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  • Kid Rock in concert during Brickyard weekend: Multi-platinum award-winning rock 'n' roll icon Kid Rock will be in concert on July 23 during the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His high-octane Saturday night performance will take place in the IMS infield following the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 race. The Michigan native played at IMS in 2007 on Miller Lite Carb Day during the Indianapolis 500, and is now returning for one of the crown jewel weekends on the NASCAR calendar. Acclaimed country rockers Parmalee will be the opening act for this can't miss event. General admission tickets for Saturday's race and the Kid Rock Concert at The Brickyard are $30 through July 8. After July 9, the price increases to $40. Current ticketholders to any IMS event can purchase a GA Saturday ticket and front-stage pit access for $85 through a pre-sale which runs until June 15. Kid Rock, whose musical styles range from hip-hop and rock to heavy metal and country, has sold more than 26 million albums around the world.(IMS)(6-9-2016)

  • IMS announces spectacular holiday event: 'Lights at the Brickyard' coming in 2016: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring new levels of cheer to this holiday season with a spectacular "Lights at the Brickyard" seasonal event. Attendees will experience more than 40 scenes filled with 400 light displays along a 1.7-mile driving experience, which includes crossing the famous "Yard of Bricks" at IMS. In addition to the Lights at the Brickyard driving experience, other out-of-car holiday festivities and attractions will be offered for families to complete their adventure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dates are subject to change, but the event is tentatively scheduled to run from Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Exhibits will include festive holiday celebrations as well as racing-themed installations throughout the iconic venue. IMS has partnered with Winterland Inc., an international leader in holiday light installations and events to deliver the thrilling experience. Early-bird tickets will start at just $20 per car and will be available at a later date on www.IMS.com, or by calling the IMS ticket office. A $40 early-bird pass will provide expedited passage into the event. Prices will eventually increase to $30 and $60 for each.(IMS)(5-26-2016)

  • Roger Penske to drive Indy 500 pace car: The winningest person in Indianapolis 500 history will be the celebrity pace car driver for next month's Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske never drove to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, he never drove an Indy car there at all, deferring his chance to take a rookie test in 1964. Another hotshot eventually got that opportunity. Perhaps you've heard of Mario Andretti. But Penske went on to grow his automotive business into a global leader, and excel on the track he won races at a staggering rate. His record collection of Indianapolis 500 trophies stands at 16 - and likely counting. He has four drivers set for a chance at victory lane again this year, but this time he will literally and figuratively lead them there. This will be his first chance to drive the pace car, and it comes in the 50th anniversary of Penske Racing's formation. Penske won his first 500 with Mark Donohue in 1972 and last year's race with Juan Pablo Montoya. In between were some of the greatest drivers IndyCar has ever known: Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr. In all, 11 drivers have a spot on the Borg-Warner Trophy thanks to Penske and his staff. No other team owner has won the 500 more than five times. Penske will drive a Chevrolet, whose officials recommended him for the honor. Chevrolet will provide the pace car for a record 27th time and 14th in succession.(Indianapolis Star)(4-15-2016)

  • Nominate your hero for naming rights to the Brickyard 400: Nominate your hero for naming rights to the 2016 Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard race scheduled to be held at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, IN (July 24, 2016) by writing an essay in 100 words or less. All entries must be received by end of the day on February 28, 2016. Finalists will be announced on or about March 28, 2016. Each finalist will be highlighted on NASCAR.com or a Crown Royal digital property and consumers will have a chance to vote for their favorite entry at NASCAR.com. Voting will begin on March 28, 2016 and will end on May 31, 2016. More details, contest rules and information at yourherosnamehere.nascar.com or on Jayski.com's Contest page.(1-4-2016)

  • Brickyard 400 Tickets on sale: Tickets are now on sale for a sure-to-be legendary and historic season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans who have not already pre-ordered tickets can visit the IMS ticket office or IMS.com to purchase their seats for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and an action-packed slate of Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR and vintage racing at IMS. In July, the stars of stock car racing will arrive for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 23 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on July 24. Columbus native and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart will compete for his last chance to kiss the world-famous Yard of Bricks. More info at indianapolismotorspeedway.com (IMS)(12-16-2015)

  • Kyle Busch wins at Indianapolis: #18-Kyle Busch won the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st win at Indianapolis, and 33rd career win. It his 3rd win in a row and 4th win in the last five races. It is also Toyota's first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and breaks a 12 race winning streak for Chevy.
    The race ended under a green-white-checkered finish after a late caution when #6-Bayne spun.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #42-Larson, and #2-Keselowski
    Harvick's driver points lead is unchanged, he's 69 points ahead of #22-Logano.
    Pole sitter #19-Edwards ran near the front most of the day, but go loose on a late restart and fell back into traffic. He finished 13th.
    #24-Gordon, making his final Brickyard start, spun out and hit the wall. He had to go to the garage for repairs and finished 42nd.
    Busch is now 32nd in the points standings and just 23 points out of 30th. He must be in the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase. He now needs around a 24th place average finish to make the top 30 in the 6 remaining races before the Chase begins.
    There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 131.656mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2015)

  • Women's World Cup Champion Lauren Holiday to drive Pace Car at Brickyard: Indianapolis native Lauren Holiday, a midfielder on the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup-winning U.S. National soccer team, will drive the Chevy SS pace car to start Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Holiday attended Ben Davis High School and has played on U.S. National teams for a decade. She has won two Olympic gold medals and has played in two World Cups. In the United States' 5-2 win over Japan in the championship match on July 5, she scored a goal. This is Holiday's first public appearance in Indiana since the World Cup. The SS continues Chevrolet's tradition of pacing races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS has been led by a Chevrolet, dating to the first Brickyard 400 in 1994.(IMS)(7-26-2015)

  • Rule package specifics for Indy: At Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, NASCAR will debut its second track-specific rule package of the season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series package planned for Indianapolis includes a 43-inch radiator pan (increased from 38 inches), a two-inch splitter leading edge, a one-inch wicker bill and nine-inch spoiler (increased from six inches). The increased downforce adds drag to the car and creates a larger draft window in the back.
    For Indianapolis, teams will be allowed to change their engines prior to qualifying and data will be permitted at practice. A single gear will be used, but teams will bring four different gears. NASCAR will determine which gear is needed after practice. Teams will start on a 3.70 gear.
    The Indianapolis rule package differs from the first track-specific rule package used this season at Kentucky which created lower downforce. The modifications helped produce a track-record 22 green-flag passes for the lead and a total of 2,665 green-flag passes overall.(NASCAR)(7-23-2015)

  • Pickler to sing National Anthem at Indianapolis: Country music sensation Kellie Pickler will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies at the 22nd annual Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 26, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After first gaining fame as a 19-year-old contestant on the fifth season of "American Idol," Pickler has gone on to achieve tremendous success as a country music performer, recording artist and songwriter. In 2006, Pickler signed with 19 Recordings/BNA Records and released her debut album, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell more than 900,000 copies worldwide and produced three hit singles: "Red High Heels," "I Wonder" and "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind." She followed that in 2008 with her self-titled sophomore record, featuring country radio hits "Don't You Know You're Beautiful," "Best Days of Your Life" (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10) and "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You." Pickler is also an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having recently completed her eighth USO Tour in December 2014.(IMS)(7-21-2015)

  • Superspeedway qualifying format to be uses at Indy, Michigan: NASCAR officials told NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams on Wednesday that it plans to use the superspeedway qualifying format at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend and Michigan International Speedway next month. Beginning in May at Talladega Superspeedway, there were two rounds of qualifying with drivers turning one timed lap. The top 12 advanced to the final round. Each driver took a warm-up lap, the timed lap and a cool-down lap before returning to pit road. Last weekend, the format was scheduled to be run by the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, but rain forced the field to be set per the rule book by practice speeds.
    Based on a random draw at Indianapolis, vehicles will line up on pit road for the first round -- rather than nose in or nose out in a pit stall -- and NASCAR will release drivers at a predetermined interval. The sanctioning body reserves the right to have more than one vehicle on track at a time. It's likely that two vehicles will be on track at the same time, but the second vehicle won't impede or help the one it follows on track. Following each lap, NASCAR will impound vehicles, and there will be a 10-minute break between rounds. Only during that break may teams make adjustments, and they will only be allowed to adjust tape and use a cool-down unit at that time. The final round qualifying order will be set from slowest to fastest speeds in the first round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in that second session.(NASCAR.com)(7-15-2015)

  • New rule changes announced for several tracks: A low downforce rules package similar to that scheduled for use by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams this weekend at Kentucky Speedway will be run in September at Darlington Raceway, according to Steve O'Donnell, Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer for the sanctioning body. In addition, teams will compete with a higher drag rules package at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this month as well as Michigan International Speedway in August and Richmond International Raceway. This weekend's Kentucky aero package features a shorter spoiler (reduced from 6 inches to 3-1/2 inches) and a splitter extension panel (radiator pan) reduction from 38 inches to 25 inches. The splitter will have 1-3/4 inches less overhang that what has previously been used this season. Combined, the aero changes are expected to lessen the amount of downforce on the cars by approximately 1,000 pounds.
    While the Darlington setup will be similar to that slated for this weekend's Quaker State 400, there are differences. The spoiler will be 3-1/2 (instead of 3 inches) inches and the splitter will feature a 1/4-inch leading edge. There is no change in the size of the splitter extension panel (25 inches).
    Although the tires used this weekend at Kentucky were not tested at the 1.5-mile track with the lower downforce platform during an April tire test, Goodyear officials were able to determine a tire for the Darlington package during a one-day test last week with drivers #14-Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing), #20-Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing) and #2-Brad Keselowski (Team Penske).
    For Indy and Michigan, the aero package will feature a 9-inch spoiler and 1-inch wicker bill; a rear fascia extension panel similar to that currently used for superspeedway events; a 2-inch leading edge on the splitter; and a 43-inch splitter extension panel.
    Richmond will use a new tire. There are no scheduled aero changes for the upcoming race at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the start of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, however Goodyear will not return with a multi-zone tread compound tire that had been used there recently. The changes are not currently scheduled for use at any tracks hosting Chase races.(NASCAR.com)(7-7-2013)

  • U.S. Marine announced as official namesake of Brickyard 400: When tens of thousands of race fans visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of NASCAR's biggest races of the summer, one name will stick out among the rest. Come Race Day, not only will fans recognize the name within the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 race title, but they will also understand the reason why Jeff Kyle is being honored as an American hero. On Thursday in his home state, during a special reveal event at the Texas Rangers game, Kyle was announced as the winner of Crown Royal Canadian Whisky's annual "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a deserving hero. As the program winner, Kyle's name will be incorporated into the official race title, the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Kyle, of Lorena, Texas, was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Africa while serving in the military for eight years. During his time with the 3rd Marine Division, Kyle received the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters. After leaving the military, Sergeant Kyle has dedicated his life to helping his fellow servicemen and women through his tireless efforts to bring awareness to veterans' needs. Kyle advocates for veterans across the nation and provides support through his involvement with a handful of organizations.
    A board member of the Guardian For Heroes Foundation, Kyle oversees the stewardship of the charity which provides free, in-home fitness equipment, health club memberships, personal training, life coaching and support for the disabled. He also plays a large role with American Valor, the foundation which runs the memorial benefit to honor his brother, CPO and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. In addition, Kyle is one of the founders of Texas Elite Tactical Academy and trains individuals about firearms safety through his passion to educate those in a safe environment.
    "Honestly, I don't feel like I'm deserving of this recognition," said Kyle of being named the winner of the 2015 "Your Hero's Name Here" program. "My true service to this country didn't begin until I got out of the military and I'm proud to be in the position I am."
    Thursday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, over 29,000 fans witnessed the announcement of Kyle as the 2015 "Your Hero's Name Here" winner as the official race logo incorporating his name was unveiled during the pregame festivities. As Kyle made his way to the mound to throw the honorary first pitch, the logo was displayed across every screen within the stadium.
    After the monumental moment, Kyle was greeted off the field by his closest family and friends who surprised him in celebration of the honor, alongside representatives from Crown Royal and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle's wife and parents were in attendance, as well as Kyle's personal hero and nominator for the program, 2014 "Your Hero's Name Here" race namesake and Green Beret John Wayne Walding. "Jeff has made his sacrifice time and time again, whether he's serving his country overseas, locally or nationally," Walding said. "After everything he has done living his life for others, having something that is just for him will be really special."
    This will mark the ninth time the Crown Royal brand has awarded NASCAR race naming rights to an adult fan. After receiving hundreds of entries during the nomination period, five heroes were chosen as finalists and adult fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor. In addition to Kyle, program finalists included: Benjamin Parker, retired Army Staff Sergeant from Cincinnati, Ohio; Hector Manley, community leader from Bonita Springs, Florida; Brendan Marrocco, retired Army Sergeant from Staten Island, New York; and Margy Bons, founder of the Military Assistance Mission from Phoenix, Arizona.
    "Jeff Kyle's dedication to helping veterans in Texas and across the country is a testament to his selfless nature," said Matt Pechman, Brand Director for Crown Royal Canadian Whisky. "The race on July 26 will mark a special event for Kyle as he'll experience his first NASCAR race in an incredibly unique way - as the namesake!"
    As the "Your Hero's Name Here" winner, Kyle will receive the ultimate VIP race weekend, including garage tours and pace car rides before delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane. Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.(IMS)(6-26-2015)

  • Indianapolis officials planning to renovate track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Officials are planning to renovate the historic track in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next May. That doesn't leave a lot of time, given that there are races scheduled at the Brickyard in July and August and the construction won't begin until after those are run. "It's intensive," Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said. "There's some things that we can do in the beginning stage to get ready, but basically all of this work has to be done from the end of this racing season this year before May of 2016. It's a lot of work to do." The next phase of this roughly $90 million project will improve gateway entrances, grandstand seating, and the overall fan experience. It's all part of a broader plan to modernize the facilities. Upgrades started last offseason with the installation of large, high-definition video boards and a new LED scoring pylon on the main straightaway - all part of the track's historic image that officials are trying to preserve. Now the plan is to replace the upper-deck bench seating in the front straight with seats with backs and add better wireless internet capabilities. An estimated five elevators will be added, too, for better handicapped accessibility to the sections overlooking the area between the start-finish line and the first turn of the 2.5-mile oval. Miles also said there are plans to change some suites near the fourth turn to give them a more club-level feel. The track's entrance gateways will receive a makeover, too, including the gate between the first turn and the street outside the ticket office. Both entrances will have large, colored pylons and a structural look that gives the entrance a historic feel.(Associated Press)(IMS)(5-18-2015)

  • Vote for a Deserving Hero to receive naming rights to Brickyard 400: One of five finalists will receive naming rights to the 2015 Brickyard 400. Select a story at CrownRoyalHeroes.com to learn more about these deserving heroes and vote for the one whose name you'd like to see in lights at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Voting is allowed once per day and ends June 7th. As the grand prize winner of Crown Royal's annual "Your Hero's Name Here" program, a deserving hero's name will be etched in history with naming rights to the NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26th, 2015. This race will mark the ninth time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan. The program focuses on all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers to first responders and local volunteers. Every year five heroic finalists are nominated and through consumer voting, one winner is chosen to have their name cemented in sports history. Beginning this week, adult consumers can go to CrownRoyalHeroes.com to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of naming rights to the race. Voting runs through June 7th and the grand prize winner will be announced early that month. All five finalists will be flown to Indianapolis to attend the race, and the grand prize winner will be provided with an once-in-a-lifetime experience, which will include delivering the trophy bearing his or her moniker to the race winner in Victory Lane. The five finalists:
    Jeff Kyle - Retired U.S. Marine Corp Sergeant
    Margy Bons - Community Leader
    Brendan Marrocco - Retired Army Sergeant
    Hector Manley - Community Leader
    Benjamin Parker - Retired Army Staff Sergeant.(Crown Royal)(5-13-2015)

  • Jeff Gordon to Drive Indianapolis 500 Pace Car: Indiana racing legend and five-time Brickyard champion #24-Jeff Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car to kick off the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, on May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana, is no stranger to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the first NASCAR race in the history of the famed 2.5-mile oval - the 1994 Brickyard 400 - and has won four more times, including last year. His 2014 victory made him the first five-time Brickyard champion and the only five-time winner of a major race on the IMS oval. Gordon's drive will mark the 13th time a Corvette has been the official pace car, dating to 1978, and the 26th time a Chevrolet has led the pack for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Corvette has served as the pace car more than any other vehicle in the race's history. "It's great to have Jeff Gordon serve as this year's pace car driver," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. "He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike. It will be very special to have Jeff lead the Indy 500 field to the green flag, behind the wheel of the most powerful and capable production car ever from Chevrolet - on a day he'll also be competing in the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte."(IMS)(4-29-2015)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet extend partnership: 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. 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.(IMS)(4-6-2015)

  • The Rolling Stones to play at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Rolling Stones 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 beginning Wednesday, 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."(IMS)(4-4-2015)

  • Statement from NASCAR about the Indiana Legislation: NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes: "NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race."(NASCAR)
    The legislation passed in Indiana is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which takes effect July 1, would prohibit laws that "substantially burden" a person's freedom of religion unless the government can prove a compelling interest in imposing that burden.(USA Today). More information about the legislation can be found at ABC News, ESPN, theatlantic.com, weeklystandard.com, NBC News and be searched for online.(3-31-2015)

  • IMS considering hotel in turn 2: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway wants to build a 125-room hotel with apartments and a restaurant along Turn 2 of the track. Local developer Browning Investments Inc., on behalf of the IMS, put out requests for proposals, which were due March 20. How much interest the RFP generated from developers, or what timing might be for construction, is unclear. IMS President Doug Boles declined to discuss specifics. "We're in exploratory mode," he told Property Lines. "We'll sort that out in the next coming weeks, or months." But judging from the RFP, it seems IMS is operating on a pretty aggressive timetable. "The IMS would like construction to commence as soon as feasible," the RFP states. IMS wants to have new or renovated Turn 2 VIP suites completed in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next year, with completion of the hotel to follow by May 2017, according to the RFP. The hotel also could include an unspecified number of apartments and leverage other entertainment opportunities at the track such as a golf-pro shop and clubhouse to complement the Brickyard Crossing golf course, the RFP said. It must offer at least 10,000 square feet of meeting space. A new hotel would bring overnight lodging back to the track. IMS in 2009 tore down the aging Indianapolis Speedway Hotel that was located along Turn 2.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(3-27-2015)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway adding SAFER barriers: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials plan to install 1,560 additional feet of SAFER barriers at the 2.5-mile facility before on-track activities commence in May for the Indianapolis 500. IMS, which was the first to install the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction system in 2002, will add protection, track president Doug Boles said, around sections of a curved wall that serves as an emergency vehicle entrance point on the backstretch and in the short chute, to the drivers' left, between Turns 3 and 4. The upgrades, Boles said, had been planned before but expedited in the wake of Kyle Busch sustaining a compound fracture of the right leg and breaking left foot while slamming into an uncushioned concrete wall at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener in February. Construction is underway on the additions at IMS, Boles said. The facility currently utilizes around 9,000 feet of SAFER barriers, he said.(USA Today)(3-24-2015)

  • 2015 Crown Royal presents 400 date set for July 26th: The 2015 Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, the marquee event of the annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, will take place on Sunday, July 26, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard is the 20th of 36 points races on the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule, released Tuesday [August 26th] by NASCAR. Pittsboro, Indiana's Jeff Gordon made history in July by winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS for the fifth time - more than any other driver. Gordon now stands with Michael Schumacher - a five-time winner of the Formula One United States Grand Prix - as the only drivers to win five major races at IMS. Gordon will defend his title next July against competition expected to include four-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson and fan favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick. In addition to the 22nd annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, IMS will host the fourth annual Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 25. Fans may apply now for 2015 Kroger Super Weekend tickets. When tickets go on sale this fall, fans will 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.(IMS)(8-26-2014)

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season. It is his 90th career win, only the third driver ever to win 90 career Cup races. It is the fifth win for Gordon at Indianapolis breaking a tie for Sprint Cup Series wins at Indy with #48-Johnson.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne (led most laps with 70), #22-Logano, #42-Larson(best rookie), #4-Harvick (pole sitter), #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #3-Dillon.
    Pole winner #4-Harvick led 12 laps and finished 8th.
    #24-Gordon (2 wins) keeps the points lead after winning the race and adds to his lead points lead, up to 24 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr..
    #2-Keselowski leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and 3rd in points followed by #48-Johnson with 3 wins, 5th in points.
    There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 4 cautions for 16 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 150.297mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Indianapolis Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Indianapolis Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-27-2014)

  • The Brickyard is the home of champions. Or is it?: Heading into the 20th anniversary of NASCAR racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, legendary names have conquered more often than not. For instance:
    - 15 of the 20 races have been won by past, future or reigning series champions.
    - 8 winners have gone on to win that year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
    - Three NASCAR Hall of Famers have won: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett (twice) and Bill Elliott (and three others, at least, will undoubtedly one day be enshrined: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart).
    Lately, those facts above have been turned on their head. The recent winners list includes names like #1-Jamie McMurray, #27-Paul Menard and #31-Ryan Newman, all of whom are winless in 2014.(NASCAR Wire Service)(7-27-2014)

  • Race winner to receive special award: The winner of the 21st Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com at IMS on Sunday, July 27, will not only receive the requisite fame and glory associated with winning one of the world's most prestigious auto races, he or she will also be the recipient of a special award. A Big Machine Records trophy guitar featuring artwork from Sam Bass, the officially licensed artist of NASCAR, will be presented to the winner of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at IMS. The guitar features the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Yard of Bricks, the official logo of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, two Big Machine Records logos and gold hardware. The guitar comes with a silver case featuring a checkered flag shroud covering the guitar. The trophy guitar is a hand-selected Gibson Les Paul Standard featuring custom silver hi-gloss paint and several coats of silver, gold and purple metal flake over original Sam Bass artwork. "I am extremely honored to have been asked by Big Machine Records to bring back my hand painted Gibson guitar trophies," Bass said. "To have them be a part of the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard trophy presentation just means the world to me. I am extremely excited about the trophy artwork, and think the race winner will be proud to have it in their trophy case for sure." Similar guitars will also be presented to Big Machine Records country music superstars Justin Moore, The Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert, who will perform along with additional Big Machine Records artists during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard in the IMS infield on the Brickfest Music Festival Stage.(IMS)(7-27-2014)

  • More Brickyard 400 Facts:
    * Both #48-Jimmie Johnson and #24-Jeff Gordon will be looking for their 5th win at the track, which will tie them with Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher for the most wins at Indianapolis in major races.
    * Jimmie Johnson finished 42nd in each of the last two races, matching his career-worst finish. In his first 452 career Sprint Cup starts, he finished 42nd just twice. He's won 4 of the last 8 Brickyard 400s.
    * This race could be a good indicator of who's going to win the title. In 40% of the past Brickyard 400s (8 of 20), the race winner went on to win the championship.
    * In three of the last four years, the driver who won this race entered 18th or lower in points, including Ryan Newman last year, who came in 19th. In the first 16 runnings of this race, every driver who won entered this race in the top 10 in points, with the lowest points position being Jeff Gordon in 1994 (10th).(ESPN)(7-26-2014)

  • Indy encourages fans to use 'Know Your Zones' routes & parking: Race fans looking for the most efficient ways to avoid heavy traffic en route to the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend and the 21st running of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 on Sunday, July 27, are encouraged to follow the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's KNOW YOUR ZONE driving routes and parking program. Fans should plan their routes ahead of time for an easier, more efficient drive to the track. In its third year, the KNOW YOUR ZONE program is designed to help Speedway guests identify the best driving routes to parking lots located near their respective seating locations. With the track opening at 6:00am on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Day on Sunday and the race beginning at 1:00pm, officials suggest fans arrive in Marion County no later than 8:00am to ensure arriving to IMS in time to experience all the traditional pre-race activities, the Brickfest Music Festival featuring great live country music headlined by Brantley Gilbert and the start of the race. "All Roads Lead to Indy" driving routes have been created by the Indiana State Police and match KNOW YOUR ZONE colors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
    "Orange: The southern end of IMS.
    "Red: The northern end of IMS.
    "Green : Between the Orange (southern) and Red (northern) zones.
    For more information about the KNOW YOUR ZONE program, including details about special ticket and parking packages, visit www.ims.com/knowyourzone.
    Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT's TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. Fans also can learn more about Race Day traffic tips at www.in.gov/isp/2967.htm. IMS will enforce its one cooler-per-person rule, and the size of each cooler can be no larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches. Coolers may be hard-or soft-sided. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.
    All infield parking permits for fans for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 27, must be purchased in advance, with entry by pre-paid permit only. Holders of those permits are recommended to enter through Gate 2 (Tunnel 2) off 16th Street. As a reminder, motorists traveling east on 16th Street will not be allowed to turn left into Gate 2. All pre-paid permits should be clearly displayed at all times to expedite traffic.
    Turn 3 reserved infield parking passes are on sale for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, and are ideal for all fans looking to park inside the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and enjoy tailgating. Front-row parking spaces are available for $75 each, with additional general parking spaces available for $25 each. All passes must be pre-purchased prior to Race Day at the main IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building.
    A limited number of reserved parking spaces for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday in the Lot 7 (North 40) parking lot are available for $25 each and can be purchased in person at the IMS Ticket Office, by calling (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or by visiting www.ims.com/tickets. Limited free parking on Race Day is also available in Lot 7 on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Free parking will be available outside the oval for fans attending all IMS events in 2014, with access to lots from both eastbound and westbound 30th Street.
    Vehicles traveling west on 30th Street from Lafayette Road will be routed into Gate 10 until the area is full, then westbound traffic will be diverted to Lot 1C (Coke Lot), west of Georgetown Road. Vehicles traveling east on 30th Street from Moller Road will be routed into Lot 1C.
    Recreational vehicles and buses, with the exception of those with proper placards or credentials, will not be allowed inside IMS property. Sufficient parking is available for oversize vehicles in Lot 1C. For information on general parking restrictions for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, visit: Town of Speedway Parking Restrictions.
    Follow these recommended routes for limited free parking via 30th Street (Lot 1C and Gate 10).
    From I-465 : Use Exit 17 (38th Street) and proceed east (turn right form northbound, turn left from southbound) on 38th Street, turn south (right) on Moller Road, turn east (left) on 30th Street, the Lot entrances are on the right.Free parking will be available outside the oval for fans attending all IMS events in 2014, with access to lots from both eastbound and westbound 30th Street.
    From Southbound I-65: Use Exit 119 (38th Street) and proceed to the Kessler Boulevard North Drive exit, turn south (right) on Kessler Boulevard North Drive, turn west (right) onto 30th Street, Gate 10 or Lot 1C will be on the left.
    From Northbound I-65: Use Exit 116 (29th/30th Street) and proceed straight past 29th Street, turn west (left) on 30th Street, Gate 10 or Lot 1C is on the left. From I-70 West of Indianapolis (Eastbound): Use Exit 69 (I-465 North/I-74 West) and follow I-465 directions seen above.
    From I-70 East of Indianapolis (Westbound): Use Exit 83B (I-65 North toward Chicago), Merge onto I-65 North, use Exit 116 (30th Street), continue straight, turn west (left) on 30th Street, continue west on 30th Street, the entrance is on the left.
    In an effort to increase the safety and security of race patrons, Georgetown Road will be closed between 16th Street on the south and 25th Street on the north beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Brickyard 400 race morning to all vehicular traffic. After Georgetown Road is closed, no vehicular traffic, including placarded traffic, will be allowed to access the roadway. Those race patrons with placards who are accustom to entering IMS Gate 7 will have to enter through Gate 2 (W. 16th Street) or Gate 10 (30th Street). Local residents who reside on this stretch of Georgetown Road are encouraged to make provisions for this temporary traffic restriction as vehicles will not be permitted to access Georgetown Road from McCray Street, 24th Street, and all other access points in this area.
    The second notable change involves the reopening of Georgetown Road after the race is complete. Georgetown Road will remain closed to vehicular traffic until the vast majority of race pedestrian foot traffic clears from the roadway (approximately 1 hour after the race).
    An additional thoroughfare that will be closed during the running of the Brickyard 400 will be 16th Street between Olin Avenue on the east to Georgetown Road on the west from noon until the end of the race. In addition, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, which will be closed at 10th Street.
    All traffic traveling east on Crawfordsville Road from the west will be turned around at Georgetown Road. Traffic traveling west on 16th Street from downtown will be diverted south on Olin Avenue.
    Fans leaving IMS following all races during the Kroger Super Weekend should be aware that whatever direction they are sent, they will never be more than 1 to 4 miles away from a main interstate artery. Officers will direct traffic in the quickest, most efficient way and may suddenly change routes due to traffic congestion. Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT's TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. ISP will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter and Facebook.
    A series of eight videos showing fans the best routes to access various parking lots from all directions for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard is available at www.ims.com/how2park. Each video offers step-by-step instructions, featuring audio and Google Earth maps.
    Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues on NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Day on Sunday by using the shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System and Star of Americas' Park-N-Ride Shuttle. Online advance registration for bus service from three downtown locations and the Indianapolis International Airport is available at: www.brickyard400parking.com. All taxis will drop off customers at Main Street and Gilman Street just south of IMS. Following the race, all taxis will stage at Main and Gilman to pick up customers.
    2014 Kroger Super Weekend tickets: Ticket orders for the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-25-2014)

