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Opening Day showcases Verizon IndyCar Series Superspeedway Aero Kits during Oval Test on Sunday at IMS

Opening Day showcases Verizon IndyCar Series Superspeedway Aero Kits during Oval Test on Sunday at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 1, 2015 – Preparations for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will go into high gear with the highly anticipated debut of the Verizon IndyCar Series superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork packages during an Opening Day test on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval on Sunday, May 3.

Speeds on the oval are expected to be faster with the aero kits featuring modifications that will bring renewed innovation and differentiate Chevrolet- and Honda-badged Dallara race cars for fans.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves leads an impressive list of past winners slated to participate in the Sunday test including defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power and two-time defending Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Ed Carpenter will also be on hand. Members of the 2015 Indianapolis 500 rookie class expected to participate include Stefano Coletti and Gabby Chaves.

General admission tickets are $15, with children 12 and under free. Public gates open at 9:30 a.m.

SCHEDULE (All times local):

Opening Day – Sunday, May 3, 2015
9:30 a.m. Public Gates Open
9:30-10:45 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Veterans Testing
10:45 a.m.- Noon Verizon IndyCar Series Rookies/Refresher Testing
11 a.m.-Noon Firestone “Wheel” Pin Distribution (Pagoda Plaza)
Noon-1 p.m. Break
12:05 p.m. Pit Lane Walk for fans begins – Enter at Panasonic Pagoda, Gasoline Alley, South Pit Gate
12:40 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Yard of Bricks
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Doug Boles, Derrick Walker

12:45 p.m. Pit Lane Walk Concludes – Exit at Panasonic Pagoda, Gasoline Alley, South Pit Gate
12:47 p.m. Pace Car Dedication – Pit Lane Yard of Bricks
Doug Boles, Derrick Walker, Chevy Representative – Pace Car
1 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Begins
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to wave green flag
5 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Concludes
Public Gates Close
TICKETS: $15, children 12 and under free

HONORARY STARTER:
1 p.m. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

PROMOTIONS: Firestone “Wheel” Pin distribution begins at 11 a.m. (Pagoda Plaza).

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 9:30 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian gates open are Gates 1B, 2, 4, 6.

STANDS OPEN: A Penthouse, B Penthouse, E Stand, E Penthouse, H Stand (AS NEEDED GA – Sec. 13-24, J Stand, North Vista Wheelchair (AS NEEDED GA – Sec 21), Northwest Vista (AS NEEDED GA – Sec 1-10), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock Wheelchair (AS NEEDED GA – Box 19-22), Paddock Penthouse (AS NEEDED GA – Box 10-20), South Terrace, South Terrace Wheelchair, South Vista (AS NEEDED GA – Sec 1-5), South Vista Deck (AS NEEDED GA – Sec 1-4), Tower Terrace (AS NEEDED GA – Sec 37 & 79), Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Pit Road Terrace, Wheelchair Accessible, Corner 5, Corner 5 Wheelchair, Corner 7, Corner 7 Wheelchair, Backstretch Family Mounds, Turn 2 (Oval) Mounds, Turn 4 (Oval) Mound, Corner 6 Mounds, Corner 7 Mounds

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free. Gate admission to the Indianapolis 500 is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.

2015 Month of May Schedule

Saturday, May 2 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
Rev: Methodist Health Foundation charity kick-off event at IMS
Sunday, May 3 Opening Day – Verizon IndyCar Series oval test (aero kits debut)
Thursday, May 7 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis practice (free to the public)
Friday, May 8 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis qualifications
Saturday, May 9 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Day
May 11-14 Indianapolis 500 practice
Friday, May 15 Indianapolis 500 practice – Fast Friday
Saturday, May 16 Indianapolis 500 qualifications
Sunday, May 17 Old National Armed Forces Pole Day
Monday, May 18 Indianapolis 500 practice
Wednesday, May 20 IMS Racing Experience & Fan Track Laps
Driver Community Day
Thursday, May 21 Indy Lights practice and qualifications
Friday, May 22 Coors Light Carb Day
Indianapolis 500 practice
Freedom 100 race
TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge
Coors Light Carb Day concert
Saturday, May 23 Legends Day Honoring Al Unser presented by Firestone
Florida Georgia Line concert presented by Firestone
Sunday, May 24 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite
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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 99th Indianapolis 500, 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 at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown 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.

