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Four-Time ‘500’ Winners’ Club Welcomes New Member on Special Day at IMS

The quartet of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners with the Borg-Warner Trophy (Photo Courtesy of Penske Entertainment)

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 21, 2021) — A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears, the first race car drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, have been photographed together many times over the years, including a famous session for the cover of the event’s official program in 2013.

But with each passing year, it seemed those images might stand as a permanent reflection of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s most prestigious club. After all, 29 races were held following Mears’ fourth “500” in 1991, and while a few drivers earned their second win during that time, only Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti notched a third. Franchitti ran his last “500” in 2013, the year after scoring victory No. 3.

With so much parity in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Castroneves turning 46 prior to this year’s race and switching teams – from Team Penske to Meyer Shank Racing – the odds of him winning a fourth didn’t seem as good as they had been in years past. But when Castroneves held off Alex Palou for the victory in the 105th Running on May 30, everyone knew a new gathering of “The Club” needed to take place.

That meeting was held Tuesday in Indianapolis. And yes, plenty of new photographs were taken. IMS photographer Chris Owens said he literally took thousands, more than he’d take on a normal race day.

Castroneves has experienced a wide range of emotions in the two months since wildly celebrating on the front straightaway, but spending the day with Foyt, Unser and Mears made it all the more magical.

“What else can I say, these guys since I’ve been here, they’ve been the standard of Indianapolis,” he said with the legends sitting to his left at an IMS conference table overlooking the track. “I’ve always been looking after those guys. For me, I still can’t believe it. Every time I’m with them it blows my mind. They helped me to set the goals, and I really pushed for it.”

Castroneves struggled to put in words what winning the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge means to him. Saying it put him in “cloud nine” doesn’t do it justice, he said.

“I think 10 or 11, whatever clouds you can put above, I’m still there,” he said.

Castroneves even gathered a winner’s ring from each driver, lining them up on the table to be photographed.

“Mine is the one still shaking,” he said. “It’s too excited.”

Mears, who was Castroneves’ spotter for his first three wins here, seemed to smile with every word the Brazilian spoke, particularly those made out of respect to the legends he has joined.

“I kind of know how he’s feeling because I’ve heard him say a little bit about it,” Mears said. “When I won my fourth, to get up here with two of my heroes, even though the (number of Indy wins) were the same, I was still not in their category. To be with them was incredible, and I’m pretty sure Helio feels the same way.”

Said Unser: “It’s nice to be called a hero.”

Castroneves asked the other drivers what to expect as a four-time winner. As usual, Foyt was the most blunt.

“No different than if you win it once,” he said. “You got your first one; that’s what counts.”

The significance of the gathering of Indy legends can’t be understated. Even in motorsports, where speed is the ultimate pursuit, time waits for no one. Foyt is 86, Unser 82, Mears 69. All three have attended fewer INDYCAR races with each passing year.

Yes, all three were at IMS during the recent Month of May, but Unser left the track with about 10 laps to go to beat the traffic as he caught a flight home to New Mexico.

‘’He knew I was going to win, no matter what,” Castroneves said with a laugh.

While Foyt was on his team’s pit stand at the end of the race, he hadn’t been feeling well, so he didn’t stick around for the celebration. Mears had left his perch in the IMS Pagoda to watch the final dozen or so laps in the quiet of Team Penske’s Gasoline Alley garage, which took him out of the public eye at the finish.

But make no mistake about it: All three were cheering for the popular Castroneves.

“(As a driver) you want to continue winning if you’re going to race, but if you’re not going to race then you cheer for someone like Helio to make it happen,” Unser said. “Hopefully, if he’s your favorite, he does it. If not, goodbye Charlie.”

IMS owner Roger Penske, whose Team Penske organization fielded Indy-winning cars for Mears (four), Castroneves (three) and Unser (one), joined the conversation via video call from his office in Detroit.

“What a great day!” said Penske, whose team has won the race a record 18 times. “I can’t wait to get an autographed picture from each one of you. It will be special in my office.”