  • IMS Brickfest Music Festival Schedule: Great NASCAR racing and many of country music's most highly acclaimed artists will take center stage during the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. An award-winning list of Big Machine Label Group country music artists, including headliners Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and Justin Moore, will perform at the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at IMS. All performances will take place on the Brickfest Music Festival Stage on the north end of the IMS infield and are free with admission to the track for each day. See the Brickfest Music Festival schedule at IMS.com.
    Ticket orders for the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-25-2014)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway introduces New Scoring Pylon: When a race goes green at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a lot more fans are going to know it instantly. The third-generation scoring pylon was unveiled Tuesday on the main straightaway and among the many tricks on the full-LED-paneled pylon is the ability to completely flash with green lights. Or yellow. Or with an American flag look for pre-race. And then, in a blink, the 92-foot, 4-inch pylon can look just like the one that was removed last month after 20 years of service, documenting the lap count and running order of 33 cars on the track. "We wanted to generate more information, to give more information to the fans in their seats," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. "That old pylon was iconic, so we wanted to make sure the size was similar - we're about two feet taller and three inches wider (with the new pylon) - but we wanted the ability to light it like everybody's used to, especially for the Indianapolis 500." For the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400, the pylon can display the top 10 on the track while also circulating through spots 11 through 43. It can also provide enhanced stats information like lap times, miles per hour and time behind the leader.
    Needless to say, that's a far cry from the pylon erected in 1994 that stood sentry over the first 20 Brickyard 400s, two decades of Indianapolis 500s and other events. That pylon, powered by 6,496 30-watt light bulbs, could only display basic race scoring with a space at the top for race logos. The new pylon can fully light up with "Indianapolis Motor Speedway," race logos or other digital artwork. The possibilities are considerable. "I think the fans, even fans that are a little concerned about it, are going to find that we've done a great job of paying real close attention to our tradition but also giving them something that makes their experience here at the Speedway better," Boles said. Looking at the new Panasonic-built model, it's hard to fathom the first IMS pylon that went up in 1959 and was manually operated. More than a half-century later, the pylon now has animation and video capabilities. And the enhancements at IMS won't stop there. Boles added that in the coming year, video boards around the track will be added that have the same digital capabilities.(IMS)(7-23-2014)

  • Hauler parade kicks off events at Indianapolis: The third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard will begin with the fun and excitement of the sixth annual Hauler Parade on Thursday, July 24 on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. The event will take place from 5:00-8:00pm. Admission is free. A parade of more than 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will arrive on Main Street starting at 6:00pm. Haulers will then park on Main Street between 10th and 15th Streets, giving fans an up-close look. Legendary NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett will be the grand marshal of the Hauler Parade. Another featured guest will be retired Green Beret John Wayne Walding of Little Elm, Texas, the hero who received naming rights to the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint cup race Sunday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Walding will be incorporated into a series of VIP activities throughout the race weekend that also will honor America's unsung heroes. Also appearing at the Hauler Parade on Main Street in Speedway will be Miss Coors Light and Miss Sprint Cup. Fans also can watch the haulers parade north on Main Street and east on 16th Street at 7:55pm, as they depart the Hauler Parade single-file and enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-20-2014)

  • 20 years at the Brickyard: It'll be here before you know it, and it'll be a big one ... one of the biggest on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule - the Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. At one of the world's most iconic sporting venues - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 43 drivers will vie for the honor of participating in one of the sport's most unique celebrations. That, of course, is kissing the Yard of Bricks. A few notes whet the Indy appetite before going full throttle next week.
    * It's the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Brickyard 400, won by Jeff Gordon, who's still the youngest winner ever there at 23 years, 2 days.
    * It's the place of championships - 15 of the 20 winners are either past, reigning or future series champions. That includes NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jarrett and 2015 inductee Bill Elliott.
    * Eight times, the winner of the Brickyard race went on to win that year's championship. Those wins are split among five champions - Jimmie Johnson (three times), Gordon, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Dale Jarrett.
    * Chevy has won the last 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at The Brickyard. The victory stranglehold falls short of the record, however. Chevy does hold the all-time record of 13 consecutive wins, at Talladega Superspeedway, from 1999-2005.
    * Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the all-time Brickyard wins lead, with four each.(NASCAR)(7-19-2014)

  • Pratt to drive pace car at Indy: Actor Chris Pratt - star of the soon-to-be-released movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" - will serve as honorary pace car driver in a 2014 red and silver Chevy SS pace car for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "It's a dream come true to drive the pace car for the John Wayne Walding 400," said Pratt, who has also appeared in 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Moneyball.' "I am really excited to be part of NASCAR for the day." Chevrolet has a long history of pacing races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and has served as the pace car for every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at the famed track (1994-present).(Chevy PR)(7-19-2014)

  • Indianapolis Nationwide race gets Lilly as the sponsor: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Eli Lilly and Company announced a multi-year agreement in which Lilly will be the title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Nationwide Series race at IMS, now known as the Lilly Diabetes 250. Scheduled for Saturday, July 26, the Lilly Diabetes 250 will be run on the famed IMS 2.5-mile oval and will take place during the third-annual Kroger Super Weekend. Previous IMS Nationwide Series race winners include Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Kyle Busch last year. This title sponsorship goes hand-in-hand with Lilly's mission of raising awareness about diabetes in Indiana and across the world. The event will serve as an ideal platform to support those affected by diabetes, as well as provide education about this rampant disease. A leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years, Lilly delivers an array of treatment options as well as a variety of programs and resources that can help people overcome the daily challenges of managing diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects approximately 382 million people worldwide and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) predicts that by 2030, that figure will grow to 592 million people.
    Kroger Super Weekend at IMS will include the Lilly Diabetes 250 Nationwide Series race and NASCAR Sprint Cup practice and qualifying on Saturday, July 26. Thursday will feature TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice and qualifying; and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series practice and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship racing will take place on Friday. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, July 27 with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 21st annual Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400.(IMS)(7-14-2014)

  • Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard Pre-Race Pit Lane Passes on sale: For the first time in the history of the event, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering Pre-Race Pit Lane Passes for sale to the general public for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard July 24-27 at IMS. For more information on tickets for the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, including details on how to purchase Pre-Race Pit Lane Passes and prices, visit: brickyard.com.(IMS)(7-12-2014)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway will delay apron project: Seldom has an eight-foot-wide stretch of asphalt been so anticipated and yet so delayed. But as preparations build for next month's NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials have decided another year must pass without the apron, the proposed racing room below the white boundary line in each corner. The reason: NASCAR officials want time to study the effects of changes made to the track. The Brickyard 400 is July 27. IMS had planned to begin apron installation June 9, the day after its vintage car weekend, but NASCAR thought that was too late. "They asked if we could postpone (the project) so they could test it," IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday. "We said, 'That makes sense; we understand that.' " Boles said the heavy Indiana winter delayed several IMS projects, including the installation the asphalt sections totaling more than a mile in length. With spring-like weather late to arrive, IMS officials didn't want to risk the added surface not being ready for Indianapolis 500 activities in May.(Indianapolis Star)(6-25-2014)

  • Green Beret announced as Namesake of Brickyard 400: When Green Beret John Wayne Walding attends his first NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, he'll see a familiar name plastered around the historic race track - his own. Walding was announced the winner of Crown Royal's annual "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS to a deserving American hero, during last night's live broadcast of the CMT Music Awards. As the winner, Walding's name will be incorporated into the official race title, the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
    Walding, of Little Elm, Texas, is a highly decorated Army veteran who served for 12 years, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. While overseas in 2008, Walding was involved in a fire fight during a mission to capture a high value target, during which he lost the lower part of his right leg. After recovering from his injury, Walding was the first amputee to graduate the Special Forces Sniper School. He completed the Army 10 miler on foot and the 2009 Boston Marathon utilizing a hand cycle, within a year of the accident. Among Walding's many awards and badges are the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Walding was nominated for the program by his brother and lives in Little Elm with his wife Amy and their four children. He is the founder of Five Toes Custom, which employs wounded veterans in an effort to provide support and direction within their lives.
    "The fact that Crown Royal cares enough to say 'thank you' for what I've done is a true validation for my sacrifice," said Walding following the unveil event. "The magnitude of those two words goes above and beyond." On hand to take part in the program's winner reveal event for the third year in a row was country music star and reigning ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore. Moore presented Walding with a custom-made Gibson guitar bearing the official race logo incorporating Walding's name and thanked him for his service during the award show broadcast.
    "To be able to be involved in this program's winner reveal event for the third year in a row is really special to me," said Moore. "We've had the opportunity to meet so many amazing heroes over the years and are looking forward to honoring John Wayne at the Brickyard this summer." Walding was joined in Nashville by the other four program finalists, Tara Hulett of Albany, N.Y.; James Bailey of Pamplin, Va.; Bryce Boyer of Wanship, Utah; and Tyler Whisenhunt of Gentry, Ark. The five finalists were selected from thousands of nominations submitted to CrownRoyalHeroes.com, and consumers 21+ voted for the hero they thought was most deserving of the honor. "The sacrifices that have been made by John Wayne Walding and countless heroes across the country serve as an inspiration to all of us at Crown Royal," said Abby Wise, Brand Director for Crown Royal. "We're excited to provide Walding a small token of our gratitude by renaming the NASCAR race at the famed Brickyard in his honor."
    As part of the grand-prize package, Walding will take part in a VIP at-track experience that will include garage tours, pace car rides and concerts by Big Machine Label Group artists. He'll cap off the weekend by delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane. "We're proud to participate in Crown Royal 'Your Hero's Name Here' program for the third consecutive year," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "It's been an honor to welcome so many great American heroes to our events and we're anxious to host John Wayne for a great weekend of racing."(Crown Royal/Diageo)(6-5-2014)

  • Country Singers to Perform at Brickfest Music Festival: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will once again host an award-winning list of Big Machine Label Group country music artists, including headliners Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and Justin Moore, at the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. All performances are free with admission to the track for each day. On Saturday, July 26, ACM Vocal Group of the Year The Band Perry and ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore will perform following the NASCAR Nationwide Series Indiana 250 race. Joining later that evening will be southern rock/country band A Thousand Horses. The hit songs will continue on Sunday when an array of additional Big Machine Label Group artists take the stage at the Brickfest Music Festival and will culminate with headliner Brantley Gilbert. Opening sets will include Lauren Jenkins, Scotty Emerick, Drake White and A Thousand Horses with their second appearance over the weekend on the Brickfest stage. The 21st running of the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here 400" at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 27 will be the climactic event of the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. Ticket orders for the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(5-25-2014)

  • Re-Name the Brickyard 400 after your hero: Crown Royal is honoring the people who Reign On across the country every day. People can nominate their hero now for a chance to win naming rights to the Brickyard 400. The grand prize winner will receive naming rights to the Brickyard 400 and much more. Held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014, the winner will get the experience of a lifetime and a chance for his or her inspiring story to be shared from coast to coast. The winner will receive: His or her name on the actual race; Airfare and accommodations; VIP pit tour; Pace car ride; Victory Lane appearance; And so much more. To nominate your hero, visit yourherosnamehere.nascar.com. Voting is allowed once per day and ends June 2, 2014.(2-28-2014)

  • Indiana Motorsports Commission approves modifications to IMS: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced plans on Tuesday for track modifications and upgrades to enhance fan experience that include additions of track aprons in the turns for NASCAR events, new video screens, improved catch fencing, a new scoring pylon and improved restroom facilities. The list of proposed improvements carries a price tag of about $140 million, according to Jeff Belskus, Hulman & Company president and chief administrative officer. The project does not include lights for the facility -- a $20 million project in itself -- because it was determined that lights did not bring a strong enough return on investment. The project also includes the recently completed repaving and renovations to the road course that will be used for an IndyCar race scheduled for May 10, 2014. The plans were approved by the Indiana Motorsports Commission. The plans also outlined the need for increased concession choices, more on-site entertainment, improved access and improved traffic flow and parking. Wireless access throughout the facility was also addressed as a priority to enhance the fan experienced. The apron only will be used for NASCAR racing and will cost less than $1 million.(Autoweek)(12-11-2013)

  • Indy adds former NASCAR executive to staff: Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles has completed the formation of his leadership team by naming two accomplished sales and marketing executives with extensive automotive and racing industry roots as the leaders of the sales, licensing, marketing and communications functions of Hulman Motorsports.
    Connell J. (C.J.) O'Donnell, who has worked in key marketing positions for various brands within Ford Motor Company, will join Hulman Motorsports as chief marketing officer, and Jay Frye, a racing executive who successfully transformed two teams into NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders, is the new chief revenue officer.
    The appointments complete a reorganization that began earlier this year. This includes combining the commercial functions of INDYCAR and IMS, including sales, licensing, marketing and communications, into Hulman Motorsports, which O'Donnell and Frye will lead. In May, Derrick Walker was named as president of INDYCAR operations and competition. Other members of the Hulman leadership team include Jeff Belskus, president and chief financial officer of Hulman & Company; Gretchen Snelling, vice president and chief legal counsel; Robby Greene, president of IMS Productions; and Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation.
    Frye led the transformation of the Red Bull Racing Team in NASCAR Sprint Cup into a contender that earned a berth in the 2009 Chase for the Championship during his tenure as vice president and general manager from 2008-11. In addition, he spent 12 years at MB2 Motorsports, LLC, a NASCAR Sprint Cup team he helped build from the ground up into a multi-team operation. As the chief executive officer and general manager, he negotiated what was an industry-first - a sponsorship/ownership package with The Valvoline Company. Frye also has other sales and marketing experience, including several years with Anheuser-Busch. Frye will lead a combined team of INDYCAR and IMS sponsorship sales, licensing and account services staff. IMS suite and hospitality sales will remain an IMS function under Boles' direction.
    O'Donnell recently served as Ford's group marketing manager for electric vehicles in Detroit, where he was recognized for the launch of several hybrid vehicles and has orchestrated a record year for hybrid and electric vehicle sales. During his 20-year career with Ford, he also has led marketing for the Lincoln and Jaguar brands domestically and abroad and was a member of a small team that led the turnaround of the Mazda brand. O'Donnell will lead a combined team of INDYCAR and IMS marketing and communications staff.(IMS)(11-8-2013)

  • Brickyard 400 Tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 21st Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and the seventh Red Bull Indianapolis GP, as the exciting NASCAR/TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and MotoGP World Championship events return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. The Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard takes place July 24-27, while the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for Aug. 8-10. Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets: Online, Phone or In Person. Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets. A variety of special offers are available to fans who buy reserved seats for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard or Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Fans who buy reserved seats for the Crown Royal presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, July 27 and the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 26 will receive a free track walk during pre-race ceremonies Sunday, July 27.(IMS)(11-7-2013)

  • Lights at Indy?: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials have confirmed the installation of lights is very much on the radar as part of an improvement program planned for the next several years at the historic speedway. Once the system is installed, it's expected the Brickyard 400 will shift to prime time as early as the 2015 season. The idea has sparked a great deal of conversation throughout the garage area if a Brickyard 400 under the lights might be the cure for an event that although is still considered a crown jewel by many in the sport has suffered a tremendous drop in attendance since its 1994 debut. An estimated 80,000 fans showed up for last years race, a far cry from the 260,000 that jammed the track as recently as 2006. "It is one of the projects we have identified as a potential,'' Doug Boles, new Indianapolis Motor Speedway president said earlier this year. "That is a good indicator. As we go through this process and better define what makes sense, we will know. But it's important enough for consideration that [lights are] on that list.'' Some believe lighting up IMS and possibly moving the Brickyard 400 to the lead spot of the Chase might be the cure at least in the short term.(Motor Racing Network)(7-27-2013)

  • Brickyard 400 on Radio: The IMS Radio Network will provide live coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series action this weekend during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. All broadcasts will be heard on IMS Radio Network affiliates and Sirius XM Channel 90. A Sprint Cup qualifying show is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with coverage of the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race from 4-7 p.m. Live coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Sprint Cup race will start at noon Sunday. The IMS Radio Network team: Doug Rice, anchor; John Andretti, driver analyst; Donald Davidson, historian; Mike King, Turn 1 reporter; Jake Query, Turn 2 reporter; Mark Jaynes, Turn 3 reporter; Chris Denari, Turn 4 reporter; Brett McMillan, Brad Gillie, Pat Patterson, Nick Yeoman, pit reporters.(IMS)(7-27-2013)

  • Indy Pace Car: Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to the start the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate Sage Steele will drive the Camaro ZL1 Pace Car. Chevrolet has paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at IMS. This is the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race (Chevy), see an image of the Indy Pace car and some other pace cars on my 2013 Pace Cars page.(7-26-2013)

  • ESPN's Sage Steele to drive pacecar at Indy: ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate Sage Steele will drive the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstars to the start of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet also paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at IMS, and this year's Brickyard 400 will mark the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.
    "I am honored and just floored that it's all coming full circle like this," said Steele, who also graduated from high school in the Indianapolis area. "I could not be more thrilled because of what Indianapolis means to me and that's where my love of racing began. I never in a million years thought I'd be asked to do something like this. It just means more to me than anything I've ever been asked to do."
    Steele, who graduated in 1995 from Indiana University with a bachelor of science degree in sports communications, began her television career in 1995 at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind., as a producer and reporter. Her next stop was in Indianapolis at WISH-TV where she covered the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 races at IMS, served as the beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts and covered the 1997 NCAA Men's Final Four. In August 1998, Steele moved to Tampa and worked as a reporter, anchor and host for WFTS-TV before taking a similar position with Fox Sports Net in Tampa as a reporter. In April 2001, Steele became the anchor for the debut of "Comcast SportsNet" in the Washington/Baltimore region, where she anchored the show "SportsNite" for six years.
    Steele joined ESPN in 2007 and is a co-anchor of ESPN's "SportsCenter." Most recently, Steele served as update anchor during live daytime "SportsCenter" editions, which debuted in August 2008. She also previously contributed to "First Take" and "Mike & Mike in the Morning," and has served as a guest co-host of ESPN2's "SportsNation." Away from the studio, Steele anchored the daytime "SportsCenter" segments from the NBA Finals in 2012 and has hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year since 2010.
    The Camaro ZL1 Coupe brings supercar levels of performance and technology to the sports car segment. It is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged Chevrolet small block V8 that delivers 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque, and has a top speed of 184 miles per hour. The Camaro ZL1 also features a factory-installed engine oil cooler, high capacity transmission oil coller (automatic and manual) and differential cooler, Magnetic Ride ControlTM, world-class Brembo® brakes and 4-wheel independent suspension.
    2013 Kroger Super Weekend tickets: Ticket orders for the 2013 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. General admission tickets will cost $10 for Thursday, July 25, $30 for Friday, July 26, $25 for Saturday, July 27 and $30 for Sunday, July 28. A four-day Kroger Super Weekend general admission ticket is $80, a great value for the ultimate race weekend. A three-day general admission ticket (Thursday-Saturday) is $65. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the four days of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket. Reserved tickets for the Saturday and Sunday action also will be available at various price ranges.(IMS)(7-24-2013)

  • "Troops to the Track" Program to Indy: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track program on Sunday, July 28th, by bringing service members of the 76th Brigade Combat Team from the Indiana Army National Guard. The primary mission of the Infantry battalion is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver. In addition to its primary war fighting mission, the Infantry battalion might be tasked to perform other types of operations, including stability operations and civil support operations, semi independently or as an integral part of a larger force. The Predator Battalion traces its rich heritage back before Indiana actually became a State. Born from the militia companies that mustered on the banks of the Ohio River in times of crisis, the battalion has since continually served with pride and distinction. Always there, ready to serve, exemplifying the true spirit of the citizen soldier. This unit has been deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 2013 season of Troops to the Track, a program in which service members are treated to a daylong interactive at-track experience, which includes: a special invitation and recognition at the drivers' pre-race meeting, a private tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pit road access during driver introductions / National Anthem and special seating in the grandstands.(AFF)(7-24-2013)

  • Country Stars to perform at Brickyard Music Festival: Big Machine once again will bring a host of country music artists, including headliner Justin Moore, to the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moore will perform Saturday, July 27 after the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Sunday, July 28 before the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. One of the most popular and accomplished young artists to hit the country music scene in years, Moore will play Saturday afternoon on the Pagoda Plaza Stage shortly after the checkered flag for the Indiana 250, with vivacious trio The Cadillac Three opening the show. Moore then will play a pre-race mini concert on the IMS main straightaway before the 1:00 pm start of the 20th running of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. A number of other stars on the Big Machine Label Group roster will perform Sunday at the Brickfest Music Festival beginning at 9:00 am. Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies while The Cadillac Three and Dustin Lynch will perform pre-race concerts. These performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. A Big Machine artist to be announced will sing "America the Beautiful" during pre-race ceremonies. All performances are free with admission to the track for each day.(IMS)(7-24-2013)

  • Indy making security changes for Brickyard: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will more than double the number of entrance lanes for fans attending Sunday's Brickyard 400 NASCAR race following lengthy delays for fans before the Indianapolis 500. The speedway said Monday it's increasing the number of entry gates from 11 to 18 by converting some exit-only gates. The total number of entrance lanes will top 160. The speedway also said in a release that it's hiring more staff with crowd-flow experience, adding better signage directing fans to gates and express lanes, and will direct fans to less crowded gates. Heavier security after the Boston Marathon bombings angered thousands of Indy 500 fans who stood in line for up to two hours, with some told to lug coolers back to their cars parked blocks away because of new size restrictions.(Associated Press)(7-23-2013)

  • Boles named president at Indianapolis: Doug Boles has been named president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Boles was put in charge of the facility in a Tuesday announcement made by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. Boles has been interim chief operating officer since early this year and replaces Jeff Belskus as president of IMS. Miles made official a handful of personnel moves on Tuesday that he'd been discussing for some time. Belskus will continue as president of Hulman & Co. and add chief financial officer to his duties. Robby Greene is returning to IMS Productions after filling in as COO of IndyCar since late last year. Miles said he's still looking for a president of Hulman Motorsports Properties.(Associated Press/ESPN)(7-10-2013)