Hall of Fame Museum announces upcoming special exhibits

INDIANAPOLIS, April 28, 2015 — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc., d/b/a the Hall of Fame Museum, is pleased to announce several upcoming special exhibits.

The Racing Cars of Dan Gurney – An All-American Exhibition
May 1-Nov. 30, 2015

Retired Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 driver Dan Gurney is the focus of the Hall of Fame’s latest special exhibit, which highlights 11 cars he built or drove. The exhibit includes several examples of Eagle racing cars produced by Gurney’s All American Racers of Santa Ana, California. The three Indianapolis 500-winning Eagle race cars displayed were driven by Bobby Unser in 1968 and 1975, and by Gordon Johncock in 1973. The 1973 winning race car is on loan to the Museum by a private owner and the 1975 race car is on loan from The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc. The exhibit also features the Gurney-Weslake V-12 owned by The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc., with which Gurney won the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix, the only World Championship Grand Prix race won by an American driver in an American car. The exhibit includes the 1991 Eagle GTP Mark III Coupe, one of six constructed. It was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio II and won 21 of 27 events entered, including an amazing run of 14 victories in succession. That vehicle is on loan from the Malloy Foundation, Inc.

Vehicle of the Month
Updated on the 15th of every month

The Hall of Fame Museum’s collection includes many more vehicles – by a multiple of more than five – than it can display at any one time. To better share this extensive collection with the community, the Museum will pull one vehicle out of storage each month for public viewing as its Vehicle of the Month.

Through May 15

Ferrari Type-375: As spring reaches Indiana, the Hall of Fame Museum is featuring the Ferrari Type-375, which showcases a 2.5 liter, 12-cylinder Ferrari engine.

Four updated 1951 Ferrari Grand Prix cars were prepared for the 1952 Indianapolis 500, three of which were sold to American customers. Scuderia Ferrari campaigned the fourth itself.

Future world champion Alberto Ascari passed up the Swiss Grand Prix in order to drive the “works” car, the only one of the four to qualify. The choice of wire wheels over “mags” proved costly, however, as Ascari was forced out at 100 miles with a collapsed wheel just after having entered the top 10. The private entries were assigned to Johnnie Parsons and Bobby Ball, plus Johnny Mauro, who entered the car on display. Although the paint work on the display car resembles Ascari’s car number 12, at the time Mauro’s number 35 was white with blue numbers and lettering. Ascari did drive this car briefly during practice.

Coming May 15

1972/73 Sugaripe Prune Eagle No. 2: May will feature a turbocharged Drake Offenhauser-powered, 1972 Dan Gurney All American Racers Eagle, owned by sportsman Jerry O’Connell and driven in 1972, 1973 and 1974 by Bill Vukovich Jr., who finished second in the rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 in 1973. This vehicle will complement the 11 race cars included in the Museum’s special exhibit about Dan Gurney race cars, which are on display from May 1-Nov. 30, 2015.

Coming June 15

1950 Cummins Diesel No. 61: Commissioned for the 1950 Indianapolis 500 by Cummins Engine Co. of Columbus, Indiana, this Kurtis-Kraft chassis housed a 401-cubic-inch supercharged Cummins Diesel truck engine. Driven by Jimmy Jackson, who later broke several speed records with it at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, it was eliminated after 52 laps in 1950 with supercharger drive failure.

To learn what new treasure will be on display each month, check our website at www.imshalloffamemuseum.org. You’ll see what vehicle is currently on display and a hint or two about the next several months’ offerings. You’ll also get a chance to see what you missed.

