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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

IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George Dies at 83

IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George Dies at 83

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who touched the lives of millions through her deep passion for auto racing, stewardship of the Racing Capital of the World and decades of compassionate philanthropy, died Nov. 3 in Indianapolis with her family by her side. She was 83.

Mari served as IMS chairman from 1988-2016, but motorsports and the world-renowned racetrack were among the cornerstones of her life since her father, Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr., purchased the facility in November 1945 and saved it from almost certain demolition after World War II. She was a pioneer as co-owner of a team that raced at the highest levels of Midwestern auto racing, in the 1950s and 1960s, a rarity for a woman at the time.

She also touched the lives of countless Hoosiers through tireless, generous philanthropic efforts for her entire adult life, with special focus on the arts, health care and, in particular, animal care.

Mary Antonia Hulman was born Dec. 26, 1934 in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of prominent business magnate Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. and Mary Fendrich Hulman. “Mari” attended primary and secondary school at St. Benedict in Terre Haute and the Ladywood School in Indianapolis, and attended Purdue University.

When her father bought IMS in November 1945, Mari was immersed into the world of auto racing, becoming friends with many drivers during her teenage and early-adult years. That loyalty and passion for the sport and its competitors and teams remained steadfast for the rest of her life.

Before her 21st birthday, Mari joined with longtime family friend Roger Wolcott to form the HOW racing team, which fielded American Automobile Association (AAA) and United States Auto Club (USAC) Sprint and National Championship cars for several drivers, including Jerry Hoyt, Eddie Sachs, Tony Bettenhausen, Roger McCluskey and Elmer George, whom she married in April 1957.

The team was successful. George won the Midwest Sprint Car title in 1957 and finished third in 1956 and 1958. Sachs was runner-up in the rankings in 1954. George ended up 10th in the National Championship standings in 1957, with a victory in a 100-mile race at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York.

Mari also fielded an entry in the Indianapolis 500 in 1962 and 1963, with her husband as the driver. Elmer George finished a career-best 17th in 1962, receiving relief help from Paul Russo and A.J. Foyt.

Mari savored the friendships she established with drivers, team owners, mechanics and officials during her young adult years, maintaining those bonds for her entire life. She was especially close to legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Foyt, whom she met a year before his 1958 Indianapolis 500 debut and is still a cherished family friend.

In a symbol of their enduring friendship, Mari and Foyt placed a commemorative “golden brick” into the famous Yard of Bricks start-finish line in May 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 and the 50th anniversary of Foyt’s first “500” victory, in 1961.

Mari’s loyalty to her extended racing family was displayed for decades in May through two parties she hosted for drivers. The “Racers Party” took place on the opening weekend of the Month of May leading into the Indianapolis 500, and she celebrated friendships with many drivers from her stint as a team owner during the “Friends of the 50s and 60s” event during the week between qualifying and the race in May.

She welcomed all drivers who participated in the “500” – including some who didn’t qualify for the race – to the parties, setting a standard for providing red-carpet treatment to all past and present Indianapolis 500 competitors when they came to the track in May, regardless of their stature with the public. She sometimes even cooked meals for drivers in May during her younger years.

Mari also was a constant fixture at the track with her family during racing events at IMS, especially in the Month of May. She visited with drivers and team officials in Gasoline Alley and on pit lane and shared in many magic moments. The photo of her embracing Willy T. Ribbs on pit lane after he became the first African-American to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, in 1991, was especially poignant and cherished by many.

Racing fans worldwide also knew her as the individual who gave the famous command to start engines for the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 for more than 15 years from the late 1990s until 2015.

She also became close friends with many of the celebrities who visited the track each May, especially beloved Memorial Day weekend fixtures Jim Nabors and Florence Henderson.

The Speedway also served as a platform for some of Mari’s tireless philanthropic efforts. She hosted the “Save Arnold” Barbecue to benefit Indiana Special Olympics every May for nearly 25 years, from 1981 through the mid-2000s. The fun event united drivers, racing personalities and media with Indiana Special OIympic athletes in sports demonstrations and other activities. The “Save Arnold” Barbecue raised more than $1 million for Indiana Special Olympics.

Mari also created a program through which thousands of Indiana school children visited the Speedway each May on complimentary field trips to learn about the connections between education and motorsports. Those field trips continue to this day.

IMS prospered and evolved into a new era during Mari’s tenure as chairman of the board, from 1988-2016.

During that span, the Indianapolis 500 grew to unprecedented worldwide popularity. The facility also expanded its annual schedule beyond the Month of May to include the Brickyard 400 for the NASCAR Cup Series, the United States Grand Prix for the FIA Formula One World Championship and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP for the FIM MotoGP World Championship.

That evolution required significant capital improvements to the facility, such as the construction of the new Pagoda control tower, an infield road course that included parts of the famous 2.5-mile oval, new pit-side garages and various safety improvements.