  • Marine honored as Brickyard Sprint Cup race namesake: While deployed in Iraq, Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Deeds, a diehard NASCAR fan, dreamed of working in the sport after completing his service. In 2005, those dreams took a back seat when Deeds placed himself in harm's way to save the lives of his fellow Marines. This summer Deeds will travel to one of the country's most historic tracks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), not as a fan or employee, but as the race namesake. On June 27 in his hometown of Erlanger, Ky., Deeds was recognized as the winner of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards one deserving individual naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 28 at IMS. Surrounded by friends, family and Marines, Deeds cemented his place in the NASCAR record books by laying the final brick, engraved with the official race logo, in a ceremonial "Yard of Bricks" at Flagship Park in Erlanger.
    While deployed in Iraq, Deeds came across an improvised explosive device (IED) while setting up a vehicle checkpoint. Upon seeing fellow Marines approaching, he exposed himself to the device, risking his life to save others. He was severely injured and underwent more than 30 surgeries and procedures following the blast. Three years later, while still recovering, Deeds' heroic instincts took charge once again when he saved the lives of three individuals caught in a rip tide off the coast of North Carolina.
    In addition to Deeds' friends and family, special representatives from Crown Royal, Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), and IMS attended the ceremony and spoke of Deeds' many accomplishments. NASCAR driver Kurt Busch surprised Deeds during the ceremony, appearing on behalf of the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), and country music star Justin Moore debuted a special song titled "Heroes," which was penned specifically for the "Your Hero's Name Here" program. Consumers 21 and over can visit CrownHeroesSong.com to download "Heroes" for free. For every download redeemed between now and the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com July 28, Crown Royal will donate $1 to AFF.
    "I was so fortunate to be part of this program last summer," Moore said. "That experience and the brave men and women I met along the way served as inspiration for this new song. The opportunity to debut 'Heroes' in front of a true hero like Samuel, his friends, family and community is incredibly special to me as well as all of the folks at BMLG."
    This will mark the seventh time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan. After receiving thousands of entries during the nomination period, five heroes were chosen as finalists, and adult fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor. As the winner of the program, Deeds will participate in a VIP race weekend experience, riding in the pre-race pace car, delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane and participating in the "kissing the bricks" ceremony following the race.
    "I've been a NASCAR fan for as long as I can remember, so the reality of having my name on a track with such rich history and meaning is beyond words," Deeds said. "I am so grateful to all of those who took the time to hear my story and vote for me. I can't wait to attend the race and dedicate that special weekend to all fellow servicemen and women who put their lives on the line every day." Deeds, now retired from his service in the Marines, is a husband and father of two boys. His wife, April, nominated him for the program for his unwavering commitment to his country.
    "We could not be more honored to announce Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Deeds as the 2013 'Your Hero's Name Here' winner," said Abby Wise, brand director for Crown Royal. "His sacrifice and continued acts of heroism serve as an inspiration to all of us at Crown Royal, and we are proud to provide him with the ultimate race experience at the Brickyard next month."
    The official race title, Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, will be incorporated into race memorabilia as well as the winner's trophy. Various events and celebrations will take place leading up to and throughout race weekend to honor Deeds, during which Crown Royal would like to remind adult consumers to please drink responsibly. "It is our privilege to participate in this program with Crown Royal for the second year at IMS," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation Chief Operating Officer Doug Boles. "We've been introduced to so many deserving American heroes, and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for Samuel and all other heroes in attendance at this year's race."(IMS)(6-27-2013)

  • Voting open for "Your Hero's Name Here" program: "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards naming rights to the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a deserving hero. is down to five individuals. After receiving thousands of entries for men and women across the country, the field was narrowed to these five individuals whose stories reflect acts of selflessness and an ongoing commitment to give back to their communities:
    · Kenneth Kurth, Debary, FL - EMT was one of the first responders to February NASCAR wreck in Daytona
    · Stephen Brady, Pleasant Lake, IN - Deputy Marshal survived gunshot wound and returned to the Waterloo Police Department
    · Deon Joseph, Los Angeles - LAPD member offers assistance to LA's homeless
    · Taryn Davis, San Marcos, TX - Founded American Widow Project in honor of late husband
    · Samuel Deeds, Independence, KY - Marine who saved lives stateside and abroad
    For more info and to vote, go to www.CrownRoyalHeroes.com through June 9th. The winner will be revealed in late June.(PR)(5-25-2013)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway reduces capacity by an estimated 10%: Since last year's Indianapolis 500, thousands of grandstand seats overlooking Turn 3 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been removed. Gone, too, are several rows of seats on the front straightaway, reducing capacity at the venerable venue by another couple of thousand. Those alterations follow the removal of the First Turn Terrace, a bleacher section that five years ago sat on the inside of Turn 1. It was torn down to extend the IMS road course. The result of the changes means the May 26 Indy 500 will have the smallest seating capacity since 2000, the last time the Speedway had a major makeover. In 2004, The Indianapolis Star inspected the world's largest sports facility and counted 257,325 seats. Today, that figure is at 235,000. That's an estimated 11,600 seats removed in the North and Northeast Vistas, 5,136 gone in the Turn 1 infield and the loss of the low-row seats. It adds up to nearly a 10 percent reduction in capacity, although IMS officials declined Wednesday to reveal the actual total, a closely guarded secret since Tony Hulman bought the facility in 1945.(Indianapolis Star)(5-16-2013)

  • House OKs IMS bill, despite dispute over funding source: A bill to help pay for $100 million in improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed the House on Monday-but only on its second try, as some lawmakers expressed frustration about a funding source for the project. That funding-money now dedicated to the horse racing industry for purses and breeding programs-is actually part of another bill. But several lawmakers viewed the pair as a package, despite insistence by the Speedway bill's sponsor, Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, that lawmakers should consider the proposals separately. SB 91 also creates a new $1 tax on the tickets for major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and captures new sales and income tax revenues generated there. Those revenue streams would be used to help pay off the bonds.(more at the Indianapolis Business Journal)(4-22-2013)

  • Indy events add $510 million in Indiana Economy: Events and operations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and associated motorsports businesses generate more than $510 million annually to the Indiana economy, according to a study by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. The study addressed the direct and indirect economic contributions made by IMS through its operations, spending by out-of-state visitors to the Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP annual events, and the presence of nearly all INDYCAR race teams and the Dallara facility in the Indianapolis area, which are attracted to Indiana due to the presence of the Speedway.(see full report atIMS.com)(3-26-2013)

  • Senate OKs bill to help Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The [Indiana State] Senate voted 37-12 to help the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finance improvements. The measure, Senate Bill 91, now goes to the House for debate. It would create a motorsports development district at the speedway, comprised of the track, the golf course and two buildings across the street. Up to $5 million annually of the sales and income taxes generated within it will be set aside for 20 years to help the Speedway finance improvements. Those include new lights potentially for night races; upgrades to the grandstands, restrooms and tunnels, and making the facility more accessible to the handicapped.(Indianapolis Star)(2-22-2013

  • Indy seeks state aid; could put up lights: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is seeking aid from the state as part of a plan to fund up to $100 million in improvements at the famed racetrack. The plan would create a "motor sports investment district" to collect existing state sales, income and corporate taxes generated in an area that includes the IMS to help pay for the improvements, IMS officials said. The collected taxes would raise up to $5 million a year that the state would contribute to help pay off bonds for the improvements over a 20-year period, while the IMS would put up $2 million each year. Legislation to enact the plan will be unveiled Monday by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis. Approval by the General Assembly would be required before it could become law. Indystar.com was first to report the plan on Friday night. IMS plans to upgrade its infrastructure with changes including new video boards, better lighting and more modern grandstands, IMS officials said. Plans call for spending $70 million to $100 million. "It's really about keeping this iconic facility competitive in the sports and entertainment world," said Jeff Belskus, IMS CEO and president. Officials say they want to make the speedway more flexible, perhaps for different types of events down the line. The lighting, for example, would make it possible for some races to run at night. NASCAR fans have complained about searing heat during the mid-summer Brickyard 400, set for July 28 this year. Asked if the IMS would move the Brickyard to the cooler evening hours if the money went through, spokesman Doug Boles said, "There could be a chance." The proposal could also help address a looming cost for the IMS. Under a deal announced last month with federal authorities, the IMS is required to spend millions of dollars on renovations to make its facilities more accessible for disabled patrons within the next 30 months.(Indianapolis Star & IMS PR)(2-11-2013)

  • Brickyard 400 still profitable with smaller crowds: Despite sharp attendance declines in recent years at the Brickyard 400, the event remains hugely profitable for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, motorsports industry experts say. NASCAR officials estimated attendance at this year's race in Indianapolis at 125,000, down from 138,000 last year. In 2007, race attendance was more than 200,000. The Speedway makes enough television revenue-close to $6 million-to pay its NASCAR sanctioning fee, according to industry experts, leaving the track with most of the revenue from ticket sales, concessions and parking. Motorsports business experts estimated that the Speedway made at least $9 million in ticket revenue from Sunday's Brickyard 400 and another $1 million to $2 million from Saturday's Nationwide Series race, which until this year has been held at Lucas Oil Raceway a few miles to the west. The IMS also for the first time hosted the Grand Am Series, but that wasn't likely a big moneymaker since attendance was only about 10,000. A new Brickyard 400 title sponsorship deal with Crown Royal added another $2 million to the Speedway's take.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(8-1-2012)

  • Fans can get deal when reordering Brickyard tickets: As a special thank you to the greatest race fans in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering special pricing for selected days for the 2013 Kroger Super Weekend for those who reorder their Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard tickets by Monday, Aug. 13. Fans reordering tickets to the 2013 Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will be entitled to special "Fan Prices" on tickets to select days. Visit www.imstix.com, log in to your account and reorder tickets or mail 2013 Reorder Form (enclosed with 2012 tickets) to: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, P.O. Box 24910, Speedway, IN 46224-0910.(IMS)(8-1-2012)

  • NASCAR warns drivers about Indy restarts: In light of Saturday's controversy over restarts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR race director David Hoots stepped to the microphone during Sunday's pre-race Sprint Cup Series drivers meeting and delivered a lecture. "We spend a lot of time talking about this," Hoots said sternly. "We tear up race cars, we ruin people's days because we can't handle those responsibilities. Whether it be you, I, whatever. We're all in it together. So let's do it right and do it the way we know how to do it so we don't have to take the extra steps of getting out there with micrometers and measurements and bring the field down. Usually, when we get involved to that point and you ask us to, you don't like the results! So I'm asking you to accept your responsibilities and do it properly." Hoots said several times each driver had "roles and responsibilities" in starting and restarting the race. Whether it's the pole-sitter conducting a smooth restart or a driver on the second row not pushing the cars in front of him too much, all drivers need to play a part, he said. "If this is not done in this very simple process, there's a chain reaction that occurs," he said. "... You have shared responsibilities on not trying to take advantage of something that's this simple and create such a mess that could ruin a lot of people's days at the start."
    Hoots emphasized the flagman -- not the pole-sitter -- starts the race. The pole-sitter then must lead at the start line, barring "some exceptions." The leader, he said, should not brake-check or "burp" the car or do any kind of false start. On restarts, the rule is different because the flagman isn't the decision-maker. The leader has earned the right to decide when to hit the gas in the restart zone, and the second-place car cannot beat him to the line. But the leader has not earned the right to "screw around with the restart," Hoots said. "You all have a role in this," he said. "You have a role in this every week. Sometimes the role is from the pole, sometimes the role is from 43rd. But you're all responsible."(more at SB Nation)(7-29-2012)

  • Indy considering installing lights: Despite attendance struggles at the Brickyard 400 (now known as the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard) over the past five years, there's no talk from NASCAR or Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials about discontinuing the race. IMS officials said the commitment on both sides couldn't be stronger for continuing the race long-term and making it stronger than it currently is. "I don't think either party could be more secure in its relationship with [the] other," said IMS spokesman Doug Boles. "There is no thought internally or within NASCAR that this race shouldn't continue." To bolster sagging attendance, Speedway officials are breaking new ground this year and may be willing to break even more ground in future years. For the first time, the IMS will host Grand Am and NASCAR Nationwide races over the weekend in conjunction with the Sprint Cup headliner on Sunday. More radical changes could be coming. Speedway officials this week told IBJ that they have discussed installing lights at the massive facility-a project that would cost tens of millions of dollars-to allow races at night, particularly NASCAR events. "Those types of discussions are more common now than they were even a year and a half ago," Boles said. "One consideration is it would allow us to get fans out of the heat of the day." Erecting lights would be a major departure for Speedway officials, who previously have shunned the idea. IMS stands as one of the few major race tracks nationally without lights.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(7-28-2012)

  • Sunday shuttles available at Indy; parking/traffic info: Roundtrip Race Day bus shuttle service is available for the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 29 at four convenient locations, including three in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport. Tickets are $25 per person for one-way or round-trip service. Tickets can be ordered in advance at www.indysportsparking.com. They also can be purchased on Race Day at each location, with credit card, debit card and cash accepted. More info about the shuttle service at www.indysportsparking.com. For parking and traffic info, go to indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-27-2012)

  • Fans help troops attend '400:' Thanks to generous fans and the combined efforts of Wish For Our Heroes (W4OH), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indiana National Guard, 117 Indiana-based soldiers will attend the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans donated $10,000 to the W4OH campaign that is providing reserved seats for military members for the 19th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS. A national, non-profit organization based in Noblesville, Ind., Wish For Our Heroes coordinated the purchase and delivery of the tickets to the participating soldiers. For the first time, Wish For Our Heroes provided fans with the opportunity to help send active United States military or veterans to the Indianapolis 500, the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com or the Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2012. The "Wish Fund" program is accepting donations to send soldiers to the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race Sunday, Aug. 19 at IMS.
    Wish For Our Heroes provides fans three ways to salute American service members through contributions or donations at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/wish4ourheroes. Fans may also make donations to send soldiers to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP during the pre-race infield concert before the start of the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 29. Ten active-duty soldiers will be in the concert crowd accepting donations. Fans who donate the purchase price of a ticket to the "Wish Fund" can designate the service branch and service status (active, reserves, National Guard, veteran, wounded veteran) of the ticket recipient. "Wish Fund" contributors who donate tickets or the purchase price of a ticket also can receive a picture of the military recipient and learn more about their dedicated service to the country.(IMS)(7-27-2012)

  • Unique aircraft in Indy flyover: Two V-22 Osprey tilt-rotator aircraft used by the U.S. Marine Corps will perform the flyover shortly before the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 Powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The versatile Ospreys land vertically like a helicopter and fly like a plane by tilting wing-mounted rotors that function as propellers. The Osprey is used by the Marines for a variety of purposes, including troop and cargo transport, amphibious assault, special operations and search and rescue missions. The flyover will be the culmination of pre-race ceremonies that pay special recognition to 100 years of U.S. Marine Corps aviation, acknowledging its growth in the early 20th century and distinguished service to the nation through to the present day.(IMS)(7-27-2012)

  • Burn Ban at The Brickyard: A significant fire hazard remains in all areas of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to persistently dry environmental conditions and the absence of significant rainfall. Due to the aforementioned conditions the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is instituting a burn ban that adheres to the burn ban put in place on June 28th, 2012 by the Town of Speedway. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway burn ban prohibits open burning such as comfort fires or camp fires of any kind. Fireworks and grilling devices that use a source of ignition other than gas are also not permitted. The following ignition sources will not be permitted on Indianapolis Motor Speedway property during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard event from July 25th - July 30th, 2012:
    Comfort fires or camp fires on the ground or in elevated devices
    Charcoal or any non-gas grills of any kind
    Fireworks of any kind
    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway asks all customers camping on or around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway property to be careful concerning the potential threat of ignition to dry areas of grass that could be caused by common sources of heat and fire that are permitted such as: cigarettes, recreational vehicle generator exhaust, vehicle engine heat, fluids from hot vehicle engines and gas grills.
    Gas grills are permitted in camping and tailgating areas during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard event, but are required to be operated at a minimum of 18 inches off the ground, with 36 inches off the ground being the preferred height for the safest usage. The Speedway Fire Department will assist in patrols and education of customers during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard event concerning the Town of Speedway burn ban as well as the burn ban initiated by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to ensure a safe environment for all customers attending the event. In the case a fire occurs please call 911 immediately to contact local authorities.(IMS)(7-25-2012)

  • Ron Howard to drive pace car at Indy: Two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard will drive the Pace Car and lead the field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstars to the green flag at the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 29, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Howard has become an entertainment legend as a director, producer and actor. He has directed worldwide blockbusters including "A Beautiful Mind," "Angels & Demons," "Apollo 13," "Backdraft," "Cinderella Man," "Cocoon," "Parenthood," "Splash," "The Da Vinci Code," "Willow" and many more. Howard will be making his first visit to the historic speedway as a guest of, and to shadow, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his #24 Drive to End Hunger team.(IMS)(7-21-2012)

  • Hauler parade at Indy on July 26: Fans can enjoy the color and excitement of NASCAR and get geared up for the inaugural Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard through the fourth annual Hauler Parade on Thursday, July 26 on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. Admission is free. A parade of more than 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers - the large, colorful trucks carrying stock cars to and from the track during the season - will arrive on Main Street starting at 6 p.m. Haulers will park in two lines on Main Street between 10th and 15th Streets, giving fans an up-close look. Legendary NASCAR team owner Leonard Wood is the grand marshal of the Hauler Parade. Defending "400" winner Paul Menard will join Wood as a special guest in the parade. Menard also will receive his 2011 Brickyard 400 winner's ring on the Hauler Parade Stage on Main Street in Speedway.(IMS)(7-20-2012)

  • Indy race named Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400: When local firefighters saved Troy native Curtiss Shaver's life during a tragic farming accident, Shaver knew he'd found his calling. Though the accident claimed the lower part of his left leg, Shaver persevered and began a lifelong career as a firefighter and certified EMT with the goal of giving back to his community. In a special event [Wednesday] at Troy Fire Station No. 1, a ceremonial Yard of Bricks was revealed to recognize Shaver as winner of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program. The national contest renames the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29th after a deserving American hero. In an effort to bring a little piece of the famed track to Troy, Alabama, Crown Royal orchestrated a special ceremony that resulted in the laying of a replica "Yard of Bricks" in Troy's downtown area. The final engraved brick bearing the race logo was personally laid by Shaver, culminating the ceremony. This race will mark the sixth time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan. This year, the program focused on all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers. In addition to being a firefighter and certified EMT, Shaver is a husband and father of three. His career in the field began as a volunteer, less than two years after his farming accident. This sense of hard work and dedication were major components of his contest nomination, submitted by fellow Fire Lieutenant Brandy Cox.(IMS)(7-19-2012)

  • Kroger to sponsor Super Weekend at Indy:
    Kroger will sponsor the Super Weekend at the Brickyard as part of an expanded partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The July 26-29 event will be known as Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and culminate with the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard. The new pact, which also will benefit the Riley Children's Foundation, also includes the IMS Kids Club being renamed the Kroger Kids Club and Kroger becoming the Official Florist and the Official Box Lunch Provider for IMS. Kroger and IMS each will continue their corporate generosity by collaborating with race driver and passionate Riley supporter John Andretti, vendor partner General Mills, radio broadcaster Dave Wilson and others to increase fundraising efforts for Riley throughout 2012. The Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard will include the IMS debut of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing joining the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. There will be four races in three days from July 27-29, as action will take place on the IMS oval and road course on the same event weekend for the first time. Tickets are on sale now for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 26-29 at IMS. All ticket orders can be made at www.imstix.com and through 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-Friday. For more information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(6-18-2012)

  • Vote on "Your Hero's Name Here" race for Indy race in July: Country music stars, The Band Perry visited one of the most nostalgic venues in motorsports - Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) - on Saturday [May 19th] to make a special announcement about this summer's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Brickyard sponsored by Crown Royal. Crown Royal will name the race, to be held at IMS on July 29th, after an everyday American hero through a program called "Your Hero's Name Here." The five finalists who were announced by The Band Perry and could have the famous race named after them, are: Dale Beatty, veteran and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Purple Heart Homes from Statesville, N.C.; Lindsey Marquez, ICU nurse from Sun Prairie, Wis.; Curtiss Shaver, Fire Lieutenant and EMT from Troy, Ala.; John Thomas, Deputy Sheriff from Sarasota, Fla.; and Brandon Veatch, veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Bloomfield, Ind. In addition to having their name on all race signage, TV broadcasts and apparel, the winner will experience a true VIP experience - from waving the green flag to start the race to delivering the trophy in Victory Lane. Adult consumers can log on to the Crown Royal Facebook page (Facebook.com/CrownRoyal) and click the "Crown Your Hero" tab to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of naming rights to the race. Voting runs through June 28th and the grand prize winner will be announced in early July.(Crown Royal PR)(5-25-2012)

  • Crown Royal to Honor an American Hero with Naming Rights to the Brickyard 400: Crown Royal is looking to pay tribute to those who are making a difference. The whisky brand is encouraging adult fans to nominate their personal heroes (21 or older) for naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard. The race, to be held on July 29, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, represents the ultimate celebration of heroes and will mark the sixth time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan. For the past two years, Crown Royal accepted nominations for military and service members exclusively. Not only has the 2012 race moved to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the annual program-now called "Your Hero's Name Here"-has been expanded to accept entries for all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers. To nominate a hero for consideration for naming rights to the race, fans are encouraged to visit the Crown Royal Facebook page (Facebook.com/CrownRoyal), where they will be asked to describe a heroic act by the nominee in 100 words or less. Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2012 and the five finalists will be announced in May. Once the finalists are announced, fans will be provided the chance to cast a vote and determine the winner. The winner will be revealed in a special ceremony leading up to the race.(Crown Royal)(2-20-2012)

  • Super Weekend at the Brickyard tix on sale: The 2012 Crown Royal Presents "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will feature a return to 2010 ticket prices in Penthouse and Deck seating areas as the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard makes racing history next July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Super Weekend (July 26-29) will welcome the NASCAR Nationwide and GRAND-AM Road Racing Series for the first time ever at IMS as they join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for an unforgettable four days of on-track activity featuring four races in three days. Ticket prices have been reduced from $165 to $150 in the E & B Penthouse for the 2012 Crown Royal Presents "You're Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 29. Seats in the A Penthouse, Northwest Vista Deck, Northeast Vista Deck, Southeast Vista Deck, South Vista Deck (sections 1-4) and Southwest Vista Deck will be reduced from $160 to $150.
    Prices for the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 28 will range from $65 for reserved seats to $25 for seated general admission.Tickets for the Nationwide Series practice on Thursday, July 26 are $10 for seated general admission. Fans can also buy Super Weekend Tickets for just $80 that provide open seating for Thursday and Friday, with limited general admission seating on Saturday, and general admission infield access for the Crown Royal Presents "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday. Children 12 and under will receive free general admission when accompanied by an adult with a Super Weekend Ticket or general admission ticket. All ticket orders can be made at www.imstix.com and through 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-Friday. For more information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(11-6-2011)

  • 2012 Super Weekend at the Brickyard Tix on sale: The 2012 Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will feature a return to 2010 ticket prices in Penthouse and Deck seating areas as the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard makes racing history next July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 1 for the Super Weekend at the Brickyard, scheduled for July 26-29, 2012, at www.imstix.com or in person at the IMS Ticket Office. The Super Weekend at the Brickyard will feature the NASCAR Nationwide and GRAND-AM Road Racing series for the first time at IMS as they join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for an unforgettable four days of on-track activity featuring four races in three days. For more info or to order tickets. go to www.imstix.com or by visiting 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-Friday. For more information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(8-1-2011)

  • U.S. Women's Soccer star Hope Solo to drive Brickyard 400 pace car: United States women's national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo will drive the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the 2011 Brickyard 400, leading the starting field to the green flag Sunday, July 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Solo became a worldwide sensation earlier this month as one of the leaders of the U.S. national team that advanced to the Women's World Cup final in Germany, losing to Japan on penalty kicks. She was named the top goalkeeper of the tournament and was named to the 2011 World Cup all-tournament team. "We're thrilled to welcome Hope Solo as the Pace Car driver for the Brickyard 400," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. "Hope and her teammates captivated all of America with their fighting spirit during the Women's World Cup, and her presence as Pace Car driver adds to the prestige and excitement of this great event." Solo led the United States to the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a stunning performance in a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the gold-medal game. She has made 101 appearances for the U.S. in international play. "I'm honored to have the unique privilege of driving the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the Brickyard 400," Solo said. "It's going to be so much fun. The entire world of NASCAR and its people are such a new and exciting experience for me." Solo, a native of Richland, Wash., was a three-time All-American and four-time all-Pac 10 selection while playing for the University of Washington from 1999-2002. She has played professionally in Europe and the United States since 2002 and has been the starting goalkeeper this season for magicJack (South Florida) of Women's Professional Soccer. She was named WPS goalkeeper of the year in 2009 while playing for Saint Louis Athletica.(IMS)(7-30-2011)

  • Brickyard 400 Race Day Traffic: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are encouraging fans to plan ahead for their trip to the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com on Sunday, July 31. IMS officials recommend that fans leave early for the track on Race Day. Fans can get all the latest traffic information and updates on Twitter at either @IMS or @Indstatepolice. Fans also are encouraged to leave early and plan routes accordingly during the entire race weekend due to the major construction project on the west corridor of Interstate 465 in Indianapolis. Due to construction on I-465 southbound, the eastbound Crawfordsville Road ramp is closed (northbound is still open). Also due to construction, 38th Street is restricted to two lanes. Motorists are encouraged to use the eastbound 10th Street ramp from I-465 as the main route to the track.
    Infield parking is not accessible through Gate 2 (Main Gate) from 16th Street eastbound, as left turns are not permitted into that entrance on Race Day. Parking for 16th Street motorists in both directions will be available on the south side of 16th Street after public infield parking fills on all three days of the event.
    IMS will route traffic differently into the facility from 30th Street than it has in the past. All westbound traffic will enter Gate 11 and be parked in Lot 7. All eastbound traffic will enter Gate 10 and follow the same procedure as in the past to either be directed to Turn 3 (until full) or into Lot 7. This change will alleviate congestion and will allow for nearly twice the amount of traffic to enter the facility at the same time from 30th Street.
    The Indiana State Police is advising spectators to visit www.in.gov to receive information on the most direct routes to take when arriving and leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A PDF file entitled "Traveling Tips to the Brickyard 400" is available on the front page of the ISP's website, and road conditions and construction updates also can be found at the main ISP site, www.in.gov/isp. On Race Day, public gates open at 6:00am and the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com begins at 1:00 pm. As an alternative to traveling to the race via car, roundtrip Race Day bus shuttle service is available on Race Day at four convenient locations, including three in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport. Tickets are $24 per person for one-way or round-trip service. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.brickyard400parking.com or www.freeenterprisesystem.com or from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the day of the race at each location, with credit card, debit card and cash accepted.(IMS)(7-30-2011)

  • Ned Jarrett named Brickyard 400 Grand Marshal: 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ned Jarrett will serve as the grand marshal of the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com Sunday, July 31. Jarrett won NASCAR Sprint Cup championships in 1961 and 1965 and 50 races during his illustrious career. He was named one of NASCAR's "50 Greatest Drivers" in 1998. In 1965, Jarrett earned 13 victories in 42 top-five finishes in 54 starts. He won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway by 14 laps, still the largest margin of victory in NASCAR Sprint Cup history. "We're honored to welcome Ned Jarrett as grand marshal for the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. "He's one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, a great ambassador for the sport and a true gentleman." Besides his Hall of Fame driving talent, Jarrett also helped attract fans to NASCAR through his work as a television and radio broadcaster during three decades of substantial growth for the sport. "It is a true honor to be selected as grand marshal for the Brickyard 400," Jarrett said. "The history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its significance in auto racing makes this opportunity particularly special." Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-29-2011)