Phil Casey, Mari Hulman George selected as inductees into Auto Racing Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS, April 15, 2015 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) is pleased to announce that Phil Casey and Mari Hulman George have been selected as inductees into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Chosen by a distinguished panel of more than 100 experts in auto racing, Casey and George bring to 150 the number of individuals who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the sport of racing and to the development of the automotive industry. The Auto Racing Hall of Fame, founded in 1952, is located at the Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Casey and George will be honored on May 21, 2015, at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet held in conjunction with the International Association of Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers. Gathering with about 700 of their closest friends and colleagues in auto racing, the two groups also will honor Al Unser Sr. for his four Indianapolis 500 wins (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and other contributions to the sport. Unser was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1986. They also are honoring the current Indianapolis 500 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Will Power.

Casey’s career started with building midgets and modified race cars. He next produced winning race cars for the Indianapolis 500 under Fred Gerhardt, as his chief mechanic. Casey was a nine-time winner of the National Championship competition of the United States Auto Club (USAC), crew chief for Janet Guthrie, the first female driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1977, and worked with Roberto Guerrero in 1985 and 1986 and A.J. Foyt in 1990. In 1996, he took on the role of Senior Technical Director for the IRL, just as the sanctioning body was formed. He has been recognized for extraordinary contributions during the formation of the IRL, including the development of the now industry-standard Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier.

George currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of Hulman & Company and serves as a director of the Foundation. She has been a tireless supporter of auto racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, following in her parents’ footsteps. Her first independent racing venture was with Roger Wolcott in the formation of the HOW racing team, which fielded American Automobile Association and USAC Sprint cars for several drivers. Her team won the championship of that series in 1957, placed second in 1954, and third in 1956 and 1958. George also fielded a car in the National Championship series, with several top finishes recorded from 1957 through 1962. George has been a significant philanthropic supporter of the arts, health care and animal welfare.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available for the Hall of Fame Banquet. For information on participating in the festivities, please contact Betsy Smith at 317-492-6749 or esmith@brickyard.com.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Panasonic Dial Up Fans’ Race Day Experience

New high-definition LED networked video boards are significantly larger and twice as bright; digital displays offer spectators unimpeded view of on-track action

INDIANAPOLIS, April 9, 2015 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans will now be able to experience the high-intensity, heart-pounding excitement of events up close and personal, courtesy of 20 newly installed networked high-definition (HD) LED video display boards from Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, an industry leader in engineering and technology solutions and the newest Official Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series. For thousands watching from the stands and infield of the legendary racetrack, the high-end digital displays will deliver unparalleled clarity and resolution, bringing fans even closer to the action.

“We are continuing to enhance the fan experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Panasonic is playing a key role,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles said. “We will deliver state-of-the-art technology and a clear view of all the racing action. The imaging clarity and technology powering the new video displays, in addition to enhanced content delivery, will allow our fans to truly feel the energy on the track.”

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, was selected by IMS to spearhead a comprehensive LED display solutions upgrade throughout the facility. To ensure that all spectators have a video screen to view at the massive racetrack, Panasonic is working with IMS to build a network of next generation video boards located throughout the infield and in front of the grandstands of the iconic 2.5-mile oval. Installation of the new HD displays will be completed prior to the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and the 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 2015. (See infographic: Bigger. Brighter. Closer to the Action.)

“Panasonic is delighted to be partnering with Indianapolis Motor Speedway to further enhance the excitement fans experience at this preeminent racing venue,” said Jim Doyle, President of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. “Our goal is to do what we do best, which is using our technology and engineering know-how to produce made-to-order video solutions that raise the bar on the connected fan experience, enabling our customers to better connect with their fans and corporate partners in new and powerful ways. We aim to make the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ even more memorable.”

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world. The digital display network provides clear sight lines from any viewing angle, with 98 percent of all seat holders having a clear view of all the new and vibrant content delivered on these displays. Fans will immediately notice the new LED video boards are significantly larger, brighter, have more accurate color imagery and are capable of broadcasting HD animation, graphics and video.

In Turns 1 and 4 and above Gasoline Alley, the displays are more than three and a half times the size of the previous boards, with the displays at Turns 1 and 4 each exceeding 2,200 total square feet. The boards positioned above the Media Center and at the south end of the Gasoline Alley Suites are more than four times larger, with each having a total display area greater than 600 square feet.

