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IMS President Doug Boles to meet fans at Studebaker Museum in South Bend

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles will meet with fans at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana, for a “Town Hall”-style meeting to discuss a busy offseason and an epic 2016 season coming up at IMS.

Project 100 construction is in full swing at the 106-year-old facility, with grandstands and other areas receiving upgrades in advance of the monumental 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2016.

The visit at the Studebaker Museum will feature introductory remarks from Boles, a Q&A session with fans and giveaways including tickets to Month of May activities at IMS. Fans may RSVP for free by clicking here

WHAT:  Town Hall meeting

WHO: IMS President Doug Boles
WHEN:  2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

WHERE:   Studebaker Museum
201 Chapin Street
South Bend, Indiana

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational returning to IMS on June 15-19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 – The SVRA will again bring its Brickyard Invitational with its popular Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 15-19, 2016, which includes Father’s Day weekend. The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced a 16-race weekend schedule for 2016 allowing race teams to plan well ahead for next year.

“One of the reasons the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has such a special place in the hearts of racing fans is its rich 100-plus years of history. The SVRA Brickyard Invitational celebrates IMS and racing history by putting cars across all those decades on track, at speed, and in competition. Combined with former Indianapolis 500 champions and veterans competing in the event as well, it is truly a remarkable weekend,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles.

The 2016 SVRA schedule also includes some of the greatest and most historic road courses in the United States such as Watkins Glen, Road America, Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Sebring, Auto Club Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, Mid-Ohio, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway (VIR) among others.

“I think we are unique as a growth sector in the motorsports industry,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “We have come a long way in the short time since rebooting our organization three years ago. Each of our events has their own culture but the formula we see working is creating high activity, multi-faceted festival-style shows that give fans including the entire family so many things to enjoy and share through social media on our weekends.”

About SVRA – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 the SVRA has over 2,000 active members. It will sanction 16 events in 2016 at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway, NOLA Motorsports Park and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing organization hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, in 2013. Further information on SVRA, a complete annual schedule, and entry lists can be found on the SVRA website.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to host SCCA Runoffs in 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 14, 2015 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sports Car Club of America announced today that the IMS road course will be the site of the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, with race days Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

The event is unprecedented for both the Club and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, pitting the amateur National Championship event on the 14 turn, 2.439-mile road course that hosts the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

“Many Indianapolis 500 veterans have their racing roots in SCCA competition, so hosting the SCCA national championships at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a natural fit,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Runoffs will provide drivers who have dreamed of competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway an opportunity to do so and will hopefully motivate some participants to continue on the path to compete in the Indianapolis 500 someday. It is going to be a tremendous event showcasing the talent and passion that makes SCCA racing so exciting.”

Indianapolis history and SCCA history are intrinsically linked. Countless SCCA graduates have competed in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” with Mark Donohue and Bobby Rahal earning both a Runoffs title and an Indy 500 win in their careers. Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice also competed in the Runoffs; current competitor Graham Rahal is the youngest Runoffs champion, and still has a chance to add his name to the Borg-Warner Trophy.

“In 2013, we announced that the Runoffs would go on an annual rotation, moving around the country with the goal of hitting bucket list tracks,” Eric Prill, SCCA Vice President/COO said. “We’ve done that, having gone from Road America to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to Daytona International Speedway, and will be at Mid-Ohio in 2016. But the visit to Indianapolis in 2017, a track that no other SafeRacer Club Racer will have a chance to compete on prior to the Runoffs, is truly unique and a dream come true for many of our racers.”

“As a racer, I know that the American dream of being a racecar driver starts with the Indianapolis 500,” Lisa Noble, SCCA President & CEO and Formula Vee racer, said. “IMS is an integral part of our history as we are a part of theirs. Many of the Speedway’s crew, workers, drivers and Indy 500 winners have their roots in the SCCA. Drivers such as Bobby and Graham Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Mark Donohue, Buddy Rice, Michael Andretti and Lyn St. James are just a few that raced in the SCCA Runoffs before reaching the Indy 500.

“I’m very moved by this significant moment in SCCA history as I am by the Speedway every time I enter the gate. Each of our Champions will have an incredibly special honor – to be crowned on the most hallowed ground in American motorsports. Racers will tell stories for decades about this first Runoffs at Indy. It will become legendary, and I cannot wait for our members to experience that in 2017.”

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has crowned Club Racing National Champions in a winner-take-all, single race format since 1964. Through 27 separate races over three days, the 2015 edition recently crowned champions in 27 classes in the pinnacle event of amateur racing.

Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both amateur and professional levels. It annually sanctions more than 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA Club Racing program, which includes the U.S. Majors Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs® and The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb.; the annual SCCA National Convention and Hall of Fame Induction; and experiential programs including the Tire Rack Starting Line School and Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack. For more information, please visit www.scca.com.

Participants sought for the ‘People’s 500’

Key Points

  • IMS and Big Car Collaborative will debut a fan-driven, interactive art exhibit ahead of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
  • Hoosiers can now apply to drive a Pace Car around the track as part of an effort to personalize the “People’s 500.”
  • The project will be directed by influential interdisciplinary artist Jesse Sugarmann.

Release:

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Big Car Collaborative are teaming up to create a one of a kind interactive art exhibit ahead of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. As part of the “People’s 500,” 100 Hoosier applicants will contribute to the project by driving a Pace Car around the famed IMS 2.5-mile oval this October. These personal experiences will be captured in video and photography and this content will be displayed as part of an interactive art installation in Big Car’s new gallery in Indianapolis.

“This partnership with a local gallery and a world-renowned artist will capture the spirit that drives the Indianapolis 500 and share it with guests from across the country and globe,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. “I encourage Hoosiers to submit an application to participate and take a lap around our iconic track ahead of such a monumental milestone in our history.”

Applications for this unique project combining the sporting and art worlds can now be filled out by clicking here. Film and video of Pace Car drivers will be included in the final exhibit opening in May 2016. For more details, including participant information and requirements, please continue reading below.

Overview:
The “People’s 500” is a community-based collaborative art project sponsored by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Big Car. The “People’s 500” presents an opportunity for Indianapolis residents to drive an INDYCAR Pace Car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Over the next two months, 100 members of the Indianapolis community will be chosen to drive two laps around the track, taking turns to simulate the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race experience. Applications are currently being solicited from members of the public interested in participating in this event.

Details:
On Oct. 17 and 18, California-based artist Jesse Sugarmann will be directing the “People’s 500” as part of the celebration of the Indy 500’s 100th Running. One hundred members of the Indianapolis community (over the age of 21) will have the opportunity to drive a Pace Car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at slow speed, this process being documented on film and video for use in the Big Car gallery exhibition, the “People’s 500,” to open in May 2016 at Big Car.

Additional Requirements:
Those interested in participating should fill out an application survey here. Selected participants will be subject to film and video recording, the product of which will be used for both exhibition and Speedway promotion. All selected participants must have a valid driver license and must adhere to the speed limitations dictated by IMS management. Applications must be completed by Oct. 5.

About Jesse Sugarmann
Jesse Sugarmann is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Getty Institute, Los Angeles; el Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon; the Banff Center, Canada; el Museo de Arte Moderno de Santander, Spain; and both the Paris and Berlin installations of Les Recontres Internationales. Jesse’s work has been written about in publications including ArtForum, Art Papers, ART LTD, Art Cards, Art Car Nation, Frieze Magazine and The New York Times. Jesse lives and works in Bakersfield, California. You can learn more about his work at www.jessesugarmann.com.

About Big Car
An Indianapolis-based 501c3 nonprofit, Big Car uses creativity as a catalyst to a better city. By providing and supporting unique, educational, participatory, playful and personal experiences, Big Car engages people of all ages and backgrounds in art making and creative problem-solving – inspiring them to be creative thinkers and involved, connected citizens. Learn more at
www.bigcar.org and see examples of our projects at www.bigcar.org/work. For media inquiries regarding Big Car and the “People’s 500,” contact Shauta Marsh via 317-450-6630 orshauta@bigcar.org.

About Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility and has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. After celebrating its
Centennial Era in 2009-11, IMS and racing fans now look forward to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race this year. In 2016, get ready for an unprecedented celebration of the human pursuit of progress as the world’s eyes turn toward the Speedway. For more information, visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

Saints of Valory added as special second guest to open for The Rolling Stones

SATURDAY, JULY 4 – INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JUNE 23, 2015 – The Rolling Stones have announced that Saints of Valory have been added as the second special guest to open their show in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 4, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earlier this month, the band announced that Country superstars, Rascal Flatts, will also be performing before the Stones take the stage at their Independence Day show. ZIP CODE, the band’s 15-city North American stadium tour, kicked off in San Diego on May 24, and will wrap up in Quebec on July 15 at Le Festival D’Ete de Quebec.