  • Youngsters can enjoy all new Family Fun Area at Indy: Entertainment for youngsters of all ages will be featured in the all new Family Fun Area presented by FamilyTime Entertainment at the 2011 Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com Sunday, July 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Located adjacent to Turn 2 in the IMS infield, the free Family Fun Area will feature a stage on which five different shows will take place throughout the day. Performers will include face painters, balloon artists, stilt-walking jugglers, a strolling magician and a caricature artist. A Make-A-Puppet activity also will be available to children participating in the Family Fun Area. Children 12 and under will receive free general admission to the Brickyard 400, including the Family Fun Area, when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-29-2011)

  • Big Machine Backs Brickyard 400 With Race Day Performances: Big Machine Label Group is bringing some of the top superstars in country music, including Reba and Rascal Flatts, to the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for live Race Day performances as part of its new presenting sponsorship of the annual NASCAR classic. The Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com starts at 1:00pm.et, with advance-purchased Race Day ticket prices starting at just $30. Big Machine Records is the first recording label to serve as a presenting sponsor of the race in its 18-year history.
    Rascal Flatts will play a pre-race mini concert, partially broadcast on ESPN, before singing the national anthem. The legendary Reba will sing "America The Beautiful." Both performances will take place near the famed Yard of Bricks on the front straightaway. Other stars performing acoustic sets between 9-11:30 a.m. on Race Morning at IMS include platinum sibling trio The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett and more. These performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Tickets are on sale for the 2011 Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the 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-Friday.(IMS)(7-29-2011)

  • Concert & Qualifying at Indy on July 30th: Brickyard 400 qualifying and a concert by chart-topping hard rock band Hinder will be the featured attractions Saturday, July 30 at the inaugural Brickfest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A new, exciting prelude to the 2011 Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 31 at IMS, Brickfest will feature a similar format to the popular Miller Lite Carb Day held annually before the Indianapolis 500. Brickfest activities will roar to life from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30 at IMS with a practice session featuring all of the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including past winners Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brickyard 400 qualifying will take place from 2:10-4:30 p.m., followed immediately by the Hinder concert on the main stage in the IMS infield. Track admission for Brickfest, which includes the Hinder concert, is just $15, with kids 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Selected lucky fans can meet Hinder during Brickfest. To get a chance to meet the band, use the promo code HINDER when purchasing Brickfest tickets either by calling (800) 822-INDY (4639) or (317) 492-6700, or by visiting www.imstix.com.(IMS)(7-29-2011)

  • Historic stock cars, muscle cars on display at Indy: Some of the most iconic cars in NASCAR history and a fabulous collection of rods, customs and muscle cars will be on display July 29-31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com. The Brickyard 400 Vintage and Stock Car Show will give fans the rare opportunity to take pictures and interact with the vehicle owners and restorers of a fabulous collection of Superbirds, Ford Talladegas and other cars from NASCAR's past. One of the NASCAR classic cars that will be on display will be the #7 1970 Plymouth Superbird driven by Ramo Stott to top-10 finishes in the 1970 Daytona 500 and Talladega 500. Stott also won the 1970 ARCA 300 at Daytona and Vulcan 500 at Talladega in this car. Powered by a 426 Hemi engine with everything original on the car except for the exterior paint, this is the only remaining Superbird in original, as-raced configuration. Another special car on display will be the Holman Moody #98 Ford Torino that was owned and driven by the legendary Benny Parsons to 1968 and 1969 ARCA championships. NASCAR pioneer Wendell Scott later drove it in ARCA and NASCAR Grand National East competition. Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, the world's largest rod and custom association, will display more than 100 cars. Goodguys events showcase a variety of American-made rods, customs, classics, trucks, street machines and muscle cars.(IMS)(7-29-2011)

  • Crown Royal to sponsor 2012 Brickyard 400: In a continuing effort to provide race fans with an unrivaled experience and honor all of the nation's heroes, the Crown Royal brand announced it will become entitlement sponsor of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Officially titled, the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, the race will serve as an expansion of the annual "Your Name Here" program and not only honor U.S. service men and women, but all of our nation's heroes. The past two years, Crown Royal focused the annual promotion solely on military service members to honor their heroic acts and service to their country. The expanded Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 program will recognize all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in our communities, from firefighters and police officers to local volunteers and military members. The grand prize will go to one special individual who will be provided with the reigns to their very own race and receive the naming rights to the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400. In addition to the grand prize, Crown Royal will honor various heroes throughout the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard and integrate special characteristics of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to enhance the overall race experience. From showcasing photographs and stories of heroes from across the country, to on-site stations where fans can send messages to service men and women stationed overseas, Crown Royal plans to give heroes the recognition they deserve. The Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will also serve as yet another platform to advance the "Please Drink Responsibly" message and to share the stories of heroes around the country with Indianapolis locals, NASCAR fans and people everywhere. The Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 will be the marquee event of the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard [on Sunday July 29, 2012], which also will feature a NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday, July 28, two GRAND-AM road races Friday, July 27 and Nationwide practice Thursday, July 26.(PR)(7-28-2011)

  • Special salutes to U.S. Military at Brickyard 400: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will continue its long-standing tradition of honoring the United States military during pre-race ceremonies for the 2011 Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 31. Salutes to the military occupy many special moments during the pomp and pageantry of pre-race ceremonies on Race Day, a tradition at IMS events since the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 and the first Brickyard 400 in 1994.
    " Desert Storm/Desert Shield salute: A 20th anniversary celebration honoring U.S. military veterans who served in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, during which Coalition forces drove Saddam Hussein's Iraqi troops out of Kuwait in 1991, will take place during pre-race ceremonies July 31. A parade lap will feature 86 Desert Storm veterans riding in 43 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up trucks. Prior to the race, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard - a Desert Storm veteran - will deliver a speech honoring the U.S. military. Representatives of all five branches of the U.S. military will join Ballard on stage.
    Veterans of Desert Storm/Shield from all branches of the U.S. military are encouraged to participate in the salute. Veterans are asked to dress in attire that represents the time of conflict in which they served. Each participant will receive two Brickyard 400 tickets and free round-trip transportation between Stout Field in Indianapolis and IMS. An additional group of more than 180 Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield veterans from 38 U.S. states will participate in other patriotic pre-race ceremonies that pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the American military during this conflict.
    " Iraq War salute from Miller, IMS: As part of its highly popular "Give a Veteran a Piece of The High Life" program, Miller High Life Beer is joining with IMS to honor Iraq War veterans. Following driver introductions on Race Day, each of the 43 drivers in the Brickyard 400 field will climb on the back of a Chevrolet Silverado and be joined by an Iraq War veteran for a ceremonial lap around the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval.
    IMS is proud to participate in the "Give a Veteran a Piece of The High Life" program, which provides the means that pay soldiers' way into sports events, concerts, outdoor adventures and more. For every High Life cap or tab dropped off at participating retailers or mailed in, Miller High Life will donate 10 cents toward High Life Experiences for returning vets. For more information, visit millerhighlife.com/high-life-experiences/.
    " Flyover: The traditional pre-race flyover will feature four U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawks, land-based training jet aircraft. The flyover will recognize the 100th anniversary of U.S. Naval Aviation, as Naval Aviation has grown from a tactical afterthought to a primary instrument of national defense.
    Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-27-2011)

  • Second Annual Brickyard Beach Bash: Fans looking to stay cool during the hot action of the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records on Sunday, July 31 can enjoy the fun and excitement of the Second Annual Brickyard Beach Bash in Turn 3 of the IMS infield. Besides watching some of racing's biggest stars compete for one of NASCAR's most important victories, all Brickyard 400 Race Day ticket holders can enjoy the Beach Bash, which is quickly becoming one of the biggest and best parties in Indy. Hosting the festivities at the Beach Bash will be May 2008 Playboy Playmate of the Month AJ Alexander, and headlining the event will be multi-platinum R&B, hip hop and reggae fusion recording artist Iyaz, who will perform his hit singles "Replay" and "Pretty Girls." Recognized as a young up-and-comer on the worldwide music scene, Iyaz's first-ever single, "Replay," climbed to No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list in 2009 and was No. 1 in the United Kingdom and Australia, in addition to hitting the top-10 charts in many other countries.
    Additional highlights of this year's Brickyard Beach Bash will include:
    "A Bikini & Hot Bod Contest hosted by Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee. Each winner will receive $500.
    "A sandy beach with swimming pools
    "A dance party with music provided by popular DJs Indiana Jones & Gabby Love
    "Live Nation ticket giveaways to hottest concerts of the year, including Kings of Leon, Incubus and the Identity Festival
    "Go-go dancers, beer pong and volleyball
    Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-27-2011)

  • Brickyard ticket sales down? There have been rumors that ticket sales for next week's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were again off-pace from last season, but an internal NASCAR memo obtained by ThatsRacin.com and The Observer seems to confirm the problem. In the memo, which was distributed by email on Friday, team public relations representatives were thanked ahead of time for their drivers' participation in a Sprint Cup Series autograph session at the track. The memo said, "ticket sales are significantly behind from previous years" at IMS. Since sales have been dramatically down since the 2008 tire problems at the track, another significant decline would appear ominous. The memo goes on to say, the track believed there would be a large walk-up crowd for the July 31 race and hoped the autograph session would be well received by race fans.(Charlotte Observer)(7-23-2011)

  • Crown Royal may become Brickyard 400 title sponsor: UPDATE: An unlikely match could give the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a new title sponsor for the Brickyard 400 and a seven-figure windfall starting next summer. That's the direction things are headed, despite appearances to the contrary. Sources are beginning to bubble that Crown Royal is ready to sign a deal to become the title sponsor of the Brickyard 400. It's rumored to be a multi-year deal starting in 2012. Don't be surprised if Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus along with Crown Royal honchos make an announcement at this year's race. And stunningly, the Crown Royal deal... is financially bigger than any other current NASCAR title sponsorship deal. Yes, that means bigger than the Coca-Cola 600 and Irwin Tools Night Race (Bristol) deals. In a soft economy, when the race's attendance has wavered, Speedway officials are going to get around $1.5 million annually for the title sponsorship of its race, sources are whispering.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(7-13-2011)
    UPDATE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway has apparently firmed up plans with Crown Royal for the whiskey to be the title sponsor of next year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400. A press conference to confirm the news is scheduled for Thursday. The official name of the NASCAR event, which will have Grand-Am and the Nationwide Series on the bill along with the Sprint Cup race, has not been confirmed.(AutoWeek)(7-22-2011)

  • IMS Features Largest 2011 Sprint Cup Autograph Session On July 30: The largest driver autograph session of the Sprint Cup Series season is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Race Day ticket holders for the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com. Drivers will be split into two groups, signing in pairs from noon-12:45 p.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. at Pavilion 1A and 1B, adjacent to the Pagoda Plaza. Brickyard 400 ticket holders can obtain an autograph session wristband at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion 1A and 1B. Fans can choose from the pairing of drivers they wish to receive autographs, with a maximum of 150 wristbands allotted per driver pairing. Only one wristband will be distributed to each ticket holder, first come, first served.(IMS PR)(7-22-2011)

  • Brickyard hauler parade July 28: NASCAR fans can get an up-close view of Sprint Cup Series "haulers" - the large, colorful trucks carrying the stock cars competing July 29-31 in the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - at the third annual Hauler Parade and Festival on Thursday, July 28 on Speedway's Main Street. The event will take place from 5-10 p.m. Admission is free. Great live music is included, with R&B dance band The Toy Factory and country rock band KJ and the Jester Kings. Meeting and greeting fans will be NASCAR personalities, including legendary NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett and Miss Sprint Cup. Fans also can watch the haulers parade north on Main Street and east on 16th Street at 8 p.m., as they depart the Hauler Parade and Festival single-file and enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds for the Brickyard 400.(IMS PR)(7-19-2011)

  • IMS adds Nationwide race for 2012: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the epicenter of American stock car racing and North American sports car racing July 26-29, 2012, as the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for four exciting races during the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard. It will be the first time in IMS history that races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course during the same weekend, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will make their IMS debuts. The 19th annual Brickyard 400 for the Sprint Cup Series will race on the oval Sunday, July 29, with the Nationwide Series also racing on the oval Saturday, July 28. GRAND-AM will conduct separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on the 13-turn IMS road course Friday, July 27.
    "The Super Weekend at the Brickyard will offer non-stop excitement for every auto racing fan with the addition of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "There will be competitive, fender-rubbing action from many different types of machinery for four days, featuring established stars and rising talents, on both the IMS oval and road course. "This will be an unforgettable event and the start of a great new racing tradition at the Speedway." All four days of Super Weekend at the Brickyard will be packed with on-track action, providing great value for fans:
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 26: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
    Friday, July 27: GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge practice, qualifying and races
    Saturday, July 28: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, qualifying and race; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying
    Sunday, July 29: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 race
    Brickfest, a music festival featuring a headlining national act, also will return during the Super Weekend at the Brickyard after its debut during this year's Brickyard 400. Ticket orders for the 2012 Super Weekend at the Brickyard will be accepted starting Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Orders can be made at www.imstix.com and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the 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-Friday. Details on ticket pricing, race distances for the Nationwide Series and two GRAND-AM events and the complete event schedule will be released at a later date. The best way for fans to secure their reserved seat tickets for the historic inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard is to purchase reserved seats for the 2011 Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 31 and reorder those tickets during the two-week renewal period starting Aug. 1.(IMS)(7-6-2011)

  • Indianpolis Motor Speedway considering taking Nationwide race UPDATE2: An Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Tuesday confirmed talks to bring a sports car race to the facility's road course in 2012 during NASCAR's Brickyard 400 weekend, but he said no agreement is in place. The biggest obstacle: converting the facility from a road course configuration, which would be used for a Friday endurance race of Grand-Am's Rolex Series, to an oval for NASCAR on Saturday and Sunday. NASCAR owns Grand-Am, which would bring a title sponsor to cover the sanctioning fee estimated at $200,000. Also being discussed is a move of the weekend's Nationwide Series race, which comes with a guaranteed check of about $700,000 due to the television contract, from Lucas Oil Raceway to IMS. IMS officials have been looking for ways to bolster the Brickyard weekend amid declining attendance.(Indianapolis Star)(6-15-2011)
    UPDATE: Officials at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR are in serious discussions about adding a Grand-Am Rolex Series race and possibly a Nationwide Series race to the 2012 Sprint Cup weekend at the Brickyard, multiple sources confirmed Wednesday. The Nationwide race currently at O'Reilly Raceway Park would move to IMS on Saturday afternoon. A three-hour Grand-Am endurance race likely would run on Friday afternoon so as not to conflict with the Truck Series race held that night at ORP. Doug Boles, the director of public relations at IMS, could not comment on a potential Nationwide move but acknowledged discussions to bring the Grand-Am event to the weekend for a road course race are taking place. He said the track needs more than one event to give fans more value for their ticket. Officials at ORP said they have not been told that the Nationwide race will move to IMS next year, but added if that happened it would be a big blow. "If that were to happen it would definitely make us re-strategize and refocus,'' ORP general manager Wes Collier said. "This track has been here for 50 years now. It would definitely be an impact, but we'd continue on. Right now we're planning on having two events here next year.''(ESPN.com)(6-16-2011)
    UPDATE2: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add Nationwide and Grand-Am Rolex Series races to its Sprint Cup weekend in 2012, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday. A press conference is scheduled for 1:30pm/et on Wednesday at the start-finish line at IMS. The Nationwide race will move from its longtime home at Lucas Oil Raceway. The Truck Series is expected to remain at LOR, likely on Friday night. Doug Boles, the director of public relations at IMS, could not comment on the scheduling changes when contacted Tuesday.(ESPN)(7-5-2011)

  • Indy expects empty seats for Brickyard 400: Ticket sales for this year's Brickyard 400 are lagging behind last year's pace, and race organizers worry it could produce a second straight record-low turnout for the July 31 race. "We don't disclose numbers, but you saw a lot of empty seats here last year, and I think you're going to see more here this year," Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO Jeff Belskus told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Declining ticket sales have already hit two of NASCAR fans' favorite tracks this season - Bristol and Talladega. And Dover, which has traditionally drawn smaller crowds, had empty sections at Sunday's race. Indianapolis could be the next to see declining numbers. Last July's attendance estimate was 140,000 - nearly half of the 270,000 that came to the track in 2007. Belskus concedes that the poor economy and high gas prices have made an impact on ticket sales, but he believes the tire fiasco of 2008 and too many stock car races in the Midwest have also played a part in the decline.(Indianapolis Star)(5-18-2011)

  • IMS's Carnegie's life celebrated: He had a voice larger than life and became as much a part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the famed Yard of Bricks, but Tom Carnegie was one of us, a friendly, caring man of the people. That was the common theme throughout a host of tributes paid Feb. 15 during a celebration of the life of Carnegie, the longtime IMS Public Address announcer who died Feb. 11 at age 91. An overflow crowd packed the IMS Hall of Fame Museum for the ceremony honoring Carnegie, who served as the Public Address announcer at IMS for 61 consecutive years, from 1946-2006. He called 61 Indianapolis 500's, 12 Brickyard 400's and six United States Grands Prix for millions of fans at IMS. Indianapolis television sports anchor Dave Calabro served as host of the ceremony. Calabro worked for many years on the public address at IMS with Carnegie and leads the announcing team today. Members of Carnegie's family, including two of his children, attended the ceremony. Nancy George affectionately shared an anecdote about how she and her brother and sisters would ride their bikes around IMS as children, pretending they were race drivers. But one of the George children always played Carnegie?s role as Public Address announcer.(IMS)(2-16-2011)

  • 'Voice of the Speedway' Tom Carnegie dies: The golden voice of the Indianapolis 500 is now quiet. Tom Carnegie died today at a health care facility in Zionsville. He was 91. Carnegie began working as Indianapolis Motor Speedway's lead announcer in 1946, a career spanning six decades. His deep, measured voice was iconic even among the icons of auto racing. "He's one of those personalities where you wish time would stand still so he could be forever with us," 1969 race winner Mario Andretti once said. A longtime Zionsville resident, he is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, D.J., and their three children, Blair, Charlotte and Robert. Until 2007, when he helped call his final 500, he seldom missed a day in May at the Speedway. For fans and competitors, it wasn't a day at the track until he said "Good morning, race fans" across the loud speakers.
    Two of Carnegie's sayings will live forever in the hearts of race fans:
    "Heeee's on it" in describing the start of an official qualifying attempt; "It's a newwww track record." See more at the Indianapolis Star, with a link there to leave thoughts.(2-11-2011)

  • Young Race Fans Are Winners In New IMS Kids Club: Young race fans will receive a wide variety of great benefits in 2011 and develop a lifelong love of motorsports and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by joining the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kids Club. Membership in the first-ever Kids Club at IMS is packed with value for fans 12 and under, as annual dues are just $25 per child. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kids Club benefits include:
    "Welcome letter from a driver
    ""Kid-ential" membership card and lanyard
    "Kids Club T-shirt
    "Lunch bag with school supplies, temporary tattoos and a Mattel Hot Wheels car
    Visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/KidsClub for more information or to join the fastest kids' club in motorsports. The first 200 children registered online for the Kids Club will be able to participate in a special driver autograph session (drivers and date TBA).(IMS)(12-13-2010)

  • 2001 Brickyard 400 Tickets on sale Nov. 4th: Tickets for the 2011 Brickyard 400 and Red Bull Indianapolis GP events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will go on sale at 8:00 am on Thursday, Nov. 4, with special, race-themed incentives for selected early customers. The 18th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Sunday, July 31, with the fourth annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race Sunday, Aug. 28. For just the second year, Race Day general admission tickets will be offered for the Brickyard 400, with prices starting at $30 ? a $10 savings from 2010. Race Day general admission tickets also will be available for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, starting at $40. All children 12 and under will be admitted free with an adult general admission ticket holder at both events. As a special incentive, four fans will win a prize package based on when they purchase tickets Thursday. The first online and in-person ticket purchaser each will be awarded prizes, and the 11th and 26th overall (online or in-person) purchasers Thursday also will be winners. More info on tickets at www.imstix.com or call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(11-4-2010)

  • 2011 Brickyard 400 scheduled for July 31st: The 18th annual Brickyard 400 will take place Sunday, July 31, 2011, according to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule released Aug. 18. The annual NASCAR mid-summer classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the 20th of 36 races on the 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule. A race Sunday, July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will precede the Brickyard 400. No race is scheduled for the week before the Brickyard 400. A new, two-tiered ticket pricing program is creating even more value and a wider variety of options for fans attending the 2011 Brickyard 400. Prices have been cut in selected rows of specific grandstands at IMS. Race Day general admission ticket prices also have been reduced. Brickyard 400 Race Day general admission tickets, which debuted in 2010 at $40, are available for 2011 at the reduced price of $30 in advance, $35 on Race Day. Fans ages 12 and under are admitted free on any day of the event with an adult holding a general admission ticket. Prices for selected premium seats were increased slightly as part of the new program. Visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com for more details or imstix.com to reorder or apply for 2011 Brickyard 400 tickets.(IMS)(8-19-2010)

  • Indy to run on 7/31: nothing announced, but on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Brickyard 400 page, the 2011 racedate is shown as July 31, 2011. A week later then in 2010. Looks like the final 2011 off weekend will be July 23-24th and the 2nd Pocono race on 8/7. All 2011 race dates have been announced except the Brickyard 400, two Pocono race and two Talladega races, but by basically looking at the 2011 schedule as it stands, pretty easy to place those race dates. See more on my 2011 Sprint Cup Schedule page. Supposedly NASCAR is to announced the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule sometime today, August 18, 2010, but nothing yet as of 3:30pm/et.(8-18-2010)

  • IMS could take Nationwide race from ORP: Indianapolis Motor Speedway's answer to dwindling interest in NASCAR's Brickyard 400 apparently includes acquiring the Nationwide Series race held at O'Reilly Raceway Park. IMS chief executive officer Jeff Belskus confirmed interest in hosting stock car racing's No. 2 series, which has been at ORP for 28 years. It draws an annual crowd of 30,000 the night before the 400. "Our partners have mentioned it to us," Belskus said Thursday. "We are looking for ways to invest in the Brickyard 400." Acquiring rights to the Nationwide race would bring a cash infusion to IMS, which saw attendance for last weekend's race plummet. The television revenue from hosting a Nationwide race is worth about $500,000, or about half of what's needed to offset the sanctioning fee. Increasing the IMS ticket price for Saturday -- currently $15 -- likely would cover much of the rest of the cost, but the real advantage is a bolstering of the weekend schedule. This year, IMS had two hourlong practices Friday, followed by qualifying and two practices Saturday. With Nationwide involved, IMS could showcase nearly non-stop track activity both days, which would be good for suite sales and hospitality. A Nationwide race likely would be run Saturday afternoon at a distance of 200 or 300 miles. Former IMS boss Tony George always resisted the temptation to go after the Nationwide race because he wanted to be a good neighbor to ORP and its owner, NHRA. The other conflict was the Brickyard's sponsor. Allstate, a rival insurance giant, paid upward of $2 million a year over a four-year contract. It isn't clear what ORP, which also has a Camping World Truck Series race, would do if it loses Nationwide to IMS. Belskus said a decision by his organization and NASCAR "hasn't been made yet," and it's possible Nationwide could run an additional race at ORP on a different weekend.(Indianapolis Star)(7-30-2010)
    UPDATE: The NASCAR Nationwide Series is staying at O'Reilly Raceway Park, its home for 28 years. Late Monday, NASCAR informed the NHRA, which owns ORP, the 2011 race would not be moved to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which in the wake of attendance drops is looking to beef up its schedule on Brickyard 400 weekend. "It's very good news," ORP spokesman Scott Smith said. "A lot of people were very much wanting to see it stay here."(Indianapolis Star)(8-4-2010)

  • New Ticket Prices for 2011 Brickyard 400: A new, two-tiered ticket pricing program is creating even more value and a wider variety of options for fans attending the 2011 Brickyard 400. Prices have been cut in selected rows of specific grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mid-summer classic. Race Day general admission ticket prices also have been reduced. "This new ticket pricing program will make the Brickyard 400 more accessible to more fans while also providing more choices for value-conscious consumers," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and CEO. "The combination of more affordable ticket prices, exciting racing from the stars of NASCAR and the great new fan experiences we created in 2010, such as the Brickyard Beach Bash and Family Fun Area, should produce a very memorable Brickyard 400 in the final year of our Centennial Era."
    Brickyard 400 Race Day ticket prices have been cut in the lower rows of the Southeast Vista, Southwest Vista, Northeast Vista and H Stand grandstands. Prices in those rows range from $50-65, a reduction of $20 over 2010 prices. Brickyard 400 Race Day general admission tickets, which debuted in 2010 at $40, are available for 2011 at the reduced price of $30 in advance, $35 on Race Day. Prices for selected premium seats were increased slightly as part of the new program. Visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com for more details or http://www.imstix.com to reorder or apply for 2011 Brickyard 400 tickets. The 2011 Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, 2011, subject to any changes on the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.(IMS)(8-3-2010)

  • Roundtrip Race Day Shuttle Service To Be Offered For Brickyard 400 Fans: The Town of Speedway is facilitating roundtrip bus service for 2010 Brickyard 400 fans on Race Day, Sunday, July 25 at four convenient locations, including three in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport. Service in air-conditioned shuttles will be provided by the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Handicapped-accessible vehicles will be available on all routes. More info, prices, etc on the IMS site.(7-22-2010)

  • Avoid Construction, Arrive Early To Indy: NASCAR fans are encouraged to arrive early in the Indianapolis area during the Brickyard 400 on July 23-25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to a major Interstate highway construction project west of the racetrack. The southbound Interstate 465 exit to Crawfordsville Road (southbound Exit 16A) is closed for the remainder of 2010 as part of a major reconstruction of I-465 on Indianapolis' west side. This traditionally has been a popular exit for fans heading to the Speedway from points north and northwest of IMS.
    For 2010 Brickyard 400 activities, fans traveling southbound on I-465 should use the 38th Street exit (Exit 17), located one mile north of Crawfordsville Road, and proceed east following signage toward the track.
    The Indiana State Police advises spectators to visit its website, www.in.gov/isp, to receive information on the most direct routes to take when arriving and leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Road conditions and construction updates also can be found at the site.
    Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues by using shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Air-conditioned shuttles will operate from three locations downtown and from Indianapolis International Airport. To purchase a shuttle ticket, or for additional information, log onto www.brickyard400parking.com. IMS officials offer two additional recommendations to fans: plan to leave early for the track, and do not use 16th Street westbound in an attempt to enter via Gate 2, as 16th Street quickly backs up due to the volume of cars attempting to park in the infield. A very limited number of infield parking spaces are available and accessible via Gate 10 on 30th Street - the same gate where fans can park for free in Lot 7. Ample parking also is available in IMS Lot 1B (the "Coke Lot") at 25th Street and Georgetown Road. A map of IMS parking lots is available by clicking here. On Brickyard 400 Race Day, public gates open at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 1 p.m. For additional information, and a complete schedule of the events, visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-21-2010)