Track president Doug Boles noted that 784 drivers have started the “500” and only 20 have won it more than once.

“Some days the racetrack smiles on you, and some days you have it the other way,” Unser said. “You never think you’re going to win because your chances are very slim. There’s 32 other guys who want to win as bad as you do.”

The other aspect of “The Club” is that for a period of time it seemed less exclusive. While it took 61 years for Foyt to become the event’s first four-time member in 1977, Unser matched him 10 years later and Mears did so only four years after that. Then in quick fashion Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser Jr. became two-time winners.

Even Castroneves, who made his IMS debut in 2001, seemed to be on the fast track to membership, winning the race in his first two attempts and then achieving No. 3 in his ninth start, in 2009. But while he came close to a fourth on a couple of occasions – he won the pole for the 2010 race and finished second to Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014 and Takuma Sato in 2017 – victory lane eluded him 11 straight years. He was running out of chances. Hence, the elation after crossing the finish line.

“Forget about the person, the (winning) driver,” Castroneves said. “After the pandemic and to have so many people back (at IMS), making history, giving a first-time win for a team that’s never won, and my personal thing getting my No. 4. When you put all the emotions and scenarios together, it was just a very special event.”

Castroneves asked about a membership fee for the four-time club. He said he hoped at a minimum there would be a card he could carry around.

Said Mears: “The fee will triple if you win five.”

So, could there be a fifth member of the club and if so, whom might it be? Only two active drivers have won the “500” more than once: Juan Pablo Montoya (2000 and 2015) and Takuma Sato (2017 and 2020). But if Castroneves has something to say about it, the bar could soon be a notch higher.

It should be noted that Foyt, Unser and Mears all took shots at a fifth only to come up short. Foyt made 15 attempts after his fourth win, finishing second to Mears in 1979 and scoring five additional top-10 finishes. Unser made five more starts after his fourth, with third-place finishes in 1988 and ’92. Mears took one more shot in 1992, but a mid-race accident spoiled his record-setting bid.

Yes, a fifth “500” win can be achieved, but it won’t be easy. However, if someone scores it, it won’t be difficult to arrange the photograph.

“Records are made to be broken, that’s how you’ve got to look at it,” Foyt said.

“Just remember,” Mears told Castroneves, “if you get five, you’ll be lonely.”

Today at the Track: Sunday, May 30

Sunday, May 30

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 29, 2021) – Information about Race Day for the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 30 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
  • 8:30 a.m.: All Cars in Pit Lane, Team Pit Boxes
  • 9 a.m.: NBCSN On-Air
  • 9:04 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Begins
  • 9:15 a.m.: 500 Festival Princess Lap
  • 9:45 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Departs from Band Gate
  • 9:57 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March Arrives at Yard of Bricks
  • 10:16 a.m.: “On the Banks of the Wabash” – Purdue Band
  • 10:28 a.m.: IU Health Green Flag Delivery – Turn 1
  • 10:30 a.m.: All Cars on Grid
  • 10:37 a.m.: Green Flag & Past Winners’ Lap
  • 10:53 a.m.: Historic Race Cars Laps
  • 11 a.m.: NBC On-Air
  • 11:25 a.m.: Military Appreciation Lap
  • 11:32 a.m.: Red Bull Aces Race Begins
  • 11:49 a.m.: Indianapolis 500 Driver Introductions
  • 12:08 p.m.: Military March
  • 12:12 p.m.: “America the Beautiful” – Victory Podium
  • 12:15 p.m.: Military Address – U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm, Victory Podium
  • 12:18 p.m.: Presentation of Colors – Trackside Stage
  • 12:19 p.m.: Invocation – Archbishop Charles Thompson, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • 12:20 p.m.: Rifle Volley – Victory Podium
  • 12:21 p.m.: “Taps”
  • 12:22 p.m.: “God Bless America” – U.S. Navy veteran and gospel music performer Generald Wilson
  • 12:26 p.m.: National Anthem – Jimmie Allen
  • 12:27 p.m.: First Flyover – U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets from the 187th Fighter Wing
  • 12:29 p.m.: “Drivers, To Your Cars” – Dude Perfect Cast
  • 12:36 p.m.: “Back Home Again in Indiana” – Jim Cornelison
  • 12:37 p.m.: Second Flyover – U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets from the 187th Fighter Wing
  • 12:38 p.m.: Command to Start Engines – IMS Chairman Roger Penske, Victory Podium
  • 12:45 p.m.: Green Flag, 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge (200 Laps). Flag waved by Milo Ventimiglia.