As part of its multi-year agreement with IMS, Panasonic will serve as Official Partner of IMS, the Indianapolis 500, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Brickyard 400, as well as INDYCAR and the Verizon IndyCar Series. Panasonic will also sponsor the legendary Pagoda, located on the start-finish line and reaching a height equivalent to a 13-story building. The newly renamed Panasonic Pagoda is one of the most recognizable structures in worldwide motorsports.

Complementing this new video board digital network is the 92-foot-tall scoring pylon erected by Panasonic in June 2014. The new structure replaced the previous pylon, built in 1994 on the front straightaway, just south of the entrance to Gasoline Alley. The Panasonic pylon features LED panels on all four sides, providing vastly improved messaging capabilities for attendees.

The new Panasonic video boards and pylon are key highlights on a long list of major capital improvements planned by IMS scheduled to conclude ahead of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016. The “Project 100” initiative includes renovations across all aspects of facility operations, from seating, connectivity and technology to fan experiences and track improvements. These changes will signal a modernization of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and build towards another 100 years of memorable moments in racing history.

About Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, develops, installs and maintains large-scale Eco Solutions and Audio-Visual Solutions for business and municipal customers. Serving customers across a wide range of industries, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions engineers custom-built applications using the latest technology, experience in end-to-end management of complex corporate projects and unparalleled onsite support services. Its Eco Solutions unit offers expertise in end-to-end solar energy projects while also delivering technological and financial solutions to the rapidly expanding commercial and industrial renewable energy markets. An industry leader in Audio-Visual Solutions, the company has installed some of the largest high-definition LED video boards in the world at many well-known sports and entertainment venues in the U.S. In Interbrand’s 2014 annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. Learn more about Panasonic at us.panasonic.com/news.

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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 99th Indianapolis 500, 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 at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown 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 Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. announces expansion of Board of Directors and Executive Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS, April 8, 2015 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc., d/b/a Hall of Fame Museum, is pleased to announce three new directors in an expansion of its Board of Directors and a new executive director on its leadership team.

“On the verge of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and the 60th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame Museum, which take place in 2016, the Museum is now poised to take on a comprehensive strategic planning process and review of its operations,” Museum Board President Anton H. George said. “The Museum, which my grandparents founded in 1956, has evolved over the years to possess one of the top collections of racing and passenger vehicles in the world. We are expanding the range of expertise available to the Board of Directors of the Foundation to embrace the opportunities that such an important collection provide.”

The newest additions to the Board of Directors are Robert Dyson, Kirk Hendrix, and Fred J. Nation. Dyson is a retired American sports car racing driver and is a current team owner. An avid participant in the annual Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he lives in Millbrook, New York. Dyson engages in a wide range of business interests and responsibilities as the chairman and CEO of The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp., a privately owned, diversified holding company founded in 1954. He also owns and manages a diverse array of private investments, and was the founder and owner of a regional radio broadcasting group of radio stations in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York. Dyson has carried on his family’s philanthropy through the work of the Dyson Foundation, of which he has served as president since 2000.

Kirk Hendrix is President and CEO of AAA Hoosier Motor Club, a position he has held since March 2013, overseeing operations of multiple entities which include AAA membership, insurance, and travel operations. Prior to AAA, Hendrix spent 10 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the 500 Festival, which produces and promotes 50 annual events and programs in celebration of the Indianapolis 500. Building up to his work with the 500 Festival, he was CEO of several events-related organizations in Detroit, Las Vegas, and Southern California. Hendrix started his career in collegiate athletics, in which he held a variety of executive posts during his 15 year tenure.

Fred Nation is a retired executive and active community volunteer in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has an extensive background in public relations, communications, and journalism, and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Communications, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp., where he had served for 15 years from 1997-2011. From 1989-97, Nation worked as press secretary and executive assistant to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh. Prior to that he was a partner in the Terre Haute firm of Graphic Edition (now Miller-White), building upon his experience in public relations for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and journalism as editor and general manager of the Terre Haute Spectator, a weekly magazine.