  • Sprint Cup Hauler parade in Speedway IN: Brickyard 400 fans can get an up-close view of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "haulers" - the semi trucks carrying the stock cars competing July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - at the second annual Hauler Parade and Festival on Thursday, July 22 on Speedway's Main Street. The event takes place from 5-8:30 pm, with live music featuring local country music act KJ & TKJ's kicking off activities at 5 pm at the corner of 15th and Main Streets - across the street from popular local restaurant Dawson's on Main. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers - approximately 50 are expected - will arrive at 6 pm in parade fashion behind the 2010 Brickyard 400 Pace Car and park on Main Street from just south of 15th Street in two lines stretching to 10th Street. A media pit stop competition, featuring local on-air personalities, is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 pm. Dawson's will have food and beverages available for purchase throughout the event, and parking will be available on Speedway town streets west of Main and also at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's gravel Main Gate Parking Lot, located on the south side of 16th Street east of the Speedway gas station. Fans can also watch the haulers parade north on Main Street and east on 16th Street at 8 p.m., as they depart the Hauler Parade and Festival single-file and enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds for the Brickyard 400.
    Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day - at a value price of just $40 each - for the first time at this year's event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7020-2010)

  • Brickyard 400 National Anthem songer announced: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman to sing the national anthem before the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 25. Chapman's most recent release on Sparrow Records, "Beauty Will Rise," is likely the most important of his recording career of more than 20 years. Chapman's unflinching honesty is evident on the record as he sings about the tragic passing of his 5-year-old daughter, Maria. The performance by Chapman bolsters an already impressive lineup of national and regional talent performing live during the Brickyard 400 weekend July 23-25. All concerts are free to ticket holders each day at the track. Another addition is IMS fan favorite Casey Jamerson, an Indianapolis native. Rising country music artist Jamerson will perform a pre-race concert at 11am/et Sunday, July 25 on the Plaza Stage in the Pagoda Plaza. The headline act of the music lineup Saturday, July 24 is Capitol Records Nashville singer-songwriter Luke Bryan. The Miller Lite Cars and Guitars concert starts at noon on the Plaza Stage. The musical lineup Friday, July 23 features two shows on the Plaza Stage, popular country duo Cooke & Belle at 11:30 a.m. and teen singer-songwriter sensations Anna Margaret and Josh Golden at 5 p.m
    Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day - at a value price of just $40 each - for the first time at this year's event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-19-2010)

  • Luke Bryan to perform at Indy: Capitol Records Nashville singer-songwriter Luke Bryan will perform Saturday, July 24 on Qualifying Day for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Miller Lite Cars and Guitars concert starts at noon (ET) on the Plaza Stage in the Pagoda Plaza. It's free to all ticket holders that day at IMS. Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day - at a value price of just $40 each - for the first time at this year's event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-15-2010)

  • Free Digital Brickyard 400 Guide Available: Fans can enhance their experience at the Brickyard 400 on July 23-25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by reading the event's digital 2010 Guest Guide available now at the IMS website. View the Guide at indianapolismotorspeedway.com. The Guide is free.
    The 16-page guide, available exclusively online, includes information about the event, including the schedule, directions, parking and transportation, a facility map, storylines, merchandise and concession locations and much more. The interactive guide also is enhanced by embedded video and photos, creating a rich multimedia experience for fans. Fans also can select from one of five colorful covers featuring three-time event winner Jimmie Johnson, two-time winner and Indiana native Tony Stewart and more.
    Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day - at a value price of just $40 each - for the first time at this year's event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-14-2010)

  • Artist Erwin Dazelle paints the cover for the Brickyard 400 Program: Internationally acclaimed French artist Erwin Dazelle was named by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the 2010 Brickyard 400 Official Program Artist. Dazelle's program cover for the 2010 Brickyard 400, set for July 23-25, depicts Jimmie Johnson's #48 and Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevrolets, two of the most decorated Brickyard 400 drivers and two of the most recognized NASCAR Sprint Cup race cars of the decade, as well as an iconic image of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring the Yard of Bricks and the Pagoda. Dazelle, 35, from Bayonne, France, is one of the top artists in the southwest of France and the Basque country. Dazelle will attend the 2010 Brickyard 400 and will be on hand to meet the fans at the track throughout the weekend. To learn more about Dazelle, visit www.dazelleusa.com.(IMS)(7-10-2010)

  • Earlier Indy 500 start time likely: An earlier starting time for the Indianapolis 500 to accommodate drivers wishing to compete in it and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day is likely to happen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus said this week. "We're inclined to change our starting time," Belskus said. "We do want to try to make it happen." Belskus said ABC, which owns television rights to the 500, has been consulted and hasn't indicated it would oppose a switch to 11 a.m. from the current 1 p.m. The idea gained momentum in May when Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., proposed putting up a $20 million bonus for any driver who could win both races on the same day. Smith and Indy Racing League CEO Randy Bernard were asked about the status of their negotiations last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "We've had some dialogue on some big ideas," Bernard said as Smith nodded his assent. Neither would elaborate.(Indianapolis Star)(7-3-2010)

  • Bruton offers a driver $20 million if wins both Indy 500 & Coke 600: On Thursday night's edition of NASCAR Race Hub, reporter Wendy Venturini scored an exclusive sit-down interview with Speedway Motorsports Inc., chairman Bruton Smith. As part of the interview, Smith talks of ongoing discussions with his counterparts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway about the possibility of linking the famed Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 ... with the possibility that a driver who wins both on the same day earning a $20 million bonus.
    Bruton Smith: "We do ... we do ... we want to surprise the fans. Every time they come, we want them to say, 'Wow, I didn't know about that.' I'm working on something now that I thought would be great, for say, next year. And that is we'll maybe do something that would cause drivers to get more interested in running (the Indianapolis 500) and then coming here and ... driving 1,100 miles of racing. It would take a Superman-type driver to (win both events)."
    NASCAR Race Hub: I thought the reason some of the drivers backed away from doing (both events) was ... I don't know ... a conflict of the (start) times?
    Bruton Smith: "I've talked to Indianapolis and they would start their race at 11 o'clock ... we'd have a jet waiting for the drivers. They'd land right here. We'd helicopter them (to the track) and they'd have ample time before they had to get in their car to win the 600. So, we have five or six drivers that could accomplish (winning both events on the same day)."(SPEED)(5-14-2010)

  • If Danica Dominates Daytona, Fans win Indy Ticket deals: New Indianapolis 500 ticket customers can cash in on Danica Patrick's participation in the ARCA Racing Series season opener Saturday, Feb. 6 at Daytona International Speedway. It's up to Danica how much they'll cash in. If Patrick leads many laps, she'll drive big Tower Terrace ticket price reductions for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She is driving the #7 Go Daddy machine for Andretti Autosport in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." For instance, if Patrick leads 40 laps, fans will receive a $40 reduction from the regular $90 price of a Tower Terrace ticket purchased between Saturday, Feb. 6 through Saturday Feb. 13. If she leads all 80 laps of the race, fans will receive the $90 ticket for $10! In honor of Patrick's ground-breaking 19-lap run at the front in the closing laps of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2005, the Speedway will offer at least $19 savings on Tower Terrace tickets for the 2010 Indy 500 purchased during the promotion dates. If Patrick leads 19 or fewer laps in the #7 JR Motorsports Chevy, the ticket price reduction remains $19. The promotion is for new purchases of Tower Terrace tickets only. Tower Terrace is located along the Speedway's main straightaway, also providing an excellent view of pit lane. Beginning immediately following the ARCA race Feb. 6, fans can purchase the discounted tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com. The specially priced seats will be available 24 hours per day until 11:59pm/et Saturday, Feb. 13.(IMS)(2-5-2010)

  • Tony George resigned from posts at Indy: The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company and affiliated companies, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has received the resignation of Anton H. "Tony" George from the board of directors effective immediately, according to Mari Hulman George, chairman. "As members of his family, we are sorry to see Tony leave," said Mrs. George. "We are grateful for his service to our company as a board member and of course for formerly serving as CEO and president of our companies. I speak for our whole family in wishing him well. All of us had hoped that Tony would continue to serve on the board, and we made that clear to him. We are disappointed with his decision to step down despite our wishes." His resignation removes George from any remaining role in Hulman & Company, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing League, IMS Productions and other affiliated companies. His term as CEO of the family companies ended June 30, 2009. He continues to be involved in racing through his ownership of Vision Racing, a competitor in the IZOD IndyCar Series of the Indy Racing League. The board vacancy will be addressed at a later date. In addition to Mari Hulman George, board members include Nancy George, Josie George, Kathi George-Conforti and Jack Snyder. Mari Hulman George said she is very pleased with the direction of the company and the progress that has been made during the last six months. "Our company is healthy and is weathering the economic recession well," she said. "Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Curt Brighton, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, are both doing excellent jobs in guiding our companies through this difficult time. Many hard decisions have been made, and now our companies are well positioned for the future."(IMS)(1-20-2010)

  • Free admission to Indy museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is offering free admission to the Museum and the narrated track tour on Wednesday, Dec. 23 as part of the "12 Free Days of Indy Christmas." For the fourth consecutive year, IMS is participating in the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association?s popular program that offers the public free admission for one day to many of Indianapolis? top tourist attractions. The IMS Hall of Fame Museum houses one of the world?s most diverse collections of race cars and historically-significant automobiles as well as motorsports artifacts and art. The Hall of Fame Museum features more than 75 vehicles on display representing various facets of motorsports and automobile history including the Indianapolis 500, stock car racing, sports car racing and vintage luxury passenger models. The Hall of Fame Museum is open 9am -5pm/et on Dec. 23. For more information, contact the Museum at (317) 492-6784 or visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(12-23-2009)

  • Indy Motor Speedway holding warehouse sale: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway again will offer fans the opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping at the annual IMS Warehouse Sale Nov. 6-7. Fans can get an additional 10 percent off their purchase by bringing an item to donate for The Salvation Army Center for Women and Children. For a list of accepted donation items, hours of the sale and more info, visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com or store.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(11-6-2009)

  • 2010 Brickyard 400 Tix on sale: Tickets for the 2010 Brickyard 400, scheduled for Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are on sale now. Fans have three methods to purchase tickets for one of the premier races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule:
    *Online: Visit the Tickets section of indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
    *Phone: Call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.
    *In person: Visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street.
    Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.(IMS)(10-14-2009)

  • Indy staff plants trees: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided the manpower and NASCAR the material to add a little more green to Indianapolis' Gustafson Park on Oct. 13. A total of 36 IMS employees volunteered their time to plant 40 trees in the 30-acre Indy Parks facility, located at the intersection of 30th Street and Moller Road - located a mile northwest of Turn 4 of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Gustafson plays a key role for the nearby Eagledale neighborhood and Northwest High School, serving as a gathering place with its shaded picnic area, community swimming pool, football fields and baseball diamonds. The tree planting at Gustafson Park is part of NASCAR's Green Flag Tree Planting Program. For every green flag waved during the 2009 Brickyard 400, NASCAR pledged to donate 10 trees to the local community. There were a total of four green flags during the race, won by three-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson. The program was launched during the 2009 season, at select NASCAR venues, with plans to expand it in 2010. The tree-planting event also comes one day before the kickoff of 2010 Brickyard 400 ticket sales, as tickets officially go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the ticket office in the IMS Administration Building at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road, by phone at (800) 822-INDY or online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(10-14-2009)

  • No NASCAR-GrandAm double-header at Indy: NASCAR's GrandAm series finally released its 2010 tour schedule, and on the Sprint Cup's Brickyard 400 weekend - July 25th is race day - the sports car series will be idle. NASCAR president Mike Helton had indicated three weeks ago, just after a GrandAm test around Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Formula One course, that a Cup-GrandAm double-header at Indy was possible. In fact the prospect of more Cup-GrandAm double-headers - such as at Daytona in July - appeared possible. The GrandAm series already runs with the NASCAR Nationwide tour at Montreal in late summer and with the Cup cars at Watkins Glen in early August.(MikeMulhern.net)(10-11-2009)

  • Indy double-header in 2010?: Next summer's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis could be part of a novel double-header -- with NASCAR's Grand American sports cars also running at the Speedway on the Formula One road course during the Brickyard 400 weekend. "It's a matter of how they might be able to change over to the road course from the oval," NASCAR president Mike Helton said. NASCAR ran both the Grand Am and Sprint Cup events the same day at Daytona in July, in what is seen as a test of track changeover techniques and promotions for other similar double-header weekends for NASCAR's stock cars and sports cars. "But Daytona is a lot different than Indianapolis," Helton points out. "It used to take a long time (as much as six to eight hours) to change over Daytona from one to the other. But they've figured out how to cut time down."(MikeMulhern.net)(9-22-2009)

  • IndyCar owners support moving up Indianapolis 500 start time: The Indianapolis 500 will return to its more traditional start time -- 11 a.m. -- if some influential IndyCar Series team owners have a say in it. The leaders of Team Penske and Andretti Green Racing said Saturday they support a change back to the earlier start time to help the event attract NASCAR drivers, which they figure would boost television ratings for the 500. Currently, the 1 p.m. start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway does not allow enough time for drivers to complete the 500 miles and then fly to Concord, N.C., for the Sprint Cup Series night race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Team Penske president Tim Cindric brought the subject up in an owners meeting held with Indy Racing League officials prior to the race at Chicagoland Speedway. "It's worth one (ratings) point, at least," Cindric said after the meeting.(Indianapolis Star)(8-30-2009)

  • Renew Brickyard 400 Tix by Aug 10th get cooler: Fans who renew their Race Day Brickyard 400 tickets online by midnight Monday, Aug. 10, 2009 at imstix.com can choose a collectible cooler featuring one of the following Sprint Cup Series stars: Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Kasey Kahne. Or fans can opt for a cooler commemorating the historic IMS Centennial Era celebration. IMS is one of the few remaining sports facilities in the world that allows fans to bring in their own food and drinks. Go to www.imstix.com and complete the following steps:
    "Click on the "Reorder Tickets" tab beneath the Brickyard 400 logo
    "Log in to your account
    "Follow the step-by-step instructions to complete the renewal process
    "Select your choice of six-pack cooler
    Pending official release of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series schedule by NASCAR, the 2010 Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, July 25. Tickets for the final event of 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 28-30- can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.(IMS)(7-30-2009)

  • Allstate terminates Brickyard sponsorship: Allstate and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are ending their five-year title sponsorship arrangement for naming rights to the NASCAR race at the track. It was run Sunday for the final time as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Speedway spokesman Ron Green said it's unlikely a replacement will be sought and the race will return to its former name as the Brickyard 400. Allstate, in a statement, cited "stronger (results) in other properties" for not renewing its sponsorship.(Indianapolis Star)(7-27-2009)

  • NASCAR back at Indy...in the fall? Stock cars might return this fall. IMS officials have discussed staging an exhibition on the road course with NASCAR and Grand Am's sports cars. The road course will begin to be installed next week for the Aug. 28-30 motorcycle event, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.(Indianapolis Star)(7-27-2009)

  • Indy Transporter Parade: A parade of approximately 40 colorful NASCAR Sprint Cup Series transporters will drive through greater Indianapolis on Thursday evening, July 23, the day before the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard opens at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The parade will start at 6:00pm in Greenwood and travel on Interstate 65 North to Interstate 70 West. The transporters will exit at Holt Road and drive to 10th Street before stopping on Main Street in Speedway, where they will be on display for the public until 8:30pm. Info about tickets for the Allstate 400 at indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-23-2009)

  • Changing Indy 500 start time not being discussed: For those hoping that the Indianapolis 500 might change its start time to encourage drivers to be able to do both the IndyCar Series race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, think again. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Belskus, who oversees both the IRL and the race track, said Tuesday during a news conference at the track that he has had no discussions about changing the start time since taking over the position three weeks ago. The Indianapolis 500 start time likely would have to change from its recent 1 p.m. EDT slot for it to be possible for a driver to do both events. It would be hard for Lowe's Motor Speedway to start the NASCAR race later than 5:45 p.m. because of the length of the 600-mile race, which takes more than four hours to complete. With the crossover of open-wheel drivers to NASCAR - such as #14-Tony Stewart, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #7-Robby Gordon, #34-John Andretti and #77-Sam Hornish Jr. - heavy interest could be generated if drivers could do both races and rumors have circulated that the start time could be altered.(SceneDaily)(7-22-2009)

  • Humpy in talks to Indy to help promote UPDATE: Humpy Wheeler, who helped make Lowe's Motor Speedway a power in NASCAR, said he could be in line to help Indy-car racing improve its business. Wheeler confirmed talks with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. officials about having his company, The Wheeler Company, offer promotional and marketing support to the IndyCar Series. Advertisement "Right now it's all in its infancy," he said. "We haven't made any deals yet; we're just in the talking stage." IMS Corp. officials have not confirmed talks with Wheeler or his son, Trip, who runs the family business. Wheeler, who in the 1960s worked with Firestone's Indy-car program, said there is a need to "objectively look" at the series.(Indy Star)(6-26-2009)
    UPDATE: Former Lowe's Motor Speedway president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler was at the Indianapolis 500 and plans to be back at the famed Brickyard for Sunday's Sprint Cup race. Could he be positioning himself to become a permanent fixture there? "Could be," Wheeler said on Monday night. There is an opening now. Joie Chitwood, the president and chief operating officer at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, announced on Monday he is resigning to become vice president of business operations for International Speedway Corp. in Daytona Beach, Fla. "We were talking," Wheeler said. "Things have kind of slowed down a little bit. The latest move about Chitwood leaving added to the drama. We'll see what happens." Asked directly if he were interested in a position at IMS, Wheeler said, "We'll see."(ESPN Insider)(7-22-2009)

  • Chitwood leaves Indy and joins ISC: Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and Chief Operating Officer Joie Chitwood announced July 20 he was stepping down from his position after this week's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and returning to his home state of Florida. His last day with IMS will be Thursday, Aug. 6. IMS President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Belskus will assume the daily responsibilities of managing the Speedway. It has not been determined if Chitwood will be replaced. Chitwood is becoming the vice president of business operations for the International Speedway Corporation, with headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL.(IMS)(7-21-2009)

  • 2009 IMS tickets available: Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. Beginning in 2009, the Speedway celebrates its Centennial Era, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the facility in 2009 and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011. Tickets for the two remaining events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.(IMS)(7-21-2009)

  • Roundtrip Shuttles Available for the Brickyard: The Town of Speedway is facilitating roundtrip bus service for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard fans Sunday, July 26 at three convenient locations, including two in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport. Service will be provided by Transportation Management Services (TMS) and the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Both companies will serve fans with air-conditioned shuttles and handicapped-accessible vehicles on all routes. For shuttle schedulesand more info, go to indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-20-2009)

  • Indy Digital Guest Guide available: Fans can enhance their experience at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 24-26 at IMS by reading the event's digital Guest Guide available at the Traveler Info. tab at allstate400atthebrickyard.com and the Next Event tab at indianapolismotorspeedway.com. The 16-page guide, available exclusively online, includes information about the event, including the schedule, directions, parking and transportation, a facility map, merchandise locations and more. The interactive guide also is enhanced by embedded video and photos, creating a rich multimedia experience for fans.(IMS)(7-18-2009)

  • Grand Marshal named for Indy: Indiana Pacers 2009 first-round draft pick Tyler Hansbrough will serve as grand marshal for the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26. Hansbrough, a 6-foot 9-inch forward selected with the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft, also will wave the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' mid-summer classic at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Info about tickets for the Allstate 400 at indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-17-2009)

  • Ticket special for military at Indy: Members of the United States military can take advantage of a special promotion for Race Day tickets for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26. The package includes one Race Day ticket in the North Vista or Northeast Vista Backstretch, two Indianapolis Motor Speedway souvenirs and a coupon good for 10 percent off the purchase of IMS merchandise, all for $70. That's a savings of $25 off the retail value of $95. All orders for this package must be received by Friday, July 24. To order, call the IMS Group Sales Office at (866) 221-8775 or visit brickyard.com, type MIL09BY into the Package Promotion Code box and then select the grandstand of your choice. Tickets are limited and subject to availability.(IMS)(7-17-2009)

  • Music Lineup Named for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: Virgin Records recording artists Saving Abel will headline a diverse lineup of musical acts scheduled to play during Allstate 400 at the Brickyard weekend July 24-26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Popular rock band Saving Abel will play from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday, July 26 on the Coke Zero Stage, concluding 30 minutes before 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard pre-race ceremonies begin. The Coke Zero Stage is located in the IMS Pagoda Plaza, located directly behind the landmark Pagoda control tower. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Practice Day lineup Friday, July 24 features Indianapolis-based musical acts Healing Sixes from 11:30am - 12:30pm and Corey Cox from 4:30-5:30pm, both on the Coke Zero Stage. The Speedway's public gates open at 8:00am Friday with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice scheduled for 2:00-3:00pm and 3:30-4:30pm. The Coke Zero Stage music lineup Saturday, July 25 includes country music artist Casey Jamerson from 11:45am -12:30pm, The Elms from 1:00-2:00p.m., Megan Linville from 3:00-3:45pm and Steve Trent and Small Town from 4:30-5:30pm. Public gates open at 7:00am Saturday. Tickets for the two remaining events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.(IMS)(7-17-2009)

  • IMS giving away tickets through social media sites: Fans of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will want to stay logged on to the IMS pages on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace as IMS will soon give away pairs of Allstate 400 at the Brickyard tickets via these social networking Web sites. The giveaways will take place at multiple, random locations in and around Indianapolis. Some sets of tickets feature the autographs of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and more. For each ticket giveaway, IMS staff will use one of the three Web sites to alert fans of the location of the giveaway and other necessary information to claim the tickets. The first person to locate the IMS staff member at the location will win two tickets to the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26.(IMS PR)(7-4-2009)

  • Executive Management Changes At Indy: The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that a new management team comprised of veteran IMS executives W. Curtis Brighton and Jeffrey G. Belskus will head the Hulman-George companies effective July 1. Brighton, currently executive vice president and chief legal counsel, will become president and CEO of Hulman & Company. Belskus, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer for the companies, will become president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. They will replace Tony George, who will no longer serve as president and chief executive officer of the Hulman-George companies but will remain a board member of the Hulman-George companies. "Our board had asked Tony to structure our executive staff to create efficiencies in our business structure and to concentrate his leadership efforts in the Indy Racing League," said Mari Hulman George, IMS chairman of the board. "He has decided that with the recent unification of open-wheel racing and the experienced management team IMS has cultivated over the years, now would be the time for him to concentrate on his team ownership of Vision Racing with his family and other personal business interests he and his family share." Joie Chitwood is president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC. Terry Angstadt is president of the commercial division of the Indy Racing League. Brian Barnhart is president of the competition division of the Indy Racing League. Charlie Morgan is president and COO of IMS Productions. Gary Morris is president and COO of Clabber Girl.(IMS PR)(6-30-2009)

  • IMS to make announcement?: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's board of directors is meeting again Tuesday and expected to make an announcement concerning Tony George's position. It was reported on SPEEDtv.com last month that George had been voted out of power as CEO of IMS by his three sisters, which control six of the board of director votes and had removed his wife. Laura, from her IMS position earlier in May. TG maintained he was still CEO but an IMS release admitted the board wanted George to devise a a management plan that would allow him to focus on the business which requires the greatest attention. He is also CEO of the Indy Racing League, which he founded in 1996. It's speculated that George could be replacing his mother, Mari Hulman-George, as IMS chairman of the board and that longtime NASCAR promoter Humpy Wheeler could be brought in as acting IMS president.(SPEEDtv)(6-29-2009)

  • IMS, O'Reilly Raceway Park offering ticket packages: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis are teaming up to offer ticket packages for three exciting NASCAR races July 24-26 and other value-added features for less than $100. The packages, available starting Monday, June 15, provide fans with special offers on reserved-seat race tickets and food coupons for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 26 at IMS, the Kroger 200 Nationwide Series race Saturday evening, July 25 and the AAA Insurance 200 Camping World Truck Series race Friday evening, July 24, both at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Round-trip luxury motorcoach transportation between IMS and O'Reilly Raceway Park, provided by TourHendricksCounty.com, also will be among the many benefits of the packages. Fans can choose from "Two Track Double Pack" or "Two Track Triple Pack" options.(ORP PR)(6-13-2009)

  • Wheeler to take over Indy? Will legendary NASCAR promoter Humpy Wheeler be asked to take over the reins of legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway? That's part of the speculation swirling around the 100-year-old track the past few days, following Sunday's Indy 500, which showed yet another significant TV ratings drop. Wheeler, at Indy over the weekend instead of at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway, which he ran for more than 30 years for Bruton Smith, has been noncommittal about the Indy affair. Tony George, the 49-year-old who has been running the privately owned Indianapolis track for his family, has been equally noncommittal about what lies ahead, except to deny that he has been ousted as Indy boss. George says he's still the CEO. But there is pressure on George, from family members, to pump up the Indy Racing League, which has struggled to make a go of it. So NASCAR's France family isn't the only American racing giant operation under the gun in these turbulent economic times. George and his family, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League, is suddenly in the news for an internal squabble over how that family's racing operations are going. George himself denies reports that his family has asked him to step down as boss of the deal, but the mass confusion over what really has been happening this week behind closed door in Indianapolis has everyone wondering just what's up.(mikemulhern.net)(5-31-2009)

  • Indy to devise management plan: At a regular meeting of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 26, board members asked Tony George, chief executive officer of the IMS companies, to devise a plan for management of Hulman & Company, the Indy Racing League, Clabber Girl and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that would allow him to focus on the business which requires the greatest attention. This plan is to be presented to the board at a meeting later this year.
    IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George said: "There was a general discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing all of our companies and where most of our energies need to be spent. All of our properties are doing well, given the challenges of the current economy. The Indy Racing League represents our greatest growth opportunity and therefore deserves the most attention at this point."
    Tony George said: "Contrary to published reports, I continue to serve as CEO of IMS. Our board of directors met yesterday, and we did discuss how to best confront challenges and exploit opportunities facing our businesses. This is nothing new and is something that we continually do as a board. But no changes in leadership or responsibility have been made. We don't normally comment on board deliberations concerning our family business. However, the widespread, inaccurate reports and rumors caused my mother and me to conclude that it was necessary to set the record straight. If changes are made in the management of the company that are newsworthy, we will announce them when they are made."(IMS)(5-29-2009)