Saints of Valory’s four band members –Gavin Jasper (lead vocals, bass), Godfrey Thomson (guitar, vocals), Stephen Buckle (keyboards, vocals), and Chris Kamrada (drums)– grew up on three different continents (South America, Asia, and North America), though they now call Austin, Texas, their home. In 2010, Saints of Valory self-released their first EP The Bright Lights, which entered the Top 50 at Triple A radio, making them the only unsigned band in the upper reaches of the chart. In 2012, they were chosen as one of Billboard’s top six unsigned bands nationwide. Later that year, they self-released their second EP, Kids, which broke into iTunes’ Top Rock Albums chart. By the end of 2012, they had signed a major label record deal with Atlantic Records. Presently, the band is gearing up for the release of their full length album in late 2015.

“We feel so lucky and honored to be sharing the stage with the Rolling Stones! Every band or musician grows up secretly dreaming that one day they can be like them, and have the career that they’ve had, so this is definitely a surreal moment for us. I remember watching them live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when they played for over a million people at Copacabana beach back in 2006, and went home dreaming that one day I could share the stage with the rock icons, so this is an actual dream come true, and, as a band, something we will never forget for the rest of our lives,” said Saints of Valory’s Gavin Jasper.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and indianapolismotorspeedway.com for the July 4th concert. Tickets are available for purchase at multiple price points beginning with a $60 Bronze Ticket. Additional ticketing levels include Silver, Gold and VIP. Please click here to view a full facility map for this event including seating areas by level as well as. Additionally, hospitality packages, including private event rooms and suites, are available for purchase. Information on hospitality packages is available here.

Camping will be offered for two nights at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Check-in begins on Friday, July 3, at 10 a.m., with check-out by noon on Sunday, July 5. Cost is $100 per vehicle and tent. RV camping is $200. Amenities include restrooms and shower facilities. For more information on camping, and to purchase camping passes, click here.

All Indianapolis Motor Speedway attendees will be treated to an awe-inspiring Independence Day fireworks display.

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood head back out on the road after their critically-acclaimed 14 ON FIRE tour in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The iconic band will treat their generations of fans to special one night only shows, with a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll,” as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”

AEG Live’s Concerts West is the promoter of the Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour. The Rolling Stones’ Independence Day concert at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is promoted in conjunction with GLOBAL LIVE and is the first-ever non-race week concert at the Speedway.

THE ROLLING STONES – ZIP CODE TOUR
Sunday, May 24, 2015 San Diego, CA Petco Park*
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium*
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium*
Saturday, June 6, 2015 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium*
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Atlanta, GA Bobby Dodd Stadium*
Friday, June 12, 2015 Orlando, FL Orlando Citrus Bowl*
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Nashville, TN LP Field*
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field*
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium
Saturday, July 4, 2015 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Buffalo, NY Ralph Wilson Stadium
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Quebec, QC Le Festival D’Ete de Quebec
* Denotes a past tour date

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Five members of Unser family drive together for first time at Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, June 14, 2015 – History abounded at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the four-day Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, with a century’s worth of classic race cars turning laps on the oval and road course.

But Sunday featured a moment never seen before at IMS – five members of the Unser family on the track at one time.

Al, Bobby, Al Jr., Johnny and Robby reunited for a couple laps on the iconic oval in vintage cars, a special moment for the drivers, extended Unser family and fans.

“I don’t think there are words enough to tell people how nice it is to come back to something like this,” Bobby Unser said. “It’s a touching thing beyond belief for me, and I know it is for the rest of the family.”

The reunion represented an amazing nine Indianapolis 500 wins – four for Al, three for Bobby and two for Al Jr.

“I loved it,” Al said. “It brings back a lot of memories and you wonder once in a while if you really did it (win four Indianapolis 500s) and now I get back in the car again and say ‘yeah, I did’ and it’s a great feeling.”

Al drove his exhibition laps in the 1970 Johnny Lightning Special, the car in which he won his first “500.” Bobby drove his 1981 Norton Spirit car, in which he won his third “500.”

Al Jr. drove the 1983 Coors Light Silver Bullet Eagle, his rookie-year car.

“We just had a great time all weekend and now getting out there with all the old cars with dad and Uncle Bobby, it topped off a wonderful weekend,” Al Jr. said.

For all the starts the Unsers made in the Indianapolis 500, there was never a race with more than two Unsers. Jerry Unser, Bobby and Al’s brother, ran in 1958 and died in a practice crash prior to the 1959 race. Bobby (first race in 1963) and Al (first race in 1965) raced many years together, but Bobby was retired before Al Jr. began his Indy career. Al Jr. and Johnny, Jerry’s son, raced in one “500” together while Johnny and Robby, Bobby’s son, raced twice together when Al Jr. was inactive at Indy.

