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IMS Museum Thanks 2016 Indy 500-Winning Car Owner for Loan; Looks to Future Opportunities Pending Aug. 25 Mecum Auction

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2018 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum thanks the current owner and looks to a future relationship with the winner of one of the most anticipated auto auctions of the year: the sale of the 100thIndianapolis 500-Mile Race-winning Dallara IndyCar. Mecum Auctions is scheduled to sell the No. 98 NAPA-sponsored Indy car…

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USA TODAY Readers Name Indianapolis 500 as World’s Best Motorsports Race in Poll

[TSO Patrick NOTE: I am of course biased…but…well…DUH…as if it were even close!!! 🙂 ] INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 – The readers of America’s most widely circulated newspaper have spoken: The Indianapolis 500 is the greatest auto race in the world. The Indianapolis 500 was named the Best Motorsports Race in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’…

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IMS To Build Dirt Track, Host Lucrative USAC Midget Event during Brickyard Race Week

IMS To Build Dirt Track, Host Lucrative USAC Midget Event during Brickyard Race Week

Driven2SaveLives BC39 Scheduled for Sept. 5-6 at The Dirt Track at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its luster as the Racing Capital of the World with the construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval, hosting a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race week in early September.

Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night spectacular event, the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will include a unique format ending with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner’s purse – the largest in Midget racing.

Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country have expressed interest in the event, with a large and diverse field – including NASCAR Cup Series drivers – expected to compete.

“This is an exciting new chapter of the longtime relationship between USAC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and reinforces the connection between short-track racing and this facility,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Speedway truly is The Greatest Race Course in the World, and adding a dirt track will create even more opportunities for fans to enjoy the magic of IMS. We can’t wait to see some of the best drivers and teams in America compete here during Brickyard race week.”

Construction of The Dirt Track at IMS, located inside Turn 3 of the oval, started last week with the first loads of Indiana clay arriving for grading. Concrete walls and safety fencing will be constructed during the summer, and portable lights will illuminate the track.

Reece O’Connor of Kokomo (Indiana) Speedway is overseeing the track design and layout and supervising the construction. Allegiant International, a multinational advisory and consultancy firm based in Indianapolis, is facilitating the project.

The United States Auto Club and IMS were synonymous for many years after the sanctioning body was formed in 1956 by IMS owner Tony Hulman. USAC was the sanctioning body for the Indianapolis 500 from 1956 through 1997.

“Over the years, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played such a critical part not only in the formation but also the successful growth of the United States Auto Club,” USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. “Our roots originated at IMS, and our passion continues to reside here. To have USAC return to hosting a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a historic and exciting new chapter for our Midget series. We are beyond thrilled for both our competitors and fans to add this race to our 2018 calendar.”

Ticket prices will range from $35-50 and go on sale in mid-July. Camping also will be available. Visit for more information about this event and to learn when tickets become available.

Indiana Donor Network, which oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation across the state, launched Driven2SaveLives in April 2016 with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Stefan Wilson to promote donation and transplantation awareness around the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. At the time, the campaign honored Stefan’s late brother, IndyCar race winner Justin Wilson, who died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash and saved five lives as an organ donor.

Three-time USAC Midget and two-time USAC Sprint Car national champion Clauson, a versatile and beloved driver, died in August 2016 following a race accident. As a registered donor, he went on to save five lives as an organ donor and continues to heal the lives of countless others as a tissue donor. In January 2017, Indiana Donor Network partnered with Clauson-Marshall Racing and expanded Driven2SaveLives into dirt track racing in honor of Clauson.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer
Indianapolis, Indiana – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is proud to announce its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, which offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at

“We’re so pleased to be part of the Blue Star Museum program and look forward to hosting service members and their families in our museum this summer,” said Jennifer Hiatt, director of philanthropy and membership at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. “Motor racing is very much a part of American heritage and family culture, and we welcome the opportunity to share this with our dedicated military personnel and their families.”

Said NEA Chairman Jane Chu: “Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community-whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip. We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers and children’s museums. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer by emailing
“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
About Blue Star Museums 
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018, through Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018.
The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Conventions common access card (CAC),  DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily,#bluestarmuseums.

Longtime IMS, INDYCAR Medical Director Bock Dies at 81

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Henry Bock, a pioneer in motorsports safety and medical treatment, died May 26 in Indianapolis. He was 81. Bock, an emergency medicine specialist at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, served…

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Power Earns $2.52 Million for Winning 102nd Indianapolis 500

Power Earns $2.52 Million for Winning 102nd Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 28, 2018 – Will Power earned $2,525,454 from an overall purse of $13,078,065 for his victory Sunday in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Power, from Toowoomba, Australia, became the first Australian winner of the Indianapolis 500, capturing his first victory in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. He beat pole sitter Ed Carpenter to the finish by 3.1589 seconds to score the record-extending 17th Indianapolis 500 victory for Team Penske.

Power took the lead for good on Lap 196 of the 200-lap race. He led four times for 59 laps.

Carpenter, from Indianapolis, earned $911,504 for his career-best “500” finish in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. He led a race-high 65 laps, also a best among his 15 career starts.

2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon earned $587,129 for finishing third in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. It was his 11th career top-10 finish in 16 “500” starts.

2016 winner Alexander Rossi drove from the 32nd starting spot in his No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda to finish fourth, earning $454,804.

Rounding out the top five was 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 DHL Honda, who earned $419,804.

Robert Wickens earned $424,979 for his ninth-place finish in the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda, including $50,000 for being named Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Wickens, who led two laps, was the highest-finishing rookie among the four drivers making their first Indianapolis 500 starts this year.

The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. Purse awards were announced and presented at the Victory Celebration on Monday, May 28 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

Musician Nick Cannon Amplifies Indy 500 Star Power with Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Musician, actor, producer, host and entrepreneur Nick Cannon will take a high-speed thrill ride with racing legend Mario Andretti in Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports to kick off the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27. A presence in the entertainment industry from a young age,…

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Fans Encouraged To Plan Ahead, Arrive Early, Hydrate for 102nd Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 25, 2018 – There are three important facts to remember for every fan attending the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – plan ahead, arrive early and hydrate. One of the largest crowds in decades is expected for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the largest…

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Dynamic 103rd Indy 500 Logo Is Debut of New System To Create Consistent Branding

Dynamic 103rd Indy 500 Logo Is Debut of New System To Create Consistent Branding INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 25, 2018 – The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” as part of a new system. The hallmark of the new logo…

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REVISED: Tomorrow at the Track: Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 25

Note: This version updates parking information. Please disregard prior version. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 24, 2018 – Information about Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. SCHEDULE (All times local): 7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open 8 a.m.: Public Gates Open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: IMS Midway Open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic…

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