  • Tony George Ousted From IMS: DENIED: The controversial, ground-breaking, tumultuous 20-year reign of Tony George at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over. SPEEDtv.com has learned George was voted out of power in a Tuesday night board meeting in Indianapolis. A source close to the situation confirmed that the 49-year-old grandson of Tony Hulman would no longer be CEO of the Speedway after a vote of the IMS board of directors which includes mother Mari, sisters Josie, Nancy and Kathy, attorney Jack Snyder and George. Calls to Snyder and Fred Nation, IMS vice president of communications, were not returned and George did not respond to an email. George, who started the Indy Racing League in 1996, will continue as CEO of the IndyCar series and is expected to take more of a hands-on role after Tuesday's developments at the Speedway. It had been rumored for several years that his sisters were concerned with the amount of money George had spent on keeping the IRL afloat and changing the look of the Speedway. He helped orchestrate the unification of open wheel racing with Champ Car's Kevin Kalkhoven in 2008 but since then has mostly concentrated on trying to improve Vision Racing for stepson Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
    It's assumed Jeff Belskus, the IMS chief financial officer, and Curt Brighton, general counsel for the Speedway, will run the show until a replacement is hired. One name making the rounds has been Humpy Wheeler, the longtime promoter at Charlotte who was at last Sunday's Indy 500 for the first time since 1970. The heirs to Tony's throne are Kyle and Jarrod Krisiloff (sons of Josie), Jesika Gunter (daughter of Nancy), Olivia Conforti (daughter of Kathy), Tony Jr. and Lauren (son and daughter of Tony and Laura George). None are on the board as yet but Jarrod Krisiloff currently works in IMS Productions and has spent the past four years learning the ropes of other departments while brother Kyle pursued a driving career in Atlantics and NASCAR before retiring to go to work for the Speedway late last year.(SPEEDtv - oops they removed the link when the story proved to be false)(5-27-2009)
    UPDATE: Tony George denied a report today that he has been ousted from his key role at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, saying he still holds all leadership positions associated with the family-owned business. "I am still CEO and still president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, Hulman and Company, and CEO of the Indy Racing League," George said. According to the report -- which came from an online media company, and was picked up by two local news outlets -- a decision to dismiss George came at Tuesday night's board of directors meeting. George, however, described the meeting as "typical," as did his mother, Mari Hulman George, who is chairman of the board. Hulman George also said there was no call to oust her son, who has held leadership positions at IMS since 1990.(Indianapolis Star)(5-27-2009)

  • Centennial Era Balloon Festival at Indy: The famed Energizer Bunny "Hot Hare" Balloon - the world's tallest hot air balloon - will be among the many colorful participants in the Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages on May 1-3 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The "Hot Hare" likeness of the Energizer Bunny, which has been the star of entertaining Energizer Battery commercials since October 1989, stands at 175 feet when fully inflated - 25 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. The balloon, along with many other colorful hot air balloons, will participate in a full weekend of activities as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off its Centennial Era celebration, honoring the founding and construction of the iconic Speedway in 1909. The Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages will feature balloon "glows" open to the public Friday night, May 1 and Saturday night, May 2, plus balloon races Saturday morning, May 2 and Sunday morning, May 3. It's an appropriate start to the Centennial Era, as a balloon event on June 5, 1909 was the first competitive event to take place at IMS.
    Some additional Energizer Bunny "Hot Hare" Balloon facts:
    "Height of the ears: 60 feet (as tall as the presidents' faces on Mount Rushmore; the ears alone are the height of the average hot air balloon)
    "Thread used to sew the balloon: 84 miles
    "Head: 30 feet wide by 45 feet long
    "Sandals: 60 feet long, 12 feet wide, four feet deep
    "Shoe Size: The equivalent of 98 EEEEE
    "Balloon volume: 180,000 cubic feet (could fit 550 million Energizer AA batteries)
    "Balloon weight: 1,170 pounds (equivalent to 4,680 Energizer D batteries)
    "Double propane burner output: 30 million BTU per hour (equivalent to 5,000 gas grills)
    "Crew: 20 crew members required to facilitate safe inflation, takeoff and landing.
    Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be purchased online at indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.(IMS PR)(4-28-2009)

  • Special Deals on Indianapolis Tickets: Turn 3 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is historically the "sweet spot" of action during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as some of the race's most decisive passes and incidents have taken place there. Now, selected backstretch reserved seats will be available at a special value price for the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26, offering NASCAR fans great action at a great price. These seats are at the end of the back straightaway entering Turn 3 of the historic 2.5-mile IMS oval. Seats in Sections 41 through 50 of the Northeast Vista Backstretch, including the Northeast Vista Backstretch Platform (wheelchair-accessible seating), will sell for $45 each, a $30 savings. Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the 93rd Indianapolis 500, 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and second Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be ordered online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.(IMS PR)(2-24-2009)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway expects some 2009 job cuts: Add the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the list of sports institutions hit by the recession. Speedway officials have completed their budget review and some positions have already been eliminated, though spokesman Fred Nation did not provide a figure. Speedway officials have also implemented a hiring freeze and acknowledge more jobs could be lost next year if the economy continues to fizzle. "As time moves forward, there could be more restructuring, depending on the economy," Nation told The Associated Press on Friday. Earlier this week, the speedway began making changes as it closed its 45-year-old hotel, the Brickyard Crossing Inn, where some drivers used to stay in May and scenes from Paul Newman's movie "Winning" were shot. That decision cost 15 full-time employees their jobs.(Associated Press/ESPN)(12-20-2008)

  • Brickyard Crossing Inn at Indy closes: Brickyard Crossing Inn will close immediately and be razed in a few months, said Joie Chitwood, president and chief operating officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. The motel was built in 1963 on the eastern edge of the IMS grounds. It has 96 rooms. "To bring the motel up to the standards and quality of what guests expect at the Speedway would require significant capital expenditures," Chitwood said. "After reviewing the alternatives, we have decided to discontinue its operation." Plans are being made for the demolition of the motel buildings. Use of the space after the removal of the motel has not been determined, Chitwood said. "IMS has been looking at alternatives to the future of the motel property for several years, including constructing a new hotel," Chitwood said. "We continue to evaluate how a new hotel operation on Speedway property might fit in with the planned redevelopment of the Town of Speedway. To date, we have reviewed proposals from several groups and have met with some of these firms. We're farther along than we've ever been in the process to build a new hotel at IMS." The closure of the motel will not affect the main building of Brickyard Crossing, which is home to a public restaurant, the Flag Room pub, conference space and the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course Golf Shop. All will continue operation. Closure of the motel involves the termination of 15 permanent employees.(IMS PR)(12-16-2008)

  • Brickyard 400 Tix on sale: Tickets for the 16th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2009, will go on sale Monday, Dec. 15. As a special incentive for loyal IMS fans, anyone who buys a Race Day ticket between Dec. 15-26 will receive a promotional code good for a 15% discount on all purchases at the IMS Online Store through 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day, Sunday, July 26. Fans have three methods to buy tickets:
    "Online: Visit the Tickets section of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
    "Phone: Call the IMS Ticket Office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally.
    "In person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office, located in the IMS Administration Building at the intersection of 16th Street and Georgetown Road in Indianapolis. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    Parking and camping permits for the annual Sprint Cup Series classic also can be purchased online, by phone or at the Ticket Office.(IMS PR)(12-13-2008)

  • Tony George recieves award: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Tony George was named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's 2008 Business Leader of the Year for his continued efforts to elevate the state's most famous sporting facility to new heights and for his impact on the community. George received the honor Nov. 6 at the Chamber's 19th Annual Awards Dinner before more than 1,200 business, civic and political leaders at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. "I'm honored to receive this award, which is especially meaningful since it comes from fellow Indiana business leaders," George said. "Maintaining family management and stewardship of the Speedway is very important to me, and I'm grateful to be surrounded by talented people who work hard every day to help us grow our business." George and his family-owned Hulman & Company also runs the Terre Haute, Ind.-based Clabber Girl baking powder enterprise. Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the 93rd Indianapolis 500, 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and second Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be ordered online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.(IMS PR)(11-12-2008)

  • Retiring GM Exec to Lead Brickyard 400 Field to the Green: John Middlebrook, who retired July 1 as GM vice president of global sales, service and marketing operations, will share with the world his passion for Corvette, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR as he leads the field to green in the 2008 Corvette Z06 pace car for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 27, 2008. "It is great honor for me to have the opportunity to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Middlebrook. "There is a tremendous Chevrolet heritage at the Speedway dating back to the involvement of Louis Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500 in the early-1900s. To play a small role in continuing that tradition behind the wheel of the 505-hp Corvette pace car for NASCAR's 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is a memory I will embrace." 2008 marks the 15th time that Chevrolet has paced the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and the fourth consecutive time Corvette has led the pack. Chevrolet's pacing tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway also extends to the Indianapolis 500 where Chevrolet has paced that esteemed race 19 times with Corvette leading the field 10 times.(GM Racing PR)(7-25-2008)

  • Rodriguez to Sing National Anthem at Indy: Daniel Rodriguez, "America's Beloved Tenor," will sing the national anthem before the 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rodriguez is a former member of the New York City Police Department who captivated the United States with his stirring a cappella versions of "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Rodriguez will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" for the second time at an IMS event. He performed before the 87th Indianapolis 500 in May 2003.(IMS PR)(7-18-2008)

  • Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Gate, Grandstand Information: Information on the gates and grandstands open to the public for practice and qualifying days and Race Day during the 15th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, July 25-27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All seats are general admission July 25-26. There is reserved seating and general admission on Race Day, July 27, with general admission available only for IMS General Admission Season Ticket holders.
    Gates Open to Public
    July 25 (Practice, gates open at 8 a.m.) 1/1B/1C, 2, 3, 4/4A, 6, 7/7.5, 9/9A, 10/10A/10B
    July 26 (Qualifying, gates open at 7 a.m.) 1/1B/1C, 2, 3, 4/4A, 6, 7/7.5, 9/9A, 10/10A/10B
    July 27 (Race Day, gates open at 7 a.m.) All gates open
    Stands
    July 25 (Practice) Pit Road Terrace*, Tower Terrace*, South Terrace, Short Chute Disabled, Back Stretch Viewing Mounds, Family Viewing Mounds, Second Turn Viewing Mounds, Third Turn Viewing Mounds, Paddock*, Paddock Penthouse*, E Stand**, E Penthouse, North Vista West Disabled, Northwest Vista
    July 26 (Qualifying) Pit Road Terrace*, Tower Terrace*, South Terrace, Short Chute Disabled, Back Stretch Viewing Mounds, Family Viewing Mounds, Second Turn Viewing Mounds, Third Turn Viewing Mounds, Paddock*, Paddock Penthouse*, A Stand**, A Penthouse, B Stand**, B Penthouse, E Stand**, E Penthouse, Southwest Vista*, Southeast Vista*, North Vista West Disabled, Northwest Vista, J Stand*
    July 27 (Race Day) All stands open
    * -- By section as needed
    ** -- Upper sections(IMS PR)(7-18-2008)

  • Brickyard Names Grand Marshal: Actor John C. McGinley, best known for his role as the sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox on the long-running network comedy Scrubs, has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 27. This year will mark the historic 15th running of the race, one of the highest-profile events in all of motorsports, and will kick off a block of 17 consecutive Sprint Cup Series telecasts on ESPN and ABC. As a guest of Allstate, McGinley will be on-site at the famed Brickyard to headline pre-race activities, including the ceremonial waving of the green flag, signaling the start of the race to the 43 drivers and one of the largest crowds in worldwide motorsports. As a continued family tradition of the speedway, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the legendary command given before every motorsports event at the track, "Gentlemen, start your engines." (Allstate PR)(7-17-2008)

  • Charlie Daniels Band to perform at Indy: Country music legends The Charlie Daniels Band will perform Sunday, July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Popular Sony BMG Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan will serve as opening act for the pre-race entertainment, which will take place on the infield stage located behind the Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Morgan is scheduled to take the stage at 10am/et, while The Charlie Daniels Band will appear at noon. The entertainment is free for all Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day ticket holders. Tickets are on sale for the 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office. General admission Race Day access is available for the first time at this event through an IMS General Admission Season Ticket. The season ticket provides gate admission for a combined six days over the two remaining events this season at IMS, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, for just $120.(IMS PR)(7-4-2008)

  • Goo Goo Dolls to headline concert at Indy: The Goo Goo Dolls will perform a Miller Lite Rock 'N Racing concert Saturday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, capping a day full of action and excitement during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The Goo Goo Dolls will take the stage in the infield of the IMS oval for an afternoon performance. The band's performance is free with $15 gate admission for the day, part of the Miller Lite Rock 'N Racing concert series. This will be the second consecutive Rock 'N Racing concert at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Miller Lite also presents the wildly popular Miller Lite Carb Day Concert during the Indianapolis 500, with Stone Temple Pilots as this year's headline act Friday, May 23. The Goo Goo Dolls' concert is the finale of a full day of exciting action at IMS. Sprint Cup qualifying and practice also take place that day on the historic 2.5-mile oval, with complete schedule details coming soon. The 15th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, July 27.(IMS)(5-20-2008)

  • Genernal Admission season tix offered by Indy: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering a General Admission Season Ticket for all three of its world-class events in 2008, the 92nd Indianapolis 500, 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP. The season ticket provides gate admission for a combined nine days over the three events, including all three race days, for just $150:
    Indianapolis 500: Friday, May 23 (Miller Lite Carb Day, Firestone Freedom 100); Saturday, May 24 (Drivers' Meeting), Sunday, May 25 (Race Day)
    "Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: Friday, July 25 (Chevy Day at the Brickyard, Practice); Saturday, July 26 (Qualifying, Practice), Sunday, July 27 (Race Day)
    "Red Bull Indianapolis GP: Friday, Sept. 12 (Practice), Saturday, Sept. 13 (Qualifying, Practice), Sunday, Sept. 14 (Race Day)
    An IMS Season Ticket provides the only way for fans to obtain general admission Race Day access to the popular Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the annual stop of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the historic 2.5-mile oval. All other Race Day tickets are reserved for this event. Fans have three easy methods to buy IMS General Admission Season Tickets: Online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time; on the phone by calling (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700; or visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office.(IMS)(5-14-2008)

  • Open Wheel Series Unify: Indy Racing League founder and CEO Tony George and owners of the Champ Car World Series have completed an agreement in principle that will unify the sport for 2008. Gerald Forsythe, co-owner of Champ Car, signed an agreement in principle Feb. 22 in Chicago, joining his partner, Kevin Kalkhoven. George signed the agreement Feb. 21.(Indycar.com)(2-22-2008)

  • Box Lunches at Indy available: The Food & Beverage Department of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is accepting orders for the Brickyard Box Lunch, a satisfying meal to enjoy on Race Day at the track. Fans may place orders for the Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP and pick up their lunch on Race Day at IMS. Brickyard Box Lunches come with a freshly made sandwich or chef salad, and a delicious fried chicken breast, chips, fresh apple, baked beans, cookie, condiments and a choice of two beverages that will keep fans satisfied until the end of the race. There are four box lunch options available: Ham and cheese sandwich; Turkey and cheese sandwich; Italian sub sandwich; or Speedway special chef salad with ranch dressing. The cost of a Brickyard Box Lunch is $14.95 each. A reusable souvenir cooler with a program pocket and choice of six beverages is available for $21.95. The collectible cooler does not include a box lunch or souvenir program. An Official Souvenir Program also may be ordered through the Brickyard Box Lunch Program for an additional $10. Box lunches, coolers and souvenir programs can be ordered securely online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS Food & Beverage Department at (317) 492-6422 to request an order form. Mail orders must include full payment with a cashier's check, money order (U.S. funds only) or a credit card number. Personal checks will not be accepted. Box lunch ordering deadlines for 2008: Indianapolis 500, May 18; Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, July 20; Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Sept. 7.(IMS PR)(2-3-2008)

  • Indy Tix on sale Monday: Tickets for all three world-class events in 2008 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the 92nd Indianapolis 500, 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP - will go on sale Monday, Nov. 12. The best seats for all three races will sell quickly. This is the first opportunity to buy tickets for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP, the first motorcycle race at IMS since 1909, so fans should hurry to be a part of history. Fans have three easy methods to purchase tickets starting at 8:00am/et Nov. 12:
    "Online. Visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com to place secure orders with a credit card. Online ordering is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
    "Phone. Call (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday to order tickets.
    "In person. Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis to buy tickets. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The 92nd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 25. Next is the 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 27. The 2008 season will conclude with the return of motorcycle racing to IMS for the first time in 99 years with the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, Sept. 14.(IMS PR)(11-9-2007)

  • Indy Loses some seats: Construction noise at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has drowned out the fact that the Indianapolis 500 will have fewer seats to offer in the future. The remake of the facility's road circuit for next year's motorcycle race will eliminate a bleacher section known as the First Turn Terrace, which has 5,136 seats. That loss will reduce the total number of seats available for the oval-track configuration to 252,189, based on The Star's findings in 2004. Track president Joie Chitwood called it "insignificant" during a tour of the construction site.(Indianapolis Star)(8-3-2007)

  • Same weekend in 2008 for Indy race: Next year's [Cup] race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for July 27, track officials announced.(Roanoke Times)(7-30-2007)

  • Indy fans to welcome military personnel: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will unite with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard weekend July 27-29. The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (CSAH) provides many programs to benefit wounded veterans of the United States Military and their families. Programs include Emergency Relief, Family Support Network, Career Network, Homes for Heroes and Road to Recovery Conference. The mission of CSAH is to assist those who have given so much on our behalf, and to help soldiers and their families overcome obstacles and resume productive and fulfilling lives. CSAH T-shirts and dog tags will be available for purchase in the Pagoda Plaza. The T-shirts are $20 each and come with a free dog tag. Dog tags can be purchased separately for $5 each. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts and dog tags will benefit CSAH. Fans attending the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard can greet a few of the military members who have benefited from the program in the past and are now national spokespersons. For more information about the Coalition to Support America's Heroes, visit www.saluteheroes.org. Tickets can be purchased at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by phone or at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office. The IMS Ticket Office can be contacted at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally. Ticket Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Race Day reserved seat tickets start at just $35.(IMS PR)(7-25-2007)

  • National Anthem at Indy: Indiana National Guard Sgt. Byron Bartosh will play the national anthem at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A native of Garland, Texas, Bartosh attended high school at the Indiana Academy at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and lives in Bloomington, Ind., following a tour in the United States Marine Corps. Bartosh has also played "Taps" at the Indianapolis 500 in 2006 and 2007.(IMS PR)(7-25-2007)

  • Messina Concert at Indy on race day: CURB Records country music recording artist Jo Dee Messina will play a free concert for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard ticket holders on Race Day, Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day show, starts at noon on the infield adjacent to Turn 10 of the IMS road course. The concert will take place directly north of the IMS Hall of Fame Museum, near Turn 10 of the Speedway's road course. Concert goers must have a Race Day admission ticket for the 14th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Allstate 400 at the Brickyard tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 14th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and can be purchased at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by phone or at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office. The IMS Ticket Office can be contacted at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally. Ticket Office hours are 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. Parking and camping permits also can be purchased online, by phone or at the Ticket Office.(IMS PR)(7-19-2007)

  • Gretchen Wilson to Perform at the Brickyard: Country music superstar Gretchen Wilson will perform a Miller Lite Rock N Racing concert Saturday, July 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Grammy Award winner Wilson will take the stage in the infield of the IMS oval at 4:45 p.m. (ET). Her performance is free with $15 gate admission for the day, is part of the Kurt Busch and Miller Lite Racing present Rock N Racing concert series. This will be the inaugural Rock N Racing concert at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.(IMS PR)(7-18-2007)

  • Actor James Denton named the Grand Marshal of Allstate 400 at Indy: Desperate Housewives actor James Denton has been named the Grand Marshal for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29. This year represents the 14th running of the historic race, which will be the season's first Nextel Cup Series event televised on ESPN [since it was Winston Cup in 2001], and marks Allstate's third consecutive season as title sponsor. Denton will be on hand to participate in pre-race activities, including the ceremonial waving of the green flag, signaling the start of the race. As a continued Indianapolis Motor Speedway family tradition, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the legendary command, "Gentlemen, start your engines." This year's race winner will be vying to become the third consecutive winner to go on and win the Nextel Cup Series Championship, a feat accomplished by Tony Stewart in 2005 and Jimmie Johnson in 2006. Denton is best known from his role as Mike Delfino on ABC's television hit show, Desperate Housewives. He previously starred on the television series, The Pretender, Philly, and Threat Matrix. His feature film credits include Primary Colors and Face/Off. To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS PR)(7-16-2007)

  • Tom Carnegie to be Honored by Indiana Governor: Tom Carnegie, the voice of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for more than six decades, will be presented Tuesday with a Sagamore of the Wabash from Gov. Mitch Daniels. The award recognizes distinguished service in the state. Carnegie, 87, retired last year after 61 years as the track's announcer. Friends report Carnegie's health has improved in the past month and he is looking forward to visiting the track next month. His goal is to be at the Speedway on opening day to interview A.J. Foyt. It will be Foyt's 50th year at Indy.(Indianapolis Star)(4-10-2007)

  • Sad News: Indy Exec Dies: Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive Buddy McAtee died Feb. 12 in Indianapolis. He was 53. McAtee passed away at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis with his family at his side. An employee of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its affiliated companies since 1987, McAtee was promoted to the position of president, chief operating officer and executive producer of IMS Productions on Jan. 15, 2007 after serving as vice president and executive producer since 2002, and leading the company to new heights of creative programming, broadcasting and profitability. A personal commendation that McAtee was proud to receive was the Torchbearer Award from the Indiana University Cancer Center in May 2006. Seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, who also received treatment at IU Cancer Center, presented the award to McAtee. McAtee is survived by his wife, Judy, and a daughter, Nikki. Visitation is scheduled for 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Crown Hill Funeral Home, 700 W. 38th St., Indianapolis. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Memorial donations may be made to Indiana University Medical Center, Cancer Research.(See more at the IMS site)(2-13-2007)

  • Tony George crashes in Daytona test: Tony George's return to driving race cars was met with an accident today at Daytona International Speedway. George, the 47-year-old chief executive officer of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, crashed his Daytona Prototype sports car at about 3:15 p.m. while testing for this month's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. He was not injured. George, who raced extensively in his younger days, said he hasn't driven a race car since 2001. He doesn't think he's been in a road race since 1993. The car George crashed was purchased from Eddie Cheever's sports car team. George, who owns Vision Racing, has entered the Rolex 24 with his stepson, Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Tomas Scheckter as co-drivers. The Rolex 24 is Jan. 27-28.(Indy Star)(1-6-2007)

  • Indy's Grounds Tour returns in 2007: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum's popular "Grounds Tour" will return in 2007 with a 60-date schedule, and the Museum is taking tour ticket orders now. The Grounds Tour is a fantastic opportunity to entertain family, friends or clients with a behind-the-scenes view of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's awe-inspiring infrastructure and history through a 90-minute guided tour, hosted by knowledgeable members of the Museum staff. Guests also will tour the Hall of Fame Museum and enjoy a ride around the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval in one of the Museum's comfortable tour buses, culminating with an opportunity to stop at the "Yard of Bricks" and pose for photographs. 2007 Grounds Tours will take place from March through November, with the opening date scheduled for Thursday, March 15. Tours will wrap up for the year on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-24. Most of the tours take place in prime family vacation time: late June, 22 consecutive days in July, and early August, making Grounds Tours the perfect idea for a family getaway. Tours are scheduled to depart from the Hall of Fame Museum four times per day on scheduled tour days. The Hall of Fame Museum is located in the IMS infield, just inside the main gate (Gate 2) off 16th Street.(IMS PR)
    AND The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is in the giving spirit and offering the public free admission to the museum and the narrated track tour on Friday, Dec. 22. More info at indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(12-19-2006)

  • Hulman-George family honored: The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association presented the Hulman-George family, owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with its prestigious William K. McGowan Jr. Hospitality Leadership Award on Dec. 7. The award, named for William K. "Bill" McGowan, the president and CEO of the ICVA from 1984-2002, recognizes individuals whose contributions have significantly advanced tourism in Indianapolis through vision, passion, can-do spirit and integrity. Winners of the McGowan award, according to the ICVA, "have advanced visitation, economic impact, perception, image and prestige of our great destination." Tony George, chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, accepted the award from the ICVA's Chairman of the Board Jerry Semler during the its annual State of Tourism summit at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. The ICVA presented the award to the Hulman-George family for its efforts, since 1945, to make the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and city of Indianapolis an exciting tourist destination for racing enthusiasts from around the world.(IMS PR)(12-12-2006)

  • Brickyard 400 Tix on Sale Monday: Tickets for the 14th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, July 29, 2007, will go on sale Monday, Dec. 4, and any fan who buys two tickets before Dec. 25 will have a chance to take a lap around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Customers who have renewed or purchased at least two tickets can take a lap around the track as a passenger in a Chevrolet, the Official Vehicle of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for just $25 by calling (800) 822-INDY before Dec. 25. This special offer includes a photo opportunity at the famed Yard of Bricks start-finish line. Track laps are scheduled for Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 and are very limited. Race weekend and Race Day tickets will be available online at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by phone or in person at the IMS Ticket Office. The IMS Ticket Office can be contacted at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally. Ticket Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A two-day general admission pass for practice and qualifying Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 is available for just $25.(IMS PR)(12-3-2006)

  • ISC to buy out IMS ownership pf Chicagoland Speedway: International Speedway Corporation ("ISC") today announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation to indirectly acquire an additional 37.5% interest in Raceway Associates, LLC ("Raceway Associates"), owner and operator of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The purchase price for the transaction is approximately $69 million in cash. After the transaction closes, ISC will own 100% of Motorsports Alliance, LLC ("Motorsports Alliance"), which owns 75% of Raceway Associates. Raceway Associates was formed in 1999 as a joint venture between Motorsports Alliance and the former owners of Route 66 Raceway. Raceway Associates subsequently developed Chicagoland Speedway, a 75,000 seat facility hosting premier motorsports events from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch, IRL IndyCar and ARCA RE/MAX series. ISC will also exercise its right to purchase the minority partners' remaining 25% interest in Raceway Associates pursuant to the 1999 Raceway Associates formation agreement. All the above transactions are expected to close in early 2007.(ISC Motorsports site)(11-1-2006)