On Sunday, Robby drove the 1968 Rislone Eagle, in which Bobby won his first “500.”

“It was really good and a lot of fun,” Robby said. “I was born that year in January and that car won in May, so that’s my vintage, so to speak. I had a great time.”

Johnny was photographed with the family while sitting in Al’s 1978 winner, and turned his exhibition laps in a 1963 roadster driven in the race by Eddie Sachs.

“That’s what my dad drove around here, so for me it was an incredible privilege to be able to drive that thing,” Johnny said.

Johnny, Robby and Al Jr. drove in Saturday’s Indy Vintage Pro-Am, which brought 33 former “500” starters together with amateurs in a road course race. Bob Lazier and amateur partner Jim Caudle won in a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette, 48.9 seconds ahead of a 1967 Ford Mustang driven by seven-time “500” starter Mark Dismore and partner Scott Hackenson.

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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – The Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, Lilly Diabetes 250 and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.

Lazier and Caudle win Indy Legends Pro-Am at Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational

Lazier and Caudle win Indy Legends Pro-Am at Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – Former Indianapolis 500 starter Bob Lazier and amateur partner Jim Caudle were the class of the field on Saturday at the Indy Legends Pro-Am, the spotlight event of the four-day Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

Thirty-three former Indianapolis 500 drivers paired with amateurs for a 40-minute race on the 2.439-mile IMS road course, and the team of Lazier and Caudle won by 48.9 seconds in a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette.

“It was absolutely fabulous. There were no problems with anybody, everybody was clean and having fun,” said Lazier, the father of 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier and seven-time “500” starter Jaques Lazier. “All these people we’ve known for 35 or 40 years and we just can’t wait to go out and have fun together. It’s like they’ve set up a party for all us old guys and we love every minute of it.”

Lazier and Caudle also partnered at last year’s inaugural Indy Legends Pro-Am, finishing ninth.

“How could you ask for anything better?” Caudle said. “It’s a dream come true. Last year, Bob was my co-driver and we were instant friends. I was really glad I got to drive with him again this year.”

Seven-time “500” starter Mark Dismore and partner Scott Hackenson took second place in a 1967 Ford Mustang, one second ahead of the 1970 Mustang of third-place finishers Max Papis (a two-time “500” starter) and Curt Vogt.

Among the others in the field were two-time “500” winner Al Unser Jr., Davey Hamilton, Davy Jones and Willy T. Ribbs. The range of “500” history stretched from Dick Simon, who first raced in 1970, to 2011 starter Alex Lloyd. Put another way, more than 10 percent of the 288 living Indianapolis 500 drivers filled the grid for the Indy Legends Pro-Am.

Also on hand as Honorary Stewards were Tom Sneva, the 1983 “500” winner, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to start in an Indianapolis 500.

Three Unsers drove in the Pro-Am — Al Jr., Robby and Johnny — and four-time “500” winner Al and three-time winner Bobby will join in at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday for an oval exhibition in vintage Indy cars. It will be the first time five Unsers have been on track at the same time.

Racing on the IMS road course and exhibition runs on the famed 2.5-mile oval will continueSunday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m, in vehicles ranging from early 1900s models all the way up to modern cars and everything in between. More than 500 cars are on hand for the weekend.

Additional information on the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association can be found on the SVRA website, www.svra.com.

Familiar face: IMS president Doug Boles competed on Saturday in SVRA Group 9, featuring open-wheel cars from recent years including Indy cars and Formula One.

Boles drove a 2004 Formula BMW for owner Alan Lewis, getting the invitation from the Indianapolis businessman at the Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet. He practiced on Thursdayand Friday, then got to experience race-day intensity.

“You get a bit more comfortable with it, braking a little bit deeper, getting on the throttle earlier, being on different gears through some of the corners because I was carrying more speed,” said Boles, who had not driven competitively since 2000. “It was a lot of fun – and getting to pass some cars was great.”

The timed race didn’t end as he had hoped; the car shut off near the end of Boles’ seventh lap when bottoming out over a rumble strip off Turn 13, jostling the starter key. He finished 32nd out of 36 entries.

“Probably good it ended when it did, because I was beginning to feel racy and I don’t need to be,” Boles said.

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $20 on Sunday, June 14. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.

Indianapolis 500 veterans to compete at IMS in Indy Legends Pro-Am

Indianapolis 500 veterans to compete at IMS in Indy Legends Pro-Am

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, June 12, 2015 – A field of 33 cars will hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, but with a twist.