“We are honored that these gentlemen are joining our Board and excited about the opportunity to engage their enthusiasm and expertise on behalf of the Museum as we build upon its world-class collection to engage motorsports and automotive enthusiasts across the world,” added George.

Current Board members round out the breadth and depth of expertise on the Foundation’s Board with their extensive backgrounds in motorsports management, team ownership, driving, nonprofit governance, energy, vintage passenger cars, law, insurance, for-profit management, finance, banking, auditing and accounting.

W. Curtis Brighton is President of Templeton Coal Company, Inc., a closely held diversified holding company headquartered in Terre Haute, Indiana, a position he has held since 2011. He has extensive experience in the motorsports industry, having served as President of Hulman & Company and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Prior to his management service with the Speedway, Brighton practiced law in Terre Haute. He currently serves as a Director of First Financial Corporation and as a Director of Union Hospital, Inc., both headquartered in Terre Haute.

Mari H. George is the daughter of Museum founders Tony and Mary Hulman. She has an extensive background in race team ownership as well as motorsports management at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She currently serves as a Director and Chair of Hulman & Company. Ms. George has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation since 1979, where she has served in various capacities including Secretary and Vice President. She has served on the boards of a variety of for-profit and community organizations in Terre Haute and Indianapolis.

Anton H. George, President of the Board, brings extensive experience in racing, team ownership and management, and executive leadership in racing and motorsports to his work on the Foundation. He has been a board member since 1983, previously serving as Executive Vice President. Mr. George currently serves as a Director of Hulman & Company (former President and CEO), and is Principal of SONAX USA. He also serves as Director of Deep Vein Coal Company, First Financial Corporation, Princeton Mining Company, R.J. Oil Company, and Vectren Corporation.

N. Gene Perkins is President of N.G. Perkins Co., Inc., a residential construction company headquartered in Greenwood, Indiana. He serves as a Trustee of the University of Indianapolis, and is a past board member of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Perkins is Past President of the Classic Car Club of America, and is a past President of the Classic Car Club of America Museum. He regularly serves as a Master Judge and/or Class Judge at the Pebble Beach International Concours d’ Elegance. A Packard expert and collector, Perkins brings a wealth of expertise to the Board on vintage passenger cars.

Howard L. Shearon, Treasurer of the Board, is a retired partner of Ernst & Young, LLP (Indianapolis) and has had extensive experience advising the motorsports industry on financial and accounting matters. His past clients include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Shearon was past Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company and also serves as a Trustee of Butler University. He served as a Director of the 500 Festival, for which he was interim Board President from 2002-03 and Board Chair from 2003-04.

Jeffrey B. Smith, Secretary of the Board, is President of 500 Automotive Group (a Chevrolet, Buick & GMC dealership in Clinton, Indiana), and serves as President, Investment Manager, and member of the Boards of Directors of Deep Vein Coal Company, Princeton Mining, and R.J. Oil Company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Morris Plan (a financial institution), and is a Founder and Principal of Fruitridge Development Company. Smith also serves his community as the Founder of 500 Museum of Wheels in Terre Haute, Indiana, and as a director of numerous non-profit boards in Terre Haute.

In addition to expanding its governing Board, the Foundation has added senior staff leadership by appointing Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith as its Executive Director. With a background of almost 15 years of business transactional, insurance, non-profit, and securities law as a partner at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, and almost 13 years of fundraising experience as the Director of Philanthropy of the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, she brings non-profit management, fundraising, and legal expertise to the Foundation. She also serves as a Director of Western & Southern Mutual Insurance Holding Company, a diversified financial services holding company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Smith joins Ellen Bireley, Museum Director and a Museum employee for more than 20 years, in taking steps to capitalize on the Museum’s extensive and valuable collections to educate the public about Indiana’s motorsports and automotive histories.