  • 2007 Indy Tix Renew and get DVD: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office is accepting ticket orders for the 14th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, 2007, a new date one weekend earlier than the event's traditional date on the first weekend of August. Existing customers who renew or request an upgrade of their tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com will receive a free 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard commemorative DVD. All of the exciting highlights of this year's race, capped by Johnson's unlikely victory in the #48 Lowe's Chevy, are featured on the DVD. To purchase tickets, camping or parking, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to indianapolismotorspeedway.com. The ticket renewal deadline is Monday, Aug. 21. Customers who are upgrading or purchasing Allstate 400 at the Brickyard tickets for the first time should act quickly to increase their chances of obtaining their desired seats.(IMS PR/Site)(8-10-2006)

  • 250 treated at Indy due to heat: About 250 people were treated for heat-related illnesses during Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, said Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Ron Green. That compares with 225 people who were treated in May during the Indy 500 when temperatures were unseasonably hot. The National Weather Service said Sunday's high was the same was it was that day -- 89 degrees. Green said track officials were prepared for the August heat and had cooling-off tents set up around the track. Sunday's heat at the Brickyard wasn't as bad as in 2002, when the high on race day was 96 degrees -- three degrees short of the record for the date.(CNNSI/Associated Press)(8-7-2006)

  • Corvette to Pace the Field at Indy: A new specially-outfitted Corvette Z06 will serve as the official pace car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on August 6. Chevrolet cars have enjoyed the honor of pacing this event for 12 consecutive years, but this year is especially significant for the brand as it's the first time a Corvette serves as the pace vehicle at the prestigious NASCAR event. The Corvette Z06 for the Allstate 400 wears a unique paint scheme, inspired by an asymmetrical theme that conveys an "empathic sense of motion," according to Kip Wasenko, the pace car designer. The Corvette Z06 features broad stripes of yellow, white and blue which complement the Allstate 400 logo and resemble banners that accentuate the car's sense of speed.(GM PR)(8-4-2006)

  • Kelly Rowland to sing National Anthem at Indy: Kelly Rowland, a member of the chart-topping, Grammy-winning musical group Destiny's Child, will sing the national anthem before the start of the 13th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Reserved seats start at just $35. Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY.(IMS PR)(8-3-2006)

  • Indy Race Date to move to July? UPDATE yep: Dick Glover, NASCAR vice president of broadcasting and new media, said that series officials have had talks about moving the Indianapolis race from early August to late July next season to accommodate ESPN's return. Next year begins NASCAR's new TV package. Fox will broadcast the Daytona 500 and the next 12 races through the Coca-Cola 600. TNT will do the next six races, taking it through race #18 on the schedule. That would mean ESPN would make its debut at Pocono and then broadcast the race at Indy. An option would be to move Indianapolis up so that it corresponds with ESPN's first race. That would allow ESPN to trumpet its return in promotions with one of the sport's highest-profile races. NASCAR typically doesn't announce the new schedule until late summer.(Roanoke Times)(7-10-2006)
    UPDATE: The 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will take place Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a week earlier than the event's traditional date on the first weekend in August. The prestigious race will be the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event televised on ESPN since 2000. ABC/ESPN is returning to weekly NASCAR race broadcasts in 2007, airing the last 17 events of the NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. ESPN will launch an extensive multimedia campaign early next year to promote its return to NASCAR at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. That campaign will run through Race Day. Promotion of ESPN's return to NASCAR and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will be included on the full suite of ESPN media, including its cable TV networks, ESPN2, ESPN360, ESPN Radio, Mobile ESPN, ESPN.com and affiliated international networks throughout the world. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard has taken place on the first weekend of August, with race dates ranging from Aug. 1 to Aug. 8, in the event's 13-year history. This year's race is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6.(IMS PR)(7-28-2006)


  • Lorrie Morgan to headline concert at Indy: Country music superstar Lorrie Morgan will headline an Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day concert Sunday, Aug. 6 in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Morgan will perform at noon (ET) in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield directly north of the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Country music rising star Jack Ingram will open the concert at 10 a.m. The show is free for all Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day ticket holders. Public gates open at 7:00am/et on Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day, with the 13th running of the race scheduled to begin at 2:30pm/et. Tickets are on sale for the rac fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside theIndianapolis area.(IMS PR)(7-28-2006)

  • 'Mr. Big' named Grand Marshal of Allstate 400 at Indy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get a touch of Hollywood for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as actor Chris Noth was named July 24 as the race's official grand marshal. Noth will participate in pre-race activities, including the waving of the green flag to signal the start of the race. By Indianapolis Motor Speedway family tradition, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the famous command, "Gentlemen, start your engines." Noth is perhaps best known from his roles as Detective Mike Logan on NBC's long-running crime dramas "Law & Order" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and Mr. Big from the hit HBO series "Sex & the City," for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He recently starred and executive-produced the TNT Original film "Bad Apple," as well as starring as Roman general Pompey in the TNT epic miniseries "Caesar." Noth also enjoyed a successful Broadway run of the revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man." On the silver screen, Noth has been seen in such films as "Cast Away," "Double Whammy" and "Glass House."
    Tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS PR)(7-25-2006)

  • Indy's Tom Carnegie to retire: Tom Carnegie has decided to wave the checkered flag on his legendary broadcasting career. The 86-year-old Indianapolis resident told Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George this week that he has worked his final Indianapolis 500 as a public address announcer. Carnegie said he will make cameo appearances at the Speedway in the future, but his days of working regular shifts are over. "I just feel it's time to finish on top," Carnegie said Thursday. "I had a good year, I felt good on race day and it's time to move on." Carnegie, who contracted polio during high school, has worked 61 consecutive 500s since being hired by George's grandfather, the late Hulman, in 1946. The string of appearances is what the man with the booming voice is most proud of. "I've made them all," he said. Carnegie and his wife, D.J., began considering his retirement long ago, but he said they were sure the time was right following this year's race won by Sam Hornish Jr. "It's good to get out while the flag is still flying," he said. "I just wasn't excited about having to get up at 6 in the morning to be (at the Speedway) by 9. Those days are over for me."(Indianpolis Star)(6-9-2006)

  • No Smoking at Indy? The grandstands will remain a haven for smokers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but all enclosed areas on the grounds soon will be off-limits. The city of Speedway, Ind., passed a citywide ban on smoking in indoor public places during a town council meeting Monday night, leaving its largest and most famous resident in the uncomfortable position of policing smoking in its many buildings while allowing it in the grandstands. "If they pass an ordinance with any ramifications on the Speedway, we'll abide by that," said IMS spokesman Ron Green. The ban, which doesn't go into effect until Sept. 1, will ban smoking in suites, hospitality tents and buildings on the grounds. The IMS ticket office and Hall of Fame already have no-smoking policies. The ordinance is likely to have a greater impact on nearby restaurants that cater to race fans. The ban will prohibit smoking at restaurants and bowling alleys, but most bars will be exempt. "I believe in free choice," said Liz Glover, owner of Charlie Brown's Pancake and Steakhouse, in an interview with WTHR-TV. "This is not an illegal act." The city's decision is in line with recent smoking bans passed by the city of Indianapolis and surrounding suburbs. Indiana ranks seventh nationally in tobacco use.(Speed Channel)(4-27-2006)

  • Indy selling? UPDATE: Word is rumbling through the motorsports community that the Indianapolis Motorspeedway may be for sale. The bidders appear to include the France family and thier massive International Speedway Corporation empire and the Disney Corporation which would no doubt covet the incredible Indy complex as a centerpiece of its thriving theme part business. The Hulman family property is in the hands of Tony George, the well respected grandson of Anton (Tony) Hulman who purchased the speedway in 1945 from World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker for a reported $750,000.(Car and Driver Magazine)(3-7-2006)
    UPDATE: Brock Yates, one of the country's best and most respected motorsports writers, speculates in this month's Car & Driver magazine that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sale and the France family and Disney are potential buyers. This rumor has been around for the past few years, along with the one that said Roger Penske would broker the deal for the Frances. Yes, Tony George has spent millions and millions of dollars on Formula One and keeping the Indy Racing League afloat but the Brickyard 400 remains a three-day cash cow. And Indy still makes money. Bottom line: Mari Hulman George, who remains THE BOSS of the IMS kingdom, has said time and again that Indy isn't for sale -- it's for her grandchildren. No reason to think Mari has changed her mind.(Speed Channel)(3-9-2006)

  • Indy 500 changes start time again: The Indianapolis 500 is changing its starting time again. The May 28 race will begin at 1:00pm, the third starting time in as many years. Last year, the race started at noon after more than four decades at the traditional time of 11:00am. This change is precipitated by Indiana's move to Eastern Daylight Time. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials opted for this year's later start to keep the race on television at the same time in other time zones. Like last year, the race will air at 1:00pm on the East Coast, noon in Chicago and 10:00am on the West Coast. Last year's starting time change helped the 500 score its highest TV rating since 1996, the first year of the Indy Racing League. The 6.5 rating represented a 59 percent increase over the 2004 race.(Indianapolis Star), doubtful with the one hour time change that started last year, that there will be any driver attempting to run both the Indy 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on May 28th.(2-4-2006)

  • Brickyard 400 tix on sale: Tickets will go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Jan. 10 for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8:00am -5:00pm/et Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time. Reserved seats start at just $35. The 13th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6. For complete information about the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(1-10-2006)

  • Indy Owners to be Honored: The Hulman-George family will receive the prestigious Dusty Brandel President's Award at the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association annual All-America Team dinner presented by Sprint NEXTEL on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis. The 36th annual dinner is moving from its longtime base in the Los Angeles area this year to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The dinner officially will conclude the 50th Anniversary Celebration for AARWBA, the oldest and largest organization of motorsports media professionals in America. Terre Haute, Ind., businessman Tony Hulman purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Nov. 14, 1945. The facility had deteriorated since the Indianapolis 500 was suspended from 1942-45 due to America's participation in World War II. Hulman guided the Speedway until his death in October 1977. His wife, Mary Fendrich Hulman, became chairman of the board after his death, and their daughter, Mari Hulman George, became chairman of the board in 1988, a position she holds today. Mari Hulman George's son, Anton Hulman "Tony" George, became president of the Speedway in January 1990 and now is chief executive officer of IMS and the Indy Racing League. Longtime motorsports broadcaster Bob Jenkins, who among his duties has been the IMS Radio Network "Voice of the Indianapolis 500" and has worked on the IMS Public Address team, will be the master of ceremonies at the dinner. Tickets, for the general public as well as media and sponsors, are available more info on www.aarwba.org by clicking on the Banquet link.(PR)(10-7-2005)

  • Indy to be featured on National Geographic Channel Show Sept 13th: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be featured on National Geographic Channel's new show "MegaStructures" premiering at 8:00pm/et Tuesday, Sept. 13. The show, which features the "greatest buildings and machines ever created," according to the National Geographic Channel Web site, will be rebroadcast at 11:00pm/et Sept. 13 and at 5:00pm/et Wednesday, Sept. 14. "MegaStructures" will offer a profile of the Speedway from its founding in 1909, the establishment of its famous nickname, "the Brickyard," its decay during World War II followed by revival at the hands of the Hulman-George Family, and its present-day operations and development.
    IMS tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for either the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix or Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS PR)(9-11-2005)

  • National Anthem: Country music superstars Diamond Rio will sing the national anthem before the start of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday afternoon. (IMS)(8-6-2005)

  • NASCAR and the Moon: Experience a journey to the Moon, Mars and beyond when NASA brings its new interactive exhibit -- the Vision for Space Exploration Trailer -- to the NASCAR Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, Aug. 5-7. The Vision for Space Exploration Trailer is intended to put visitors' imaginations on the fast track to the farthest reaches of the Solar System, and inspire space enthusiasts as they embark on a simulated journey into space. Housed in a 53-foot-long tractor and trailer rig, the exhibit is designed to share with visitors NASA's exploration goal, which is to return to the Moon and travel to Mars and beyond. The Vision for Space Exploration Trailer will be located in the Brickyard Plaza and open to the public during NASCAR hours, Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Aug. 6-7, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is handicapped accessible.(NASA Site)(8-3-2005)

  • Brickyard 400 Program: The Official Program for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, filled with 176 pages of entertaining, colorful and informative content about the prestigious annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be available starting Friday, July 29. Fans can purchase the full-color, glossy program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, at the two Brickyard Authentics stores in Indianapolis, online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling (800) 955-INDY. The embossed, foil-stamped cover of the program features a painting by famed 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino, the Official Artist of the event. Fazzino's artwork graced the cover of the 2004 Indianapolis 500 Official Program. The Official Program also includes complete event schedules, a track map, feature stories, driver biographies with color pictures and lists of various awards. Among the feature stories are pieces on four-time event winner Jeff Gordon, the 10th anniversary of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard victory by the late Dale Earnhardt, retiring veteran Rusty Wallace on the eve of his final start at Indianapolis, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Ken Schrader, NBC analyst and former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons, the America Supports You program for the U.S. Armed Forces, the Soap Box Derby, the 24 Hours of Indianapolis and much more. There's plenty of fun in the Official Program for younger fans, too, including a Garfield "Fun-For-All" activity insert with puzzles and games.(IMS)(7-27-2005)

  • Actor named Grand Marshal of Brickyard 400: Allstate has named its television spokesperson and actor Dennis Haysbert to be the grand marshal of this year's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Haysbert will participate in pre-race activities, including a ceremonial parade lap, and will wave the green flag to signal the start of the 12th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Staying with family tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the famous command, "Gentlemen, start your engines." Haysbert is perhaps best known as President David Palmer from the critically acclaimed, award-winning FOX television drama "24." In 2003, his performance in the show earned Haysbert Golden Globe Award, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Haysbert made his feature film debut in 1989, portraying baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the sports comedy hit "Major League" and has starred in other films, including "Heat" (1995) and "Waiting to Exhale" (1995). Haysbert next will star in his own series, "The Unit," for CBS. Haysbert also is a spokesperson for Allstate Insurance Company and has appeared in commercials for the insurance company since 2003. Haysbert's voice is featured in two new NASCAR television ads scheduled to break the week of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. "As a huge NASCAR fan, I am excited about Allstate's sponsorship of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard," Haysbert said. "And I'm equally excited and honored to be selected as the grand marshal of one of NASCAR's premier races."
    Tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS PR)(7-26-2005)

  • Voice of Indy - Tom Carnegie OK: Tom Carnegie, longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address announcer, was released from the hospital and plans to call the race on Sunday. Carnegie, 85, was hospitalized for tests Wednesday after feeling ill at the track. "Everything is fine," he said Friday. "They believe it was dehydration. The doctors did a lot of tests, and there is no problem with my heart." Carnegie, a retired sports anchor at Indianapolis television station WRTV, has been the PA voice of the Indianapolis 500 since 1946. Last year, he was inducted into the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association Hall of Fame.(ESPN.com/AP)(5-28-2005)

  • Sponsor for the Brickyard 400? UPDATE Allstate 400: The Brickyard 400 could be getting a new name, or at least a longer one. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are expected to announce a title sponsor for the Aug. 7 race at a 1:00pm news conference today. A title sponsor would be the first in the 12 years NASCAR has been coming to Indianapolis. But it would not be the first for the Speedway, which had SAP on board as title sponsor of the U.S. Grand Prix until last year. Most Nextel Cup events either have title sponsors or are searching for them. The Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 have been the most notable holdouts [also Pocono has not had a title sponsor for many years now].(Indianapolis Star)(4-28-2005)
    UPDATE: Allstate, the largest publicly held personal lines insurance company in America, announced two multi-year sponsorship agreements with racing icons on April 28. Allstate has signed a multi-year race entitlement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the title sponsor for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard - becoming the first company to title sponsor the annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the world-famous speedway. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard airs Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2:30pm/et on NBC. The creation of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is just one part of the company's foray into motorsports. Allstate also announced a multi-year deal with NASCAR, making the company the official insurance sponsor of NASCAR, which includes the auto, home and life insurance categories as well as an official sponsor for the categories of mutual funds and retirement products. Allstate becomes the first-ever insurance company to officially partner with NASCAR. Allstate plans to complement its NASCAR partnership and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard race with a number of local programming efforts, dedicated advertising and marketing initiatives. Allstate 400 tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(4-28-2005)

  • New Generation SAFER installed at Indy: Installation of the second generation of the revolutionary energy-absorbing SAFER Barrier is nearing completion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speedway crews have replaced the original Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier on the outside retaining wall of the Speedway oval's four turns with a "Version 2" of the barrier. The total length of the SAFER Barrier on the outside retaining wall is 5,056 feet.
    The Version 2 SAFER Barrier features these four major improvements:
    ●The barrier sections, which were straight in Version 1, are slightly rolled, or curved, to provide a smoother impact surface.
    ●A universal Styrofoam shape was created that is compatible with IndyCar Series cars and stock cars.
    ●Improved attachment points anchor the barrier to the existing concrete retaining walls.
    ●An increase of five steel tubes welded together form the barrier's exterior instead of four used in the Version 1 barrier.
    The Speedway also permanently lengthened the SAFER Barrier by 200 feet from the entrance of Turn 1 - also Turn 13 of the road course - northward into the main straightaway to add protection for drivers competing in the United States Grand Prix Formula One race. Inside retaining walls exiting Turns 2 and 4 each received 616 feet of the Version 1 SAFER Barrier that was removed from the outside walls. With the additional 1,232 feet on the inside walls, the total amount of concrete retaining wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway covered by the SAFER Barrier is 6,288 feet, or 1.19 miles. The most visible improvement is the addition of a fifth tube to the exterior of the barrier, adding strength to the area where the gearbox of a backward-sliding IndyCar Series strikes the barrier. The SAFER Barrier first was installed on the four outside retaining walls of the Speedway's historic 2.5-mile oval in May 2002 after nearly four years of development by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing League and University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. NASCAR joined in the development of the project in September 2000.
    IMS tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for either the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix or Brickyard 400, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area,(317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(3-16-2005)

  • Bricks are back at the Brickyard, new SAFER: One of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's most visible pieces of history returned to its rightful place March 9 as crews began reinstalling the famous "Yard of Bricks" at the start/finish line. The Speedway's "Yard of Bricks" serves as a tribute to the 2.5-mile oval's most famous surface - 3.2 million paving bricks that were laid down in autumn 1909, just months after the track opened with a tar and crushed stone surface. Most of the bricks, except the middle portion of the main straightaway, were paved over with asphalt by 1939. In 1961, the main straightaway was finally paved with asphalt, and the "Yard of Bricks" tribute was established. Installing the new "Yard of Bricks," which consists of more than 570 of the 1909-vintage bricks that were most recently in storage, signals the ceremonial end to a massive repaving project that saw 19,000 tons of asphalt laid to repave the Speedway's 2.5-mile oval, pit lane and warm-up lanes. Crews began the project by milling 2.5 inches of the old surface in August 2004 and completed the paving process in early November. The previous bricks were carefully removed beginning Aug. 9 - one day after Jeff Gordon became a four-time Brickyard 400 winner. Crews then cut them into small pieces, and the Speedway made them available for sale to the public as a collectible item. Crews paved over the location of the "Yard of Bricks" during the repaving process last fall. Recently, they cut and removed an asphalt strip and began the process of installing the bricks. Forbes said this paving method was used to ensure the smoothest surface possible. Track crews have a few ancillary projects remaining to get the track into race-ready condition: striping the track, cutting in timing-and-scoring lines, and completing the installation of a new SAFER Barrier.
    Brick collectibles remain available in limited quantities and can be obtained at the Brickyard Authentics Online Store at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, at the Speedway gift shops located in the Hall of Fame Museum or the Brickyard Authentics retail stores at Indianapolis International Airport and Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis.
    IMS tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for either the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix or Brickyard 400, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to .(IMS PR)(3-10-2005)

  • ISC and IMS's George set to make announcement? There is a long-standing rumor that there will soon be a joint announcement involving the International Speedway Corporation and Tony George. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation (IMSC) and ISC are already partners in The Motorsports Alliance, which ensures that their activities in circuit ownership do not conflict with one another. NASCAR uses Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of its biggest events of the year and the IMSC-owned Indy Racing League regularly race on ISC circuits across the United States. Thus is in the interest of the ISC that the IRL remains healthy. The problem is that no-one is quite sure what is going to be announced although logically ISC must see open-wheeler racing as a good way to develop in the future now that NASCAR is reaching saturation point and international expansion is being considered. It may be that the parties consider that to be too big a step and want to increase their hold on the racing scene across the United States. ISC has already made a foray into sports car racing with the GrandAm championship, which it established in 1999 to bring stability to professional endurance road racing in America. This has been a big success and there has been speculation that ISC may now try to do the same thing with IRL, in league with George. It should be remembered that GrandAm was one of the companies that showed interest when CART's assets were up for sale at the start of 2004. Whatever the case, something is brewing that could have an effect on the popularity of open-wheeler racing in the United States - which would be a good thing for F1 which remains the exotic but respected cousin of Champ Car and IRL and the place where ambitious young drivers in both series want to end up.(Grandprix.com)(1-31-2005)

  • Indy Sponsor Extends Deal: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. today announced an extension of its category-exclusive sponsorship of Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Brickyard 400 Nextel Cup race and the Indianapolis 500 through 2009. Financial terms were not announced.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(2-2-2005)

  • Talking Tom Carnegie Bobblehead on sale: The voice of legendary public address announcer Tom Carnegie has provided a soundtrack for fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the last 59 years. Now motorsports fans can bring Carnegie and some of his famous sayings from the Speedway to their homes. A talking bobblehead doll of Carnegie is now available for purchase for $29.95. Fans can buy the 8.5-inch-tall resin doll via the World Wide Web at the Online Store of the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or at the IMS Gift Shops in the Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum or at the Brickyard Authentics Stores located at Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport, respectively. The bobblehead also includes audio recordings of three of Carnegie's most famous sayings over the years from his commentary during the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and United States Grand Prix, each saying selected by Carnegie:
    ●"And it's a new track record!"
    ●"And heeee's on it!"
    ●"Oh, no, he's slowing down on the backstretch!"
    Carnegie, 85, has been the PA voice of every race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the 1946 Indianapolis 500, the first race at the facility after it reopened at the end of World War II. Since then, his rich, baritone voice and friendly personality have helped him become one of the most beloved and respected figures in Speedway history. "I'm excited about it, and the quality of the item is really good," Carnegie said. "It's a good salute to my 60th race this year."(IMS PR)(1-5-2005)

  • Gordon Brickyard Collectible Available: Jeff Gordon's historic fourth Brickyard 400 victory in August 2004 - one of the most memorable moments in the 95-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - is captured in a unique collectible from Mounted Memories now available for purchase. The framed collector's piece measures 15 inches wide by 17 inches tall. It includes an 8-inch by 10-inch photo of Gordon raising his arms in triumph at the Yard of Bricks start-finish line after becoming just the fourth driver to win a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway four times, joining Indianapolis 500 legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Also included in the collectible is a piece of asphalt measuring approximately 1 ½ inches by 2 ½ inches from the start-finish line area of the Speedway's famed 2.5-mile oval, and a 1/64th scale die-cast model of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet that Gordon drove to victory in this year's race. Only 400 individually numbered of these Gordon-Brickyard 400 collectibles ever will be made, with a certificate of authenticity from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Mounted Memories.
    Fans can buy this collectible via the World Wide Web at the Online Store of the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or at the IMS Gift Shops in the Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum or at the Brickyard Authentics Stores located at Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport, respectively. The Gordon-Brickyard 400 item is part of a series of collectibles including pieces of asphalt and brick from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which became available due to the first complete repaving of the Speedway's racing surface since 1995.
    2005 tickets: The 12th Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005. To purchase tickets, camping or parking, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS PR)(12-14-2004)

  • IMS's George Honored: Tony George, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer, received the inaugural Pioneering and Innovation Award at the Autosport Awards Dec. 5 in London for his leadership in the development of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier. George received the award at the annual gala at the Grosvenor House on behalf of the creators of the SAFER Barrier from Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the leader of the Bahrain International Grand Prix circuit.
    The SAFER Barrier, under development by the Indy Racing League and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility since 1998, absorbs energy during impacts with retaining walls and is one of the more important safety breakthroughs in motorsports. NASCAR joined in the development of the system in September 2000.
    "It's been a big step forward in speedway racing," George said. "It's something that was very important to me. The prospect of coming up with a soft wall has been something we have been working on for the better part of a decade. After several years of hard work, we called upon the expert advice of the people at the University of Nebraska. They have done a great job helping us in the development of this system. Everyone in the IRL and NASCAR worked very hard for this achievement."
    This is the fourth major award that has been presented to honor George and the SAFER Barrier development team. The SAFER Barrier also received the Louis Schwitzer Award, SEMA Motorsports Engineering Award and GM Racing Pioneer Award in 2002.
    The SAFER Barrier was installed in all four turns of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a pioneer in safety for drivers, cars and tracks -- in time for the 86th Indianapolis 500 in 2002. It since has been installed at more than a dozen other tracks, and the latest iteration will be installed at the Speedway in the spring.
    "Tony George s vision and commitment of resources really made this project happen," said Dr. Dean Sicking, director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. Each 20-foot module of the SAFER Barrier consists of four rectangular steel tubes, welded together, to form a unified element. The modules are connected with four internal steel splices. Bundles of 2-inch-thick sheets of extruded, closed-cell polystyrene are placed between the concrete wall and the steel tubing modules every 10 feet.
    "I think Tony s contribution has been tremendous," said four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears. "Taking the initiative to get the SAFER Barrier started has been a heck of a contribution to safety, not just for Indy cars but also for stock cars. To take the initiative, do the leg work, set up the test facilities, find the people and to continue to develop it and make it better as we go, that s a milestone in racing."(IMS PR)(12-7-2004)

  • Brickyard 400 Tickets Sales Underway: Tickets are on sale to the general public for the 2005 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the ticket renewal and upgrade process for 2004 customers is complete. All fans - newcomers to the event and previous attendees - can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office. The 12th Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7 for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.(IMS PR)(12-1-2004)

  • Asphalt from Indy anyone? Pieces of asphalt from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track went on sale Friday exclusively in the Brickyard Authentics Online Store at www.Indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(10-2-2004)