The Indy Legends Pro-Am, the spotlight event of the four-day Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, will feature 33 former Indianapolis 500 drivers paired with amateurs for a 50-minute race on the 2.439-mile IMS road course. The green flag is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

The list of drivers includes two-time “500” winner Al Unser Jr., Davey Hamilton, Max Papis, Willy T. Ribbs and Lyn St. James, all competing in 1960s-era American “muscle” cars. The range of “500” history stretches from Dick Simon, who first raced in 1970, to 2011 starter Alex Lloyd.

For the full list of professional and amateur drivers, click here.

“It’s kind of a cliche phrase for all of us now, but every time we come under the tunnel and look at this place, it’s like religious,” four-time top-10 “500” finisher Eliseo Salazar said. “Me and some of the other guys have raced Formula One, Le Mans, World Rally, Dakar, there’s nothing like this place. I’ve said it many times and it’s going to be the case again (Saturday).”

To quantify the field in another way, there are 288 living Indianapolis 500 drivers and more than 10 percent of those are represented in the Indy Legends Pro-Am.

“When we come to the Indy 500, of course, we have a lot of pressure on us,” two-time “500” starter Eric Bachelart said. “So here this is all about fun, you know. It’s fun to do Indy, but doing this, it’s even more fun.”

Also on hand as Honorary Stewards are Tom Sneva, the 1983 “500” winner, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to start in an Indianapolis 500.

They do such a fabulous job here with these hundreds of cars and things go more smoothly than you could possibly believe,” Guthrie said. “It’s a fabulous event.”

Unser Jr. won the inaugural Indy Legends Pro-Am last year with his amateur partner Peter Klutt, while Salazar (with Gary Moore) and two-time “500” starter Ribbs (with Ed Sevadjian) rounded out the podium.

Three members of the Unser family will race in the Pro-Am – Al Jr., Robby and Johnny – and then four-time winner Al and three-time winner Bobby will hit the track in vintage Indy cars at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday for an exhibition on the oval. It will be the first time five Unsers have been on track at the same time.

Racing on the IMS road course and exhibition runs on the famed 2.5-mile oval will be virtually non-stop on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. In addition, when not on the track, all cars will be on display in the IMS infield providing fans up close access to the cars and their owners.

Twelve different race groups will compete, ranging from early 1900s cars all the way up to modern prototype cars and everything in between. More than 500 cars are on hand for the weekend.

The Indy Vintage Pro-Am drivers will also participate in a Fan Walk through the starting grid prior to the opening ceremonies, allowing fans to see the cars up close, take photos and chat with the drivers.

Additional information on the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association can be found on the SVRA website, http://www.svra.com.

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $30 on Saturday, June 13, and $20 on Sunday, June 14. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult.

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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at866-221-8775 for more information.

Tomorrow At The Track: Saturday, June 13

Tomorrow At The Track: Saturday, June 13

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, June 12, 2015 – Information about Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational activity on Saturday, June 13, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

DAY:  Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Racing and Participant Celebration.

SCHEDULE (All times local)

6:158 a.m. Six hot-air balloons will launch from the N Lot in the IMS infield commemorating the 1909 balloon races that were the first events of any kind at the facility (weather permitting).
8 a.m. Public Gates Open
8:15-8:45 a.m. Group 7 (Post-1967 Cars) Race
8:55-9:25 a.m. Group 6-2 (Pre-1972 Cars) Race
9:35-10:05 a.m. Post-War Cars Race
10 a.m. Shine & Show Car Show Begins – Lakeside
10:10-10:40 a.m. Group 11 (Post-1981 Cars) Race
10:45-11:15 a.m. Group 1 (Small Displacement Cars) Race
Group 3-2 (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Race
11:20-11:50 a.m. Group 10 (1973-1999 GT and Sedan) Race
12:30-1:15 p.m. Indy Legends Pro-Am Fan Walk Begins – Pit Lane
1:20 p.m. Indy Legends Pro-Am Pre-Race Begins
1:35-2:15 p.m. Indy Legends Pro-Am Race
2:15 p.m. Indy Legends Pro-Am Ceremonies Begin – Victory Podium
2:25-2:55 p.m. Group 2 (Pre-1973 Formula Cars) Race
3 p.m. Tethered hot-air balloon rides in the infield (weather permitting) $10 per person, with children 12 and under free with an adult.
3:05-3:35 p.m. Group 3-1 (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Race
Group 4 (Special GT and Sports Cars) Race
3:45-4:15 p.m. Group 9 (Post-1973 Formula Cars) Race
4:25-4:55 p.m. Group 6-1 (Pre-1972 Big-Bore Cars) Race
5:05-5:35 p.m. Group 8 (Pre-1979 Sports Cars) Race
5:45-6:15 p.m. Group 5 (1960-1972 World Sports Car Race)
6:45 p.m. Shine & Show Car Show Laps Begin
7 p.m. Public Gates Close
SVRA Participant Celebration Begins – Pagoda Plaza
Blood, Sweat and Tears Concert – Pagoda Plaza
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display