Hall of Fame Museum

The Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the top automotive museums in the United States, was first established in 1956 with about a dozen historical automobiles. Today, its collection includes more than 400 automobiles, of which about 75 are on display at any time. The vehicle holdings include Indianapolis 500 winners, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 pace cars, vintage passenger cars manufactured in Indiana and around the world, motorcycles, vehicles that once held world land speed records, NASCAR race cars and dragsters. The Museum also is home to the Borg Warner Trophy and other auto racing trophies from around the world, among other racing memorabilia. Its Auto Racing Hall of Fame has recognized and celebrated 148 leaders in American auto racing from 1952 to the present. As an independent, not-for-profit Section 501(c)(3) organization, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, d/b/a Hall of Fame Museum, is supported by revenue from museum admissions and tours, event fees, donations and sponsorships.

Chevrolet Camaros presented as 500 Festival cars; also available to public for first time ever

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 2, 2015 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet carried out a longtime tradition leading into the Month of May when the 33 directors of the 500 Festival received 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertibles on the main straightaway of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The presentation was made as part of a 100 Camaro drive-away where the 500 Festival directors, officials from Indianapolis Motor Speedway and 50 Indiana Chevrolet dealer representatives took possession of the cars and experienced a lap on the famed oval.

The “Festival cars” have reminded Indianapolis-area residents of the upcoming Indianapolis 500 since the 1960s, and this year’s fleet of unique Camaros will certainly turn heads as they are driven around Central Indiana.

“One sure thing that indicates the month of May is almost here is seeing the Indianapolis 500 Festival cars around the city and state for the first time,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “This year’s Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible is gorgeous and will definitely get fans geared up for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24. The distribution of Festival cars is a long-standing tradition and it’s one that definitely reinforces the strong relationship between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 500 Festival and Chevrolet.”

This year’s 500 Festival cars are based off the 2015 Camaro Commemorative Special Edition, which goes on sale this spring and is powered by a 400 hp 6.2L V-8 L99 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission with tap shift.

The exterior features of the Commemorative Edition include unique 20-inch wheels; exclusive stripe; body-color front splitter; ZL1 rear spoiler and Commemorative Edition fender emblems. The Festival cars feature a Summit White exterior with a black convertible top and adrenaline red and black leather interior. A black stripe with a red accent outline incorporates the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 graphic on the doors and includes the iconic IMS wing and wheel on the quarter panels.

Additionally, the 500 Festival Camaros will receive a unique array of accessories including a full body-colored ground effects package, red engine cover, and special floor mats.

For the first time ever, 50 additional special-edition Camaros have been provided to dealers across the state and are available for purchase. Several dealers within the networks of Central Indiana Chevrolet Dealers, Wabash Valley Chevy Dealers and Northern Indiana and Ohio Chevy dealers will be offering these distinctive vehicles in the metropolitan Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Fort Wayne areas respectively.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 are very special to Chevrolet, and we are proud to continue this longstanding tradition with the 500 Festival board members as they serve as ambassadors in their communities and use these special Camaros to generate excitement leading up to the race,” said Jeff Chew, Chevy Racing manager of strategic planning and operations. “In addition, we are excited to make available 50 of these special Camaros to local Chevrolet dealers for sale to the public.”

“As a nonprofit organization committed to enriching lives and celebrating the impact of the Indianapolis 500, our board members travel the state in the Festival cars, participating in various community outreach programs and in the numerous events we produce that draw in excess of 500,000 people annually,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO, the 500 Festival. “We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet and look forward to using the Festival cars to further promote the festivities of May.”

The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will take place on Sunday, May 24.

About Chevrolet:
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 99th Indianapolis 500, 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 at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown 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.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet Extend Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 2, 2015 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and long-standing partner Chevrolet have agreed to a multi-year extension of their partnership agreement.

Among the key elements of their partnership, Chevrolet will continue its role as an Official Sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the Crown Royal presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here 400” at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Chevrolet will provide the official cars and trucks along with the official safety vehicles for those three world-class IMS events, and will also provide the Official Pace Car for each race. The 2014 Indianapolis 500 marked the 25th time a Chevrolet has paced the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

A Chevrolet has also served as the official pace car for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 since 1994, leading the field to the green flag 21 times. At the inaugural Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible served as the official pace car for the first ever IndyCar road course race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet have over a century of history together and we’re delighted with the opportunity to continue that rich heritage,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Race fans will see Chevrolets all over IMS during the Month of May and also in July, where Chevy will continue to be the only car to ever lead the field at the Brickyard 400.”

