s car into the Turn 2 wall. The car exploded and disintegrated upon impact, but Sneva miraculously escaped serious injury.

Rasmussen started racing on dirt tracks in Southern Alberta, including making more than 600 starts in the touring CAMRA series. He made more than 50 USAC Sprint Car starts before climbing to the USAC National Championship throughout the 1970s, with three top-10 finishes in 23 career starts. His finished a career-best seventh in a 100-mile heat race in 1975 at Ontario Motor Speedway, and he finished ninth in the 500-mile feature that weekend.

He retired as a driver in 1979 after suffering an injury in a crash at Pocono Raceway and then returned his focus to his in-demand work as a race car engineer, designer, builder and fabricator in the Indianapolis area.

Rasmussen designed and built some of the first wings for Indianapolis 500 cars and created innovative rear wings for NHRA Top Fuel dragsters. He also built machines for varied racing disciplines, including ice racing, motorcycle sidecar racing and karting.

Rasmussen was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2001.

Today at the Track: Sunday, May 29

Sunday, May 29  

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 28, 2022) – Information about Race Day for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

SCHEDULE (All times local):

5 a.m.-1 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open

6 a.m.: Public Gates Open

7 a.m.: Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light Gates Open

8:15 a.m.: Snake Pit – Yellow Claw Begins

8:45 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Begins

8:55 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Reaches Checkpoint 1 – South Pit Gate

9 a.m.: DJ Slater Begins on Pagoda 3 Stage

9:05 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Reaches Checkpoint 2 – Pagoda Plaza

9:10 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Reaches Checkpoint 3 – IMS Midway

9:15 a.m.: Snake Pit – Steve Aoki Begins

9:38 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy Marches Reaches Checkpoint 4 – Band Gate

9:50 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Departs from Band Gate

10:10 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Arrives at Yard of Bricks

10:22 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy Dedication – Fred Lissalde and J. Douglas Boles

10:25 a.m.: “On the Banks of the Wabash” (Purdue University Band)

10:30 a.m.: Cars to the Grid

Snake Pit – Deadmau5 begins

10:31 a.m.: Green Flag Delivery in Turn 1 by IU Health Helicopter

10:37 a.m.: Green Flag & Past Winners’ Lap Departs Turn 1

10:51 a.m.: Historic Race Cars Laps

10:55 a.m.: All Cars on the Grid

11:25 a.m.: Military Appreciation Lap from Turn 4

11:47 a.m.: Pace Car Driver Introduction

11:47 a.m.: Indianapolis 500 Driver Introductions

12:03 p.m.: Red Bull “Keys to the Track” Stunt Team Begins – Turn 2/Turn 4

12:06 p.m.: Military March Begins

12:12 p.m.: “God Bless America” – Victory Podium

12:14 p.m.: Military Address – Gen. Daniel Hokanson (U.S. Army) from Victory Podium

12:18 p.m.: Presentation of Colors

12:18 p.m.: Invocation by Archdiocese of Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson – Trackside Stage

12:19 p.m.: Rifle Volley – Victory Podium

12:20 p.m.: “Taps” Begins – Flag Stand

12:21 p.m.: “America the Beautiful” Begins – Girl Named Tom

12:24 p.m.: National Anthem Begins – Jordan Fisher

12:26 p.m.: First Flyover, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

12:29 p.m.: “Drivers to Your Cars” – Grand Marshal Blake Shelton

12:36 p.m.: “Back Home Again in Indiana” – Jim Cornelison

12:37 p.m.: Second Flyover, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

12:38 p.m.: Command Introduction

12:38 p.m.: “Start Your Engines” Command – Roger Penske from Victory Podium

12:45 p.m.: Green Flag – 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge (200 Laps)

12:50 p.m.: Snake Pit – Martin Garrix Begins

2:35 p.m.: Snake Pit – Galantis Begins

TICKETS: Reserved seats available at various prices from $60-$135. $50 for (General Admission only, no grandstand access and no Snake Pit entry). Kids 15 and under are free when accompanied by a General Admission adult ticketholder. All Snake Pit attendees must also hold a valid Indianapolis 500 Race Day ticket. The Snake Pit is part of the Indianapolis 500 Race Day activities. Fans will not be admitted to the track with just the Snake Pit wristband.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (6 a.m.): Gate 1, Gate 1B.1, Gate 1C, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 5N, Gate 5B, Gate 6N, Gate 6S, Gate 6B, Gate 7, Gate 7S, Gate 7N, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A, Gate 11B, Gate 11C and Gate 12.

PARKING LOTS OPEN (5 a.m.): Parking for the Indianapolis 500 is sold out, including ADA and motorcycle parking. All IMS exterior parking lots open at 5 a.m. on Race Morning, while interior lots open at 6 a.m. Bicycle parking is located outside Gate 1, Gate 6 and Gate 9.