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 7S, Gate 9, Gate 9A, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A, Gate 11B, Gate 11C, Gate 12.

STANDS OPEN: All stands open, reserved seating only. No General Admission and no mounds access.

PARKING LOTS OPEN (5 a.m.): All lots open. Day of sales for Lot 3G (automobiles) while inventory remains. All ADA parking is prepaid and sold out.

TRANSPORTATION: Rideshare drop off/pick up location: 16th Street and Polco Street (Main Gate East). 

IMS MUSEUM HOURS (6 a.m.-4 p.m.): Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for guests over age 62 and $8 for guests ages 6-15. Race fans can walk to the IMS Museum from the Speedway’s infield, and a free shuttle will run between the IMS Museum and tram stops located at 6th & Hulman and Tunnel 10. Pedestrians on the south end of the racetrack can access the IMS Museum via Gate 2. Visitors should park in open IMS lots. IMS Museum visitors must possess an event ticket or credential to enter the Museum. Gate 2 will not be open for parking at the Museum.

106th Indianapolis 500 Logo Captures Iconic Winner’s Wreath in Design

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 28, 2021) – The logo for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge captures one of the most visible and beloved traditions of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” – the winner’s wreath.

The 106th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2022.

Bold burgundy and gold colors highlight the design that features the wreath presented to every Indianapolis 500 winner in Victory Circle since 1960, when Jim Rathmann triumphed after an epic duel with Rodger Ward.

The core of the design remains the continuation of the type lock-up introduced with the unveiling in May 2018 of the logo for the 103rd Running of the race. This lock-up creates a strong, consistent annual brand appearance for the event, made unique by various new elements each year.

As in recent years, the wordmark leans forward, representing speed and a never-ending commitment to progress. That design is placed over a new shield of dark red.

A gold line encircles the burgundy shield and white wordmark, with the wreath leaves also in gold. The timeless legacy of the “500” and IMS also is saluted through the inclusion of the famous Wing and Wheel logo of the track.

The original winner’s wreath featured “exotic-looking” dark yellow and brown flowers. It was created by Indianapolis-based florist Bill Cronin, who was a consultant for the Rose Bowl parade and 500 Festival parade.

In 1989, the current wreath design was created by adding 33 ivory-colored cymbidium orchids with burgundy tips (representing each of the cars in the starting field of the race), red, white and blue ribbon, checkered flags and a base of cedar blocks inscribed with “BorgWarner.”

Julie Harman Vance, the owner of the Buck Creek In Bloom flower shop in Yorktown, Indiana, has made the wreath every year since 1992.

Indy 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies To Feature Pageantry, Tradition

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 28, 2021) – The pre-race ceremonies for the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will feature all of the tradition and pageantry beloved by fans Sunday, May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A look at the various ceremonial roles:

  • “God Bless America” – U.S. Navy veteran and gospel music performer Generald Wilson will sing this tribute to America.
  • “Drivers to your cars” – The five members of social media sensation Dude Perfect will give the traditional command for all 33 drivers to report to their cars.
  • “Back Home Again in Indiana” – Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison returns for the fifth consecutive year to sing this Hoosier favorite.
  • Flyover – U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets from the 187th Fighter Wing, assigned to Dannelly Field, Alabama, will fly over IMS during the national anthem and after “Back Home Again in Indiana.” The aircraft will match the tribute livery on the No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet driven by Conor Daly, which pays tribute to the fabled Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.
  • Command To Start Engines – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman Roger Penske will say the most famous words in motorsports.