“Chevrolet is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to continue its longstanding partnership with Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Jeff Chew, Chevrolet Racing’s Manager of Strategic Planning and Operations. “IMS has been a key partner of Chevrolet for many years. In addition to having a strong history of on-track achievement at IMS, Chevrolet has enjoyed significant off-track success interacting with the many passionate fans that visit the Speedway every year. For all of our Chevy teams and drivers, the strong Chevrolet presence at IMS makes a trip to Victory Lane even more special.”

The second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015, the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015, and the green flag will wave on Sunday, July 26, 2015, to start the 22nd Crown Royal presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

About Chevrolet:

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 99th Indianapolis 500, 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 at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown 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.

IMS Statement Regarding RFRA/legislation

Below is the IMS statement regarding RFRA/legislation:

“For 105 years the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has engaged millions who want to celebrate the true spirit of American racing. IMS will continue to warmly welcome all who share our enthusiasm for motorsports – employees, participants and fans.”

TSO NOTE:  This picture was also posted by IMS President Doug Boles to twitter.com:

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THE ROLLING STONES ZIP CODE TOUR COMING TO INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ON JULY 4

THE ROLLING STONES
ZIP CODE TOUR
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY – INDIANAPOLIS – JULY 4
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 13 AT 10AM LOCAL TIME
REMASTERED STICKY FINGERS TO BE RELEASED MAY 26
#StonesZip

March 31, 2015 – New York – Ladies and gentlemen… The Rolling Stones are back!  The band has announced that they will kick off their new 15-city North American stadium, ZIP CODE tour, in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park.  The band will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on July 4. The tour will make stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Detroit and Buffalo before wrapping in Quebec on July 15 at Le Festival D’Été de Québec.

Tickets and VIP packages for Indianapolis will go on sale Monday, April 13 at 10am local time.  For ticketing information please visit rollingstones.com.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginningWednesday, April 8 at 10am local through Sunday, April 12 at 10pm local for select markets.

“The Rolling Stones concert on July 4 will mark the first time the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted a concert on a non-race weekend,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “The biggest band in the world playing at the biggest sporting venue in the world will provide an unbelievable experience for our fans. It doesn’t get any better than the Rolling Stones on Fourth of July Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

“We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer!  We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.” – Mick Jagger

“We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America!  I can’t wait to get back on the stage!” – Keith Richards

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

The stage design for the stadium shows includes a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans.  Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show.

AEG Live’s Concerts West is the promoter of The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour.

The tour will also coincide with the Rolling Stones re-release of Sticky Fingers on May 26 by Universal Music. Sticky Fingers, one of the most revered albums from the Rolling Stones, is set to enthrall a new generation of fans in 2015. The 1971 classic features timeless tracks such as ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Bitch’ and ‘Dead Flowers’.  Sticky Fingers 2015, with its iconic zip cover, will be unveiled in a variety of formats. The deluxe editions include a generous selection of previously unreleased Stones studio outtakes from the Sticky Fingers sessions and stunning live performances from that time. These sought after tracks have never been available until this release.

Recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Olympic Studios in London, and produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, Sticky Fingers was released just before the Stones became tax exiles in the south of France, leaving Britain after a sensational farewell tour. It also featured some of the most ground breaking design in rock history, with its famous working zip on the front cover and artwork by Andy Warhol.

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’Été de Québec*
*wristbands will go on sale at 12pm local time on Saturday, April 11

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Kaskade, Steve Aoki and A-Trak to perform in Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite

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Kaskade, Steve Aoki and A-Trak to perform in Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, March 16, 2015 – World-renowned electronic DJs and producers Kaskade, Steve Aoki, and A-Trak will perform in the Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite during the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We’ve seen a renewed popularity in the Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite in the past few years and our younger fans really enjoy the direction in which it’s been going,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Kaskade, Steve Aoki, and A-Trak are among the world’s leading electronic music artists, and combining their talents with the other entertainment we have planned will make our Snake Pit the place to be for the most entertaining party in Indianapolis this year.”

