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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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Hulman Motorsports Announces Chief Marketing Officer Transition

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 – Following the conclusion of another successful Verizon INDYCAR Series season, Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles announced that C.J. O’Donnell, chief marketing officer of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has decided to leave Hulman Motorsports at the end of the calendar year. “We’ve made noteworthy strides…

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Register Now for “An Evening with Donald Davidson” at IMS Museum, Sept. 26

Register Now for “An Evening with Donald Davidson” at IMS Museum, Sept. 26 Guests Will Enjoy Two Hours of Stories, Q&A with Beloved Historian INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson will be the honored guest for the IMS Museum’s next “Distinguish Speaker Series” event, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26…

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Florida Georgia Line To Power Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard: Race Namesake, Festival Headliner + Grand Marshal

Florida Georgia Line To Power Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard: Race Namesake, Festival Headliner + Grand Marshal Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta To Wave Green Flag INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 – Global superstars Florida Georgia Line were already slated to have a huge presence as race namesake and festival headliners…

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Google Street View Project Offers 360 View of Indy 500 Race Day

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release   Google Street View Project Offers 360 View of Indy 500 Race Day INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 – An exciting collaboration between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Google Street View team allows fans around the globe to experience the sights and thrills of Indianapolis 500 Race Day in a…

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Country’s ‘It’ Girl Carly Pearce To Sing National Anthem before Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 – Breakthrough singer-songwriter Carly Pearce will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a second consecutive year, performing the national anthem before the start of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, Sept. 9. “Standing on the podium last year, I couldn’t…

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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 www.ims.com/bc39 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.

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