In previously announced roles, country music star Jimmie Allen will sing the national anthem, Indianapolis 500 veteran and NBC Indy 500 studio analyst Danica Patrick will drive the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible Pace Car, and Emmy Award-nominated actor Milo Ventimiglia will wave the green flag to start the 500-Mile Race at 12:45 p.m. (ET).

Other popular pre-race traditions, including the playing of “Taps,” the rifle volley and the invocation, also will take place as fans return to IMS for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” after a one-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live coverage on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network starts at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday.

Indy 500 Starting Field To Participate in 500 Spectacle of Homes Saturday

Drivers Will Complete Reverse Parade, Visit Race Fans

Just hours before the field of 33 drivers compete in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET on NBC), NTT INDYCAR SERIES athletes will take part in the 500 Spectacle of Homes reverse parade from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 29.

At 11:30 a.m., drivers will depart Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gate 2 riding in an AES 500 Festival event car, along with a 500 Festival board member and two 500 Festival princesses. The cars will make their way down Main Street in Speedway before heading to downtown Indianapolis, where they will arrive at Monument Circle for a brief ceremony.

At Monument Circle, drivers will exit their cars for a photo opportunity and to hear remarks from special guests, including Allison Melangton, senior vice president of Penske Entertainment Corp. Afterward, each car and its group will depart for Central Indiana neighborhoods where they will visit with race fans who decorated their homes or yards in race-themed fashion for the 500 Spectacle of Homes and exemplified the community spirit of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

There are several opportunities and locations for members of the media to capture the 500 Spectacle of Homes reverse parade. On Main Street in Speedway, members of the media are encouraged to park in Lot 4 between 14th Street and 13th Street, next to Speedway Trophy & Clock Repair, to capture drivers passing by local Speedway businesses. Downtown, limited parking will be available for members of the media on Meridian Street on the south spoke of Monument Circle to capture the downtown festivities.

Six decorated homes will be made available to members of the media to attend while NTT INDYCAR SERIES athletes make their visits:

Town of Speedway

  • Homeowners: Joe and Terri DeFabis
  • Driver: Takuma Sato
  • Address: 5133 W. 15th St.
  • Speedway, IN 46224

Town of Speedway

  • Homeowner: Elizabeth Shook
  • Driver: Rinus VeeKay
  • Address: 4969 W. 15th St.
  • Indianapolis, IN 46224

North Downtown Indianapolis

  • Homeowner: Kimmy Terzini
  • Driver: Helio Castroneves
  • Address: 1214 N. New Jersey St.
  • Indianapolis, IN 46202

Broad Ripple

  • Homeowner: Charlotte Fisher
  • Driver: Colton Herta
  • Address: 6151 North College Ave.
  • Indianapolis, IN 46220

Herron-Morton Place

  • Homeowner: Eugene Jones
  • Driver: James Hinchcliffe
  • Address: 1920 N. New Jersey St.
  • Indianapolis, IN 46202

Herron-Morton Place

  • Homeowners: Eric and Alice Otto
  • Driver: Scott Dixon
  • Address: 1902 N. New Jersey St.
  • Indianapolis, IN 46202

Emmy-Nominated Actor Ventimiglia To Serve as Indy 500 Honorary Starter

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 28, 2021) – Actor, director and producer Milo Ventimiglia will serve as honorary starter for the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, waving the green flag and sending the field of 33 NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers on their epic quest for racing glory.

This year’s historic edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” takes place Sunday, May 30, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. (ET) on NBC.

Ventimiglia stars on the critically acclaimed NBC drama series “This is Us.” Playing the role of family patriarch Jack Pearson, he has been nominated three times for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

“Milo’s passion for racing and speed make him the perfect choice for this exciting Race Day honor,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We can’t wait to welcome him to the Racing Capital of the World and know he’ll enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience atop the flag stand on Indy 500 Race Day.”

Ventimiglia’s work includes memorable roles across major studio projects, independent features and beloved TV shows like “Heroes” and “Gilmore Girls.” In 2019, he starred in “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” an adaptation of the international best-selling novel by Garth Stein. The book focuses on a family dog who evaluates his life through the lessons learned by his human owner, a professional race car driver played by Ventimiglia.