TICKETS:  $30, children 12 and under free.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN:  8 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian Gate 6 is open to the public. NOTE:
For this event there is no parking within IMS without a credential.

STANDS OPEN:  E Stand, Sec. 1-4, J Stand, Sec. 25-30, all infield mounds, Gasoline Alley Roof (as needed), Wheelchair Accessible South located between Turns 1 and 2.

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 6 free. Gate admission to the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

10:30 a.m.: All five members of the Unser family, Al, Bobby, Al Jr., Robby and Johnny Unser, who on Sunday will drive together for the first time ever on the IMS oval in vintage Indy cars, will appear at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. in the Economaki Press Conference Room on the first floor of the IMS Media Center.

MEDIA CENTER HOURS: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
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Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $30 on Saturday, June 13, and $20 on Sunday, June 14. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult.

2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at866-221-8775 for more information.

Special guests Rascal Flatts to open for The Rolling Stones in Indianapolis

SATURDAY, JULY 4 – INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
ZIP CODE TOUR

#StonesZip

JUNE 10, 2015 – NEW YORK – The Rolling Stones have announced that Country superstars, Rascal Flatts, will be the special guest artists opening their show in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ZIP CODE, the band’s 15-city North American stadium tour, kicked off in San Diego on May 24, and has made stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Arlington and Atlanta. The tour will also have the band performing in Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Detroit and Buffalo before wrapping in Quebec on July 15 at Le Festival D’Ete de Quebec.

For ticketing information please visit www.rollingstones.com.

The best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) has scored 15 No. 1 songs, sold over 22.8 million albums, over 29 million digital downloads worldwide and earned over 40 industry accolades. Their current, ninth studio album, REWIND (Big Machine Records), debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making them one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot. One of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, Rascal Flatts recently kicked off their headlining RIOT TOUR 2015, which will be making stops across the country throughout the summer.

“What an incredible honor for us to share the stage with real life rock and roll icons, the Rolling Stones! There are a lot of bucket list moments that you dream up as a performing musician, and this is a pretty wild one to actually have come true. You in fact CAN get some satisfaction!” said Jay DeMarcus.

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood head back out on the road after their critically-acclaimed 14 ON FIRE tour in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The iconic band will treat their generations of fans to special one night only shows, with a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll,” as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and indianapolismotorspeedway.com for the July 4th concert. Tickets are available for purchase at multiple price points beginning with a $60 Bronze Ticket. Additional ticketing levels include Silver, Gold and VIP. Please click here to view a full facility map for this event including seating areas by level as well as. Additionally, hospitality packages, including private event rooms and suites, are available for purchase. Information on hospitality packages is available here.

Camping will be offered for two nights at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Check-in begins on Friday, July 3, at 10 a.m., with check-out by 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. Cost is $100 per vehicle and tent. RV camping is $200. Amenities include restrooms and shower facilities. For more information on camping, and to purchase camping passes, click here.

All Indianapolis Motor Speedway attendees will be treated to an awe-inspiring Independence Day fireworks display.

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”

AEG Live’s Concerts West is the promoter of The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour. The Rolling Stones’ Independence Day concert at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is promoted in conjunction with GLOBAL LIVE and is the first-ever non-race week concert at the Speedway.

THE ROLLING STONES – ZIP CODE TOUR
May 24, 2015 San Diego, CA Petco Park*
May 30, 2015 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium*
June 3, 2015 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium*
June 6, 2015 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium*
June 9, 2015 Atlanta, GA Bobby Dodd Stadium*
June 12, 2015 Orlando, FL Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17, 2015 Nashville, TN LP Field
June 20, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
June 23, 2015 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27, 2015 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
July 1, 2015 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4, 2015 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8, 2015 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
July 11, 2015 Buffalo, NY Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15, 2015 Quebec, QC Le Festival D’Ete de Quebec
* Denotes a past tour date

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