IMS and INDYCAR also led the development of one of the greatest safety innovations in motorsports history – the energy-absorbing SAFER Barrier – during Mari’s tenure as chairman. That barrier system was first installed in 2002 at IMS and soon adopted at nearly every major oval track in North America and many road courses worldwide.

These contributions to IMS and motorsports – along with her charitable work for the racing community – led to Mari being inducted into the IMS Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mari’s commitment to racing was equaled by her generosity for supporting local, regional and national causes.

She was devoted to the arts and education and served for years as a trustee at the Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology in Terre Haute, which was founded in 1874 with significant assistance from the Hulman family. She received an honorary doctorate degree from Rose-Hulman in 1998 and from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, also located in Terre Haute.

The Hulman-George family also made large contributions to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana State University, Purdue University, Indiana University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, among other art and educational institutions.

Mari also was a leading charitable force to benefit animal care, especially for horses and greyhounds, two of her greatest passions.

Her dedication to learning and horses led to the endowment and establishment in 1989 of the equine science program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, named the Mari Hulman George School of Equine Studies. The school also conducts the Mari Hulman George Thoroughbred Adoption to provide proper care for horses.

She also raised, bred and rode horses at the family’s farm, Circle S Ranch near Terre Haute, the family ranch in Wyoming and at stables in Florida. Her quarterhorses and thoroughbreds competed in numerous events. The Mari Hulman George Stakes remain a prestigious annual stakes race at Indiana Downs, in tribute to her dedication to horses and racing.

In 2001, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security renamed its search-and-rescue training area at Camp Atterbury the Mari Hulman George Search and Rescue Training Center, recognizing Mari’s contribution to the care of animals displaced and affected by disasters.

She worked tirelessly to promote adoption of retired racing greyhounds, leading by example by taking in many of the dogs at her farm. She also housed stray dogs at an extensive kennel at the family’s farm.

Besides serving as chairman of the board for Hulman & Company, IMS and the IMS Foundation, Mari also was a longtime board member of First Financial Bank, a publicly traded company headquartered in Terre Haute.

Mari is survived by three daughters, Nancy George, Josie George and Kathi George-Conforti; a son, Anton H. “Tony” George; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Coffey; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and her longtime companion, Guy Trollinger. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer, and a stepson, Joseph George.

Funeral arrangements are pending and have been entrusted to Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Cornelison To Return to IMS in 2019

Cornelison To Return to IMS in 2019 Famed Blackhawks Performer To Sing at Indianapolis 500, Other Events INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 – Fan favorite Jim Cornelison will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2019, singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and performing at other events as part of…

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2018 IndyCar Series Rookie Standout Zach Veach Is Featured Speaker at Oct. 28 “Fuel Up Fridays” for IMS Museum Members

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 – 2018 IndyCar Series rookie Zach Veach will be the featured guest on Oct. 26 for “Fuel Up Fridays,” 8-9 a.m. (ET) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. “Fuel Up Fridays” is an IMS Museum members-only opportunity to get to know IMS and IndyCar Series personalities in an intimate setting,…

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Announces “Shop Tour Series” For Members; First Stop: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Thursday, Nov. 1

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, October 5, 2018 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is proud to announce its “Shop Tour Series,” where current and future IMS Museum members get a behind-the-scenes look at locally-based IndyCar Series team shops.
The inaugural “Shop Tour Series” event will be a trip through the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports race shop on Thursday, Nov. 1. More shop tours, scheduled for 2019, will be announced in the near future.
Co-owned by former IndyCar Series driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman and former driver Ric Peterson, the team fields Dallara/Honda/Firestone entries including the No. 5 Arrow-sponsored car for James Hinchcliffe, the No. 6 Lucas Oil entry for Robert Wickens, and also the No. 60 AutoNation entry for Jack Harvey, in conjunction with Meyer Shank Racing.
Two tours will take place on November 1: a 10 a.m. (ET) tour exclusively for current IMS Museum members, which costs just $25, and 1:30 p.m. for current and future members. Registration for future members is $95 and includes a one-year Fan Support membership to the Museum.
Members receive a variety of benefits year-round, including discounted entry to “Distinguished Speaker Series” events, the exclusive “Fuel Up Fridays” sessions with notable personalities, and invitations to other exclusive, members-only events.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was founded in 2001 to compete in the IndyCar Series as well as Indy Lights. SPM has earned more than 70 wins and seven championships in Indy Lights, and in IndyCar has scored six wins (Hincliffe and Simon Pagenaud) and two prestigious Indianapolis 500 pole positions (Alex Tagliani, 2011, and Hinchcliffe, 2016).
To purchase tickets for the Schmidt Peterson Shop Tour Series, please contact Kelly Hartman or (317) 492-6568.
The IMS Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March-October, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (ET) daily in November-February. To plan your visit, log onto www.indyracingmuseum.org, or call (317) 492-6784.
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