Pole sitter Scott Dixon of New Zealand, the six-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion, will lead the field past Ventimiglia’s green flag. Joining Dixon in the front row are 21-year-old Colton Herta of the United States and 20-year-old Rinus VeeKay of the Netherlands, the two youngest drivers in the field.

Dixon is aiming for his second victory in the world’s most prestigious auto race, as he won in 2008. Helio Castroneves will join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners of the race with a victory Sunday from the eighth starting position.

Imperial Supplies Named Official Partner of IMS, INDYCAR

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, May 24, 2021) – Imperial Supplies, a leading national distributor of over 1.5 million fleet maintenance and shop supplies, has reached a multiyear agreement to become an Official Partner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and INDYCAR.

Imperial’s partnership with IMS is effective immediately, and the relationship will grow to include INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES starting in 2022.

“We look forward to working with Imperial and its dedicated, knowledgeable staff,” said Adam Gonzales, senior director, partnerships, IMS and INDYCAR. “Imperial’s expertise and efficiency will help IMS and INDYCAR manage their maintenance programs year-round.”

Founded in 1958 with corporate offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Imperial services customers through a national network of strategically located distribution centers. Imperial has built its reputation by providing unmatched customer service, an industry leading product offering, and a host of programs to help customers manage their fleet maintenance parts.

Made possible by their strong reputation and significant presence in the fleet market, Imperial services nine of the top 10 commercial carriers and over 40,000 customers throughout the United States. Imperial also has proudly supported Penske Truck Leasing for over 35 years; providing the parts and services needed to strengthen its customer base.

“Imperial is excited to partner with Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR and to connect with this passionate racing audience,” said Victoria Tylinski, vice president, Marketing and Digital Commerce, Imperial Supplies. “With speed and agility as defining traits of both companies, our brands partner extremely well together.”

The Imperial brand and logo will be featured on the iconic Scoring Pylon at IMS and in Public Address announcements and large-screen video board spots. Imperial also will have the opportunity to host large-scale customer hospitality during IMS events.

Visit www.imperialsupplies.com for more information on Imperial.

Indianapolis 500 Veteran Ribeiro Dies at 55

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 23, 2021) – Andre Ribeiro, a one-time Indianapolis 500 starter who gave Honda its first INDYCAR SERIES victory and later drove for Team Penske, has died of cancer in his native Brazil. He was 55.

Born in Sao Paulo, Ribeiro was a key member of a Brazilian revolution of drivers in the top level of North American open-wheel racing. His rookie class at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1995 included fellow countrymen Gil de Ferran and Christian Fittipaldi, and they helped set the stage for Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Bruno Junqueira and Cristiano da Matta, among others, to race in North America.

Ribeiro’s four seasons in CART were highlighted by a 1995 victory from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which was Honda’s first win in the sport. That was the first of his three victories for with Tasman Motorsports, the team that brought him to the U.S. through Indy Lights.

He won four races as an Indy Lights rookie in 1994, finishing second in the standings to teammate Steve Robertson and one position ahead of Greg Moore, who went on to win five CART races.

Ribeiro started 12th and finished 18th in the 1995 Indianapolis 500 in the No. 31 LCI International Reynard/Honda in his only start in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

In 1996, Ribeiro scored a popular victory in CART’s first race in Brazil. Ribeiro held off Al Unser Jr. by two seconds to capture the second of his three career victories. He added another victory later that season at Michigan International Speedway, edging Bryan Herta. That was Ribeiro’s best season, finishing 11th in the standings after leading 166 laps.

Ribeiro joined Roger Penske’s organization for CART’s 1998 season, which was his last in the sport after 68 career starts. He retired at the end of the year at age 32.

Ribeiro spent the next chapter of his life leading a group of auto dealerships owned by Penske in Sao Paulo.