In an effort to enhance the Snake Pit’s reputation of securing top talent and to further its growth, IMS partnered with React Presents, the leading electronic concert and festival promoter in the Midwest, to produce the event. React Presents is a full service club, concert and festival promotion company based in Chicago. React Presents produces Spring Awakening Music Festival, Summer Set Music & Camping Festival, North Coast Music Festival, and hundreds of events in the Midwest each year.

Crowned by the New York Times as “the new face of electronic dance music,” Kaskade formed the groundwork for a titanic musical and cultural shift creating a post-rock electronic music revolution that has captured the imagination of a new generation of fans across North America.

In 2011, Kaskade earned his first Grammy nomination for his double-album Fire & Ice, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic albums chart. He would later release his well-received eighth studio album Atmosphere in 2013, which scored 12 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, meriting Kaskade his second and third Grammy nominations for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album. The two-time “America’s Best DJ” title-holder has created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lana Del Rey to Beyoncé.

Kaskade closed out the 2014 concert season having performed and headlined at more than 100 shows and festivals. He’s brought his deep-euphoric tunes to the masses averaging 17,000 fans per arena-sized show spanning six continents in more than 45 countries. Kaskade’s live shows are a jaw-dropping spectacle with him performing in front of massive LED screens broadcasting evocative images synced with the music in meaning and tone, while strobe lights scan the crowd.

Steve Aoki is a Grammy Award-nominated, gold-selling artist and producer, who incites quite a bit of movement with packed headlining shows and festival appearances.

Millions of fans responded to Aoki’s 2014 studio album Neon Future 1, featuring a wondrous and wild cross section of genres. The album catapulted to No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart, No. 4 on the Independent Albums Chart and No. 13 on the Digital Albums Chart. The single “Delirious (Boneless)” with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink, achieved gold status as certified by the RIAA and “Rage the Night Away” (Feat. Waka Flocka Flame) appeared in theatrical trailers for the dance film Step Up: All In as well as Unfinished Business.

Aoki’s latest album release, Neon Future II, fuels his latest revolution, bookending the journey he began with Neon Future 1, while opening up the skies for more progression. He first ignites this ride with “Time Capsule (Intro),” where swirling synths propel an engaging and entrancing opener bolstered by cinematic and spacey soundscapes. Aoki taps the talents of the legendary Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) for an electrified reggae and rap banger “Youth Dem Turn Up,” emitting cosmic fumes worth huffing over and over again. Elsewhere, Matthew Koma lends his smooth and slick croon to the dance floor-ready bounce of “Hysteria.”

At a time when DJs sit firmly at the center of popular culture, A-Trak stands out as the MVP, and the key participant who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket.

After spending years as Kanye West’s tour DJ and confidant, A-Trak founded the celebrated record label Fool’s Gold Records in 2007 and developed the careers of numerous artists, including Danny Brown, Chromeo, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, and many more.

A Grammy-nominated producer from Montreal, Canada, A-Trak was a ’90s turntable prodigy. As a teenager, he won every DJ title known to man, starting with the 1997 DMC World Championships and holding a record-breaking five titles by the time he was 18.

A-Trak hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble.

Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite tickets are available for purchase for all Indianapolis 500 ticket holders. General admission tickets to the Snake Pit are available beginning at $15 in addition to VIP tickets offering admission to the Serpent Lounge starting at $60. VIP amenities will include access to a raised viewing platform located side stage, a private cash bar, private restrooms, video boards with live race coverage and access to viewing mounds. Snake Pit tickets do not include gate admission.

For Snake Pit wristbands and more information, visit www.indy500snakepit.com.

The 2015 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for noon (ET) on Sunday, May 24.

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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 99th Indianapolis 500, 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 at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown 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.

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