CASHLESS OPERATIONS: All IMS concession stands and merchandise locations are cashless this year. Tap-to-pay phone payments will be accepted, as will credit and debit transactions. Cash-to-Card machines, which convert paper money onto a temporary debit card, will be located throughout the facility. These funds can be spent inside the venue, outside the venue, online or anywhere in the world where Mastercard/Visa debit cards are accepted. Gate locations will accept cash.

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MUSEUM HOURS (6 a.m.-4 p.m.): Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, located inside Gate 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be open from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for guests over the age of 62 and $8 for guests ages 6-15. Children 5 and under and Museum members are free.

Tomorrow at the Track: Saturday, May 28

Saturday, May 28

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 27, 2022) – Information about Legends Day presented by Firestone track activity Saturday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local):

8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Public gates open

9-10 a.m.: Full-Field Autograph Session

10:30 a.m.: Public Drivers’ Meeting, Tower Terrace

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Veteran Driver Autograph Session A

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Veteran Driver Autograph Session B

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $10 for Legends Day Presented by Firestone. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.-1 p.m.): Gate 2, Gate 4, Gate 6S, Gate 7S, Gate 7, Gate 10, Gate 10A.

PARKING: Free parking for Legends Day presented by Firestone is located inside at 5th and Hulman, in the South Carousel Lot for motorcycle parking and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Lot for ADA parking.

CASHLESS OPERATIONS: All IMS concession stands and merchandise locations are cashless this year. Tap-to-pay phone payments will be accepted, as will credit and debit transactions. Cash-to-Card machines, which convert paper money onto a temporary debit card, will be located throughout the facility. These funds can be spent inside the venue, outside the venue, online or anywhere in the world where Mastercard/Visa debit cards are accepted. Parking and gate locations will accept cash.

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MUSEUM HOURS (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for guests over the age of 62 and $8 for guests ages 6-15. Free Museum shuttles will run during IMS gate hours between the Museum and the corner of 6th Street and Hulman Boulevard in the Speedway’s infield. Museum visitors must possess an event ticket or credential to enter the Museum. Museum guests must possess an event ticket or credential to Legends Day presented by Firestone and purchase a Museum admission ticket at the Museum to visit. Visitors should park in open IMS parking lots and use the 6th Street and Hulman Boulevard shuttles to access the Museum.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

Staring Field Autograph Sessions: Fans participate in the full-field autograph session with the drivers of the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbrige. B-roll and photography only; no driver interviews

When: 9 a.m.

Where: Pagoda Plaza

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Public Drivers’ Meeting: The starting field receives final instructions for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Open to the public.

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Tower Terrace

Country Music Superstar Blake Shelton Named Grand Marshal of Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 26, 2022) – Blake Shelton, country music superstar and coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” will serve as grand marshal of the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As grand marshal, Shelton will give the traditional command for drivers to report to their cars during the official pre-race ceremonies and walk the Indy 500 red carpet.

“Blake is a country music powerhouse and good friend of motorsports fans everywhere,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “For both spectators at the track and everyone watching on NBC, his winning energy will be a perfect fit for the intensity of ‘The Greatest Spectacle of Racing.’”

Shelton is visiting the Racing Capital of the World as a guest of NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Jimmie Johnson. The two icons collaborated on the design Johnson will use on his helmet on Race Day.

Shelton continues to add to his superstar status with the deluxe version of his new album “Body Language,” out now. The album features his Platinum-selling 28th country radio chart-topper, “Happy Anywhere” (featuring Gwen Stefani). Prior to “Happy Anywhere,” Shelton and Stefani celebrated a 2x Platinum, multi-week No. 1 with “Nobody But You,” which has now reached 475 million global streams. The single made its TV debut on the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, where Shelton was also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for his hit “God’s Country.” The 4x Platinum smash earned the 2019 CMA Award and 2020 ACM Award for Single of the Year.

As his award wins approach the hundreds, Shelton remains a force in the industry with ACM (five), AMA (three), CMA (10), CMT (11) and People’s Choice Awards (seven), among many others.

As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show “The Voice,” Shelton is an eight-time champion, most recently with his contestant Cam Anthony. He and Carson Daly recently revealed that they will team up to executive produce and star in a new celebrity game show, “Barmageddon,” to air on USA Network.

Grand Ole Opry member Shelton also remains focused on his Ole Red partnership with Ryman Hospitality, with locations currently in Tishomingo, Oklahoma; Nashville, Tennessee; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida. A noted humanitarian, Shelton has helped raise millions of dollars for children’s hospitals, disaster relief organizations, food banks and more in his home state of Oklahoma and throughout the entire country.

Shelton also is performing a concert Sunday, July 24 at Iowa Speedway after the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race to conclude the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend.

Follow Shelton @BlakeShelton and visit www.BlakeShelton.com for more information.

NBC’s live coverage of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge starts at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 29.

Visit ims.com to purchase tickets for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29 and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule at IMS.

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