Tomorrow at the Track: Sunday, May 23

Sunday, May 23
INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 22, 2021) – Information about Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge track activity for Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying, Sunday, May 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local):

9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Public gates open

11-11:30 a.m.: Last Chance Qualifying Practice

11:30 a.m.-noon: Firestone Fast Nine Shootout Practice

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Last Chance Qualifying

3-3:45 p.m.: Firestone Fast Nine Shootout Qualifying

5-7 p.m.: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice

TICKETS: Tickets for Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying General Admission seating are $20 and are available for purchase at IMS.com or by walking up at the gates. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult. Free entry for all military personnel with a valid military ID.

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

GRANDSTANDS OPEN: A Penthouse, B Penthouse, B Stand (22-25), E Penthouse, E Stand, North Vista ADA, NW Vista (1-6), NW Vista Deck, Paddock (9-18), Paddock Penthouse (1-30), Southeast Vista Deck, Southeast Vista (17-20), Tower Terrace (37-42), Tower Terrace ADA

PARKING: Free parking for Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying is located in Lot 7 (North 40). For North 40 parking, fans should enter through Gate 10 from 30th Street. Paid parking is $10 for Main Gate and Lot 2, and $20 for Gate 1. No infield public parking will be allowed in May. Cash and credit are both accepted forms of payment in IMS parking lots.

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 take cash and credit.

MUSEUM HOURS (9 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. Race fans can walk to the IMS Museum from the Speedway’s infield, and a free shuttle will run between the IMS Museum and tram stops located at 6th & Hulman and Tunnel 10. Pedestrians on the south end of the racetrack can access the IMS Museum via Gate 2. Visitors should park in open IMS lots. IMS Museum visitors must possess an event ticket or credential to enter the Museum. Gate 2 will not be open for parking at the Museum.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: There will be spacing between customer groups in the grandstands. IMS will have cleaning and sanitation processes in place, with hand sanitizer and washing stations readily available. Face coverings must be worn at IMS per the most recent Marion County Public Health order and the event procedures agreement between IMS and local officials.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

All day: Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying Media Bullpen, Pit Road on the South Side of NTT Pit Box

Approximately 4 p.m.: Crown Royal Armed Forces Post-Qualifying Press Conference with the front-row qualifiers and other pertinent stories of the day, Fourth Floor, DEX Imaging Media Center

Tomorrow at the Track: Saturday, May 22

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 21, 2021) – Information about Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge track activity for Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying, Saturday, May 22 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local):

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Indianapolis 500 Practice (two groups)

Noon-5:50 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

TICKETS: Tickets for Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying General Admission seating are $20 and are available for purchase at IMS.com or by walking up at the gates. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 6S, Gate 7 South, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A

GRANDSTANDS OPEN: A Penthouse, B Penthouse, B Stand (22-25), E Penthouse, E Stand, North Vista ADA, NW Vista (1-6), NW Vista Deck, Paddock (9-18), Paddock Penthouse (1-30), Southeast Vista Deck, Southeast Vista (17-20), Tower Terrace (37-42), Tower Terrace ADA

PARKING: Free parking for Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying is located in Lot 7 (North 40). For North 40 parking, fans should enter through Gate 10 from 30th Street. Paid parking is $10 for Main Gate and Lot 2, and $20 for Gate 1. No infield public parking will be allowed in May. Cash and credit are both accepted forms of payment in IMS parking lots.

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 take cash and credit.

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. Race fans can walk to the IMS Museum from the Speedway’s infield, and a free shuttle will run between the IMS Museum and tram stops located at 6th & Hulman and Tunnel 10. Pedestrians on the south end of the racetrack can access the IMS Museum via Gate 2. Visitors should park in open IMS lots. IMS Museum visitors must possess an event ticket or credential to enter the Museum. Gate 2 will not be open for parking at the Museum.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: There will be spacing between customer groups in the grandstands. IMS will have cleaning and sanitation processes in place, with hand sanitizer and washing stations readily available. Face coverings must be worn at IMS per the most recent Marion County Public Health order and the event procedures agreement between IMS and local officials.

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