  • No More Indy 500-Coca Cola 600 doubles? The Indianapolis 500, which in 2005 will be held for the 89th time, will begin at 12:00noon/ct [1:00pm/et] on May 29 after starting at 11:00am/ct [12:00noon/et] the past 41 years. Track officials said the switch is seen as a way to improve television ratings that have sagged in recent years. Other changes include a new four-day qualifying formet with bumping each day, less practice time and moving Carburetion Day to the Friday before the race.(Indianapolis Star/IMS Site), with the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway starting around 5:30pm/et the smae day, it may be near impossible for a driver [such as Robby Gordon or Tony Stewart] do the Indy 500/Coke 600 double, running both races in the same day.(9-15-2004)

  • Indy may get newer SAFER: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get the latest version of the SAFER barrier before next season if the budget request of track president Tony George is approved. Top Speedway officials approve budget items in the fall. "What we have is fine, but I'd like to have the newest thing," George said this week. The Speedway developed the energy-absorbing barrier along with the Indy Racing League and NASCAR through the University of Nebraska's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility in Lincoln, Neb. The first concrete-covering system was installed at IMS before the 2002 Indianapolis 500. Since then, 19 tracks have purchased the SAFER system, which combines steel tubes and foam pads to cushion the impact of race cars. The new design, in place at most tracks, has a single tapered foam piece, five steel tubes instead of four and connecting straps rather than cables. "It's just an evolution of the system based on the things we've learned since that first barrier went up at Indy," said Ron Faller of Nebraska's facility. The opportunity to change systems is available to the Speedway now because the track is being repaved for the first time since 1995. The SAFER barrier has been removed and won't be reinstalled until next spring. George did not say how much the change costs. The SAFER barrier system is manufactured by the Elrod Corp. of Mooresville, Ind. Even if the Speedway does not add the new SAFER design in 2005, George said additional areas of the track's walls will be covered. Included will be the spot where Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher hit during the U.S. Grand Prix in June. Schumacher missed the current barrier in the oval's first turn by about 50 feet. Also to be addressed are inside wall positions at the exit of the second and fourth turns, George said. "Even if we don't get the new system for (2005), the current system can be tweaked," he said.(Indianapolis Star)(9-3-2004)

  • Indy to start repaving and 2005 Tix: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will begin work today on repaving its 2.5-mile oval. The resurfacing will be the first for the racing surface since 1995 and the first for the current pit road and warm-up lanes since they were built in 1993-94.(ThatsRacin.com)
    AND The Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office will accept ticket renewals and new ticket orders beginning Monday, Aug. 9. The 12th running of the Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005. Tickets can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.(8-9-2004)

  • Brickyard 400 Program: The 2004 Brickyard 400 Official Program offers 160 pages of entertaining, colorful and informative reading, delivering fans complete information on the 11th annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2004 Brickyard 400 program is available during the race weekend, Aug. 6-8, at IMS program kiosks and gift shops located throughout the facility. It also is available now at the Brickyard Authentics stores, located at Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indy and the Indianapolis International Airport, on the Web at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by phone at (800) 955-INDY. The program retails for $10. There's more to the program than features on top NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers and teams. Helpful information for fans, such as a facility map, event schedule, a driver roster and driver and event statistics, is provided. "Track Talk" also provides NASCAR facts, quotes and short features throughout the program. A "Garfield Superstar" insert provides plenty of fun for young race fans, including puzzles, games and other activities. The program cover features artwork by acclaimed artist Carlo Beninati, who also is profiled in the program.(IMS PR)(8-4-2004)

  • Tickets Available for Brickyard: Tickets for the Brickyard 400 can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.(IMS PR)(8-4-2004)

  • Rascal Flatts To Sing Anthem At Brickyard 400: Award-winning country music recording artists Rascal Flatts will sing the national anthem before the 11th Brickyard 400 on Aug. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rascal Flatts, comprised of Jay DeMarcus, Gary Levox and Joe Don Rooney, has become one of the most popular country music groups after releasing just two albums, with more than 4 million copies sold.(IMS Site)(7-19-2004)

  • Tix Available for the Brickyard 400: Tickets for the 11th annual Brickyard 400 on Aug. 8 are on sale and can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.(IMS Site)(7-19-2004)

  • Busch Race at IMS? Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Tony George is considering adding a 250-mile Busch race to next year's schedule of events, according to sources in Indianapolis.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-28-2004)

  • 2005 Brickyard 400 Date: Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2005 Brickyard 400 is expected to be confirmed as Aug. 7 when NASCAR releases its Nextel Cup schedule Friday.(Indianapolis Star)(5-13-2004)

  • Miller Announces Concert Series: Miller Brewing Company announced this year's "Rock 'n' Racing" concert series will kickoff with a trackside concert featuring popular rock band Live during the NASCAR Auto Club 500, May 1 at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Miller's Rock 'n' Racing program combines two of our country's greatest pastimes - racing and live music. It will feature a series of trackside concerts at select NASCAR Nextel Cup and the Indianapolis 500, including:
    May 1, Fontana, NASCAR Auto Club 500 featuring Live
    May 22, Charlotte, NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge featuring Live
    May 27, Indianapolis, IRL's Carb Day featuring Blues Traveler
    July 9, Chicago, NASCAR Nextel Cup Tropicana 400 featuring Puddle of Mudd
    Sept. 4, Fontana, NASCAR Nextel Cup Pop Secret 500 featuring TBD band
    During the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Rusty Wallace's No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge will race with a special rock 'n' roll paint scheme featuring Puddle of Mudd to promote the July concert.(Tom Roberts PR)(4-30-2004)


  • Some Indy News and Get Well Tom: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has increased the number of reserved parking lots for its races to seven, including a new lot across the street from the main entrance on 16th Street. Call (317) 492-6700 for reservations. Legendary IMS public address announcer Tom Carnegie is recovering from pneumonia, but he expects to be ready for opening day at the track May 9.(Indianapolis Star)(4-10-2004)

  • Indy to be re-paved after Brickyard 400: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is getting a makeover. Track officials announced plans Wednesday to repave the 2 1/2-mile oval after the Brickyard 400 on August 8. According to the Indianapolis Star, the repaving project -- the first at the track since 1995 -- will cost about $2 million.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(4-1-2004)

  • Brickyard 400 Tix on Sale: Tickets for the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 8 are now on sale at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone or mail or online at indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(Indy Star)(2-13-2004)

  • New Parking Lot at Indy: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is buying and clearing 16 acres across 16th Street to make room for more parking for race days. Crews are demolishing the Classic Motor Inn and will begin soon on the American Art and Clay Co. factory. Motor Speedway executives said the demolished buildings would be replaced with parking lots for cars and recreational vehicles. Some of the space near the main gate area will be used for food and racing merchandise vendors. The land is expected to be resurfaced in time for the May activities surrounding the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on May 30.(Indianapolis Star)(2-10-2004)

  • Sad News: Jim Phillippe, a longtime public address announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has died after a long illness. He was 84. Beginning with the 1950 Indianapolis 500, Phillippe announced every race at the speedway until August's Brickyard 400. For 35 years Phillippe also announced the home basketball and football games for Butler University, where he taught drama and radio. He is a member of the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame.(Yahoo Sports/AP and see a larger story at the Indianapolis Star)(12-17-2003)

  • 2004 Brickyard Renewals NOW: Brickyard 400 fans are encouraged to send their ticket renewals, upgrades and orders for the 2004 race, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 8, to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as soon as possible. Customers who are upgrading or purchasing Brickyard 400 tickets for the first time should act quickly to increase their chances of obtaining their desired seats. To purchase tickets, camping or parking, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or log on to indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(8-6-2003)

  • Laps at the Brickyard: Bill Elliott, the 2002 Brickyard 400 champion, has completed a record 1,599 of a possible 1,600 laps in 10 starts. Bobby Labonte, the 2000 race champion, finished one lap down and has completed 1,598 laps. Robby Gordon joined John Andretti and Tony Stewart as the only drivers to lead laps in both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. Gordon led the Brickyard race for the first time Sunday, and also has led the open-wheel Indy 500 in 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2003. Three-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon led three laps. He has led a record eight Brickyard 400s and a record 309 laps.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(8-4-2003)

  • Narrow Pit Road; F-1 road an option in the future? #25-Joe Nemechek has become a fan of Formula One at Indy, if for no other reason than envy. The Winston Cup veteran and No. 7 starter for today's race wants to use the pavement strip that F-1 uses for pit road. Nemechek contends Indy's oval-track pit road is too narrow at 39 feet wide. The F-1 pit road is 50 feet wide. "I want to ask (Speedway president) Tony George if we can use the F-1 road," Nemechek said. "The one we've got is so narrow that you've really got to be careful. It's one of the narrowest we've got." A narrow pit road requires precision on entry and exit. If a team pitting in the middle of pit road decides to take fewer tires than its competition, the driver must dodge incoming and outgoing traffic. But there are no plans to use the F-1 road. The Speedway has temporary bleachers there and has sold all of the tickets. Plus, the grandstands in the area closest to the fourth turn are permanent.(Indianapolis Star)(8-3-2003)

  • Safety at IMS: Indianapolis Motor Speedway is using the traveling Indy Racing League safety team for today's race, and Bill Elliott says it's time for NASCAR to have its own traveling safety crew. ``It's something I'd like to see NASCAR adopt,'' he said. ``I feel like it's time this sport goes into a realm of common people coming in every week that know the drivers and understand what the values are out there. My hat's off to [IMS president] Tony George and all the guys here because they have been on the leading edge of safety. When we talk about soft walls, all this stuff, they put them up.''(Tampa Tribune)(8-3-2003)

  • Cooling at Indy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials will introduce two new fan amenities to help spectators beat the heat during the Brickyard 400 weekend, Aug. 1-3. Nearly 40 misting stations are being installed around the facility to help race fans cool off. Indianapolis' bus transit service - IndyGo - is assisting by providing the Speedway with three air-conditioned buses to help cool race fans. The buses will be positioned near medical stations. So far this July in Indiana has been cooler than normal, but Speedway officials are preparing for possible warmer weather. The heat index in Indianapolis on race day of the 2002 Brickyard 400 soared past the 100-degree mark. "The Hulman-George family and Speedway officials are very aware of the experiences of their fans," said Joie Chitwood, senior vice president of business affairs for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "The heat last year was tough on everyone, and we're taking steps to minimize the impact if we see temperatures similar to last year."(IMS Site)(7-28-2003)

  • Brickyard 400 Singers: Indianapolis Motor Speedway says the Montgomery Gentry singing group will peform the national anthem before the Aug. 3 running of the Brickyard 400.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(7-25-2003)

  • Not NASCAR, but a NASCAR Track: The [F-1] United States Grand Prix will still be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2004 but it's going to run at a different time. Instead of its traditional fall date, American's lone Formula One show will be moving to early summer. ESPN.com has learned from sources close to the situation that June 20, 2004, will be the new date for Michael Schumacher and Co. at the world's most famous race track. Neither F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone or IMS president Tony George could be reached for comment and Ron Green, director of public relations for the Speedway, would neither confirm or deny ESPN.com's report. It's been rumored Ecclestone might move the USGP back to Long Beach, Calif., or possibly try Las Vegas again after his original five-year contract with Indianapolis expires after 2004. But he does have option years available with George and IMS.(ESPN)(7-8-2003)

  • Dover, Indy and SMI? Rumor has it that Dover, Indianapolis and Speedway Motorsports Inc. have had talks to somehow combine forces with their current twelve Winston [Nextel] Cup dates and make a greater impact on NASCAR.(Insider Racing News)(6-23-2003)

  • Indy Speedway historian loses personal treasures in fire: Between 30 and 40 photos of famous race car drivers were destroyed after fire damaged the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historian. IIt could have been worse," Donald Davidson said Friday as he emerged from his basement after inspecting the damage with a firefighter. "I lost stuff I'd forgotten I had." The lost photos included one of Davidson standing next to drivers such as Arie Luyendyk and Emerson Fittipaldi, and another picture of Ray Harroun - the winner of the first Indy 500 in 1911. The fire appeared to have started in a basement dryer at Davidson's house Thursday night, and fire officials estimated there was $20,000 in structural damage. Davidson said his official files and memorabilia collected from more than three decades as a statistician and historian for the U.S. Auto Club and the speedway were safe.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-14-2003)

  • Indy Tix Available, not for Brickyard yet: Daily admission, race-day reserved seats and parking tickets are now available on-line for the 2003 Indianapolis 500 and the United States Grand Prix. Reserved seat tickets for the Brickyard 400 are not yet available online, but daily admission and parking tickets are currently being sold online.(IMS Site), also see my Ticket Info and Links page for tickets to races.(2-1-2003)

  • Indy to be added to NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway: The world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval will soon become a part of the NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway experience when the track is added to the unique racing center simulators on February 2. In conjunction with the launch of simulated racing at Indianapolis on February 2, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway locations throughout the United States will participate in the "Brickyard Challenge" promotion. The racing centers also currently feature Atlanta Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway on the simulators. Bristol Motor Speedway was added in October. Perfect Line's NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway racing centers are the largest chain of officially licensed, NASCAR-branded interactive entertainment stores in the world, more information at www.SMSonline.com(1-15-2003)

  • Indy Trying to Sell Brickyard Title Deal: Indianapolis Motor Speedway has launched an effort to sell title sponsorship of the Brickyard 400 for the first time since the Winston Cup race debuted in 1994, according to this week's Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. Writer Terry Lefton says the three-year package is priced at $2.1 million for the first year and escalates to $2.3 million in the third year. The story points out that the title deal does not include a television component, which would have to be negotiated separately if the sponsor wants the name mentioned during the broadcast on NBC.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)
    AND Title sponsorship for the Brickyard 400 is for sale. The price, for the next three years, is $6.4 million, an Indianapolis Motor Speedway official said Monday. There are no takers yet. IMS spokesman Fred Nation said there are no plans for the Indianapolis 500 to have a title sponsor.(Indianapolis Star)(11-5-2002)

  • Chitwood to Indy: Joie Chitwood III, vice president and general manager of Raceway Associates, LLC, has accepted a senior level management position with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His move to the historic speedway will be effective Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Chitwood began his residency in Joliet in May of 1999, where he oversaw the construction, grand opening and first two seasons of operations of Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to his responsibilities at Chicagoland Speedway he supervised the day-to-day operations of the Route 66 Raceway drag strip.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(8-16-2002)

  • No Changes in NASCAR Indy races: NASCAR president Mike Helton said there are no plans to alter the lineups of the races held this weekend at the Speedway or at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Helton said the CTS and BGN will remain at IRP, while the IROC cars will continue to be the sole partner to the Winston Cup race at IMS. The Brickyard 400 was held for the ninth time Sunday. Helton said NASCAR would never consider a race on the Speedway's 2.66-mile road course. He likened it to the Winston Cup series no longer needing a road course race in Riverside, Calif., when the spiffy 2-mile oval at Fontana is available. The reason NASCAR holds races on road courses in Sonoma, CA, and Watkins Glen, NY, is that there are no oval alternatives in those markets, Helton said.(Indianapolis Star)(8-5-2002)

  • 2003 Brickyard 400 per TV ads before the 2002 Brickyard 400, the 2003 Brickyard 400 will be run on Sunday, August 3rd, 2003.(8-4-2002)

  • Indy and coolers UPDATE: have seen or heard nothing about coolers or security restrictions at the Brickyard 400 in Indy this weekend.
    UPDATE: On the back of each ticket , it mentions that coolers are limited to 14 inches in length, with no glass containers. PLUS: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway allows personal coolers not larger than 14" by 14" by 14" to be carried into the grounds. No glass containers are allowed. Patrons may also bring in small backpacks and/or carry a bag in for food and personal items. All coolers, bags, backpacks and purses are subject to search at the gate.(Brickyard 400 site).(8-1-2002)

  • Indy Walls to stay for F1: An energy-absorbing barrier installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500 in May will remain in place for the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix. The Speedway put the steel and foam barriers in all four turns of the 2.5-mile oval for the 500, although Turn One - the 13th turn for the Formula One race - is the only one that is incorporated into the 2.6-mile road course. The U.S. Grand Prix will be held on Sept. 29.(Augusta Chronicle/AP)(7-31-2002)

  • IMS naming rights stay...for now: The media center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will remain the WorldComplex at least through the end of this year despite the financial troubles of WorldCom Inc., which last year signed a long-term contract for the naming rights. Speedway spokesman Fred Nation said the company, which Tuesday admitted to $3.9 billion in accounting fraud, has paid its bill through the year. He did not reveal the amount.(Indianapolis Star News)(6-27-2002)

  • Indy Soft Walls - Announcement UPDATE: The energy-absorbing soft-wall system that will be unveiled today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway could revolutionize driver safety in high-speed racing accidents. But the actual manufacturing of the padding configuration that covers the concrete outside walls in the track's four corners is relatively easy, project director Brian Barnhart told The Star on Tuesday. The energy-absorbing soft-wall system that will be unveiled today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway could revolutionize driver safety in high-speed racing accidents. But the actual manufacturing of the padding configuration that covers the concrete outside walls in the track's four corners is relatively easy, project director Brian Barnhart told The Star on Tuesday. Officials at today's afternoon news conference will explain how the Speedway went from the tube-based arrangement that was installed in the inside of the fourth turn in 1998 to the new system. NASCAR president Mike Helton will also be in attendance today.(Indianapolis Star)(5-1-2002)
    UPDATE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, America's most historic auto racing course, will this month serve as a real-world laboratory for a "next evolution" energy-absorbing barrier that has been installed on the outside walls of its four turns. "We believe this is a part of motorsports' future," Tony George, president of the 2.5-mile track that opened in 1909, said Wednesday as the new barrier, called the SAFER - for Steel and Foam Energy Reduction - was detailed to the media for the first time. The barrier, stacks of four rectangular steel tubes welded into modules 20 feet long and 38 1/2 inches high and then backed by several inches of polystyrene foam, covers 4,240 feet of the track's outside wall, 1,060 feet in each turn. George and Brian Barhnart, vice president of operations for the Indy Racing League, said the barrier will be in place throughout practice for the Indianapolis 500, which opens Sunday, and would stay there for the May 26 race itself barring unexpected problems in its performance. The Indianapolis track and the IRL have been working with of the University of Nebraska's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility on barrier research since 1998. At the IRL's invitation, NASCAR joined in the development project in September of 2000. Gary Nelson, NASCAR's managing director for competition, said NASCAR would watch the performance of the SAFER barrier during the Indy 500 activities, but would not commit to when NASCAR might install the barriers at one of its tracks. "It is really a misnomer to attach the word 'soft' to this in any way," Barnhart said, referring to the "soft wall" term often used to describe energy-absorbing barriers. "There isn't anything soft about an impact barrier for race cars."(ThatsRacin.com)(5-2-2002)

  • Installation of Softwalls at Indy starts: Revolutionary soft walls at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been approved and the installation is under way. A tour of the track revealed the outside wall of turn four has been lined with the absorptive padding developed over the past three years by Indy Racing League officials and engineers at the University of Nebraska. The third turn was receiving the same treatment Friday. Weather permitting, similar work in the first and second corners should be completed in time for a news conference Wednesday to announce the project. Speedway spokesman Fred Nation said he would not confirm the installation until then. The Speedway, built in 1909, is the first oval track in the world to install pads to cover unforgiving concrete walls, designed to absorb and dissipate energy in high-speed racing accidents. Forty drivers have been killed at the Speedway over the years, many following contact with the outside walls. The padding will cover an estimated 1,100 feet in each of the Speedway's four corners. The thickness of the padding will be approximately 20 inches in the center of the corners, tapering off significantly at the ends. The height of the soft walls is about four feet. The system was developed in partnership with NASCAR, which means it should remain on the track for stock car racing's Brickyard 400 unless problems arise in the Indy 500. Barnhart expects other national-level tracks to purchase the system for high-impact corners.(Indianapolis Star)(4-27-2002)

  • Softwalls at Indy Close to being a done deal: Soft walls at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are almost a reality pending final approval from track president Tony George. Brian Barnhart, vice president of operations for the IRL, told The Star on Tuesday that the safety committee he chairs has recommended to George that the walls be installed in time for the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. The walls, developed with researchers at the University of Nebraska, would be installed on the outside walls of all four turns. Barnhart said two weeks ago that he was awaiting the results of two final tests at the Nebraska facility, the 18th and 19th done in conjunction with the IRL, before making a recommendation. The final test was successfully completed Friday. The walls come in 20-foot sections. Barnhart estimated about 4,500 feet would be required to fully pad all four corners. A mock installation of a 60-foot section was completed a month ago to give officials an idea of how long the process takes. From that, Barnhart said he is confident the task could be completed in time for the opening of Indianapolis 500 official practice May 5. Few details of the actual composition of the walls have been released. Barnhart estimated the cost at between $160 and $175 per linear foot installed.(Indianapolis Star). NOTE: NASCAR nor the Brickyard 400 are mentioned in the article.(4-24-2002)

  • Indy Pagoda Named: The naming rights to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's landmark pagoda officially were awarded Tuesday to Bombardier, a Montreal-based transportation giant. For its undisclosed investment, Bombardier will get year-round access to one of the pagoda's major suites -- the one previously used by track chairman Mari Hulman George -- and signage atop the 160-foot-high structure. Bombardier will sponsor the IRL's $50,000 rookie of the year award, contribute to the 500's point fund and sponsor a race This year, that race will be Sunday in Phoenix. George also expects Bombardier to eventually be involved in the transportation of IRL teams, officials and sponsors to races through chartered aircraft. But the real benefit for both sides figures to come from Bombardier's national network of dealers, who sell company-made all-terrain vehicles, sport boats and snowmobiles. George envisions cross-promotions, including snowmobile trips with two-time Indy winner Al Unser Jr. The pagoda becomes the third Speedway building to have its naming rights sold. The others are the medical and media centers. George said title sponsorship of the 500 is not for sale and Bombardier's demographics do not fit with buying sponsorship of NASCAR's Brickyard 400.(Indianapolis Star)(3-13-2002)

  • Brickyard Tribute to Earnhardt: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman Tony George said Friday at Nashville Superspeedway that his track will not over-emphasize the popular driver's death with tributes at next month's race. With Teresa Earnhardt 's approval, the Speedway will show a pre-race video of its 1995 Brickyard winner and devote a page to him in the race program. Similar things were done last year in honor of Indianapolis native Kenny Irwin Jr., who also was killed in a stock-car crash. "I felt like most of the closure would be when they went back to Daytona (two weeks ago)," George said. "Enough time has passed now, everything has been done (tribute-wise) and people have grieved. It's time to move on." George said Teresa Earnhardt asked last week that any tribute the Speedway did be "upbeat," which George agreed to(Indianapolis Star)(7-21-2001)

  • Leno to drive Pace Car at Indy: Jay Leno, who two years ago drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500, will be behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo to lead the starting field of NASCAR Brickyard 400 on Aug. 5. The host of NBC's "Tonight Show" was joined at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday by Jeff Gordon, a three-time Winston Cup series champion from nearby Pittsboro, Ind., and winner of the Brickyard 400 in 1994 and 1998. "Jeff's a nice guy and a great NASCAR driver, but, boy, he needs some help in the joke department," Leno said. "I had hoped to give him a tip or two on driving this track, but like a good student, I listened to his advice." Leno collects antique and classic cars and motorcycles and has driven in some celebrity races. The Brickyard pace car will be a specially modified 2001 Monte Carlo, with increased horsepower and a lowered suspension. Chevrolet has paced the Brickyard 400 every year since its inception in 1994.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(5-31-2001)

  • Soft Walls at Indy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway has installed a special polyethylene energy dissipating system -- padded walls -- inside the turn four exit. The padding was first used here in 1998 and updated last year. It has attracted special attention in the wake of two fatal crashes this season at New Hampshire Speedway. Driver Kenny Wallace said the padding should be mandatory at every track. NASCAR spokesman Kevin Triplett said the association will consider any safety suggestions, but stopped short of endorsing the largely-untested padded walls(Tennessean)(8-4-2000)

  • Kentucky Buy Indy's Winners Circle: the new Kentucky Speedway will also feature a little bit of auto racing history. Speedway Vice President Mark Cassis said speedway officials learned recently that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was installing a new winner's circle platform as part of a major refurbishing at the track. The old winner's circle was for sale. So they bought it for to use asa the Kentucky Speedway Winners Circle. The winner's circle platform is used to display the winning car immediately after a race(Cincinnati Enquirer)(2-18-2000)

  • Indy Story: IRL, F-1 will make 2000 pivotal year for Speedway by Bill Koenig(SpeedNet)(1-27-2000)

  • Indy Big Screens: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has purchased six additional large-screen video displays from Daktronics Inc. The screens are scheduled to be installed prior to the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 (SpeedNet)(1-26-2000)

  • Indy 500/IRL TV Deal: Indianapolis 500, Pep Boys Indy Racing League Announce Five-Year Broadcast Partnership With ABC, ESPN(Indy 500 page)(5-20-1999)

  • Indy getting ready for F1 - see the AP story at CNN/SI - No time to waste - Indy starts demolition for F1 construction, improvements(12-24-1998)

  • Indy Installs Seven Large-Screen Video Displays: Seven permanent large-screen video displays will be installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in time for use at the 1999 Indianapolis 500, Speedway President and CEO Tony George announced. See the complete story at Motorsport News International - Indy Installs Seven Large-Screen Video Displays(Sue's ADNASCAR Daily Newsletter)(12-17-1998)

  • F1 to the Brickyard: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation and the Formula One Administration Limited (FOA) have reached an agreement in principle to return Formula One racing to the United States in 2000 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both parties announced today, see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Site for the story and see the iRACE story by Steve Smith: F1 to Indy: Will America care?(12-3-1998)

  • Indy/Fox? Fox officials are expected to submit an offer next week on a four- to five-year contract beginning in 2000 for the famed Indianapolis 500, NASCAR's popular Brickyard 400 and 10 Indy Racing League races. Check out the USA Today column - Fox to bid on Indy package by Rudy Martzke, TV Sports.(11-13-1998)

  • Demolition of one of the true landmarks of American racing, the scoring and timing tower at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will begin today. A partially completed replacement is expected to be ready for next May's Indy 500, but work won't be finished until some time in 2000.(Times-Dispatch)(8-2-1998)

  • NAPA will sponsor the Brickyard 400 at Indy in August.(NASCAR Online)(6-23-1998)

  • What the Motorola 300 at Gateway lacked in Indy-esque spectacle, it more than made up for in the sizzling rumor department. According to the buzz in the paddock, track magnate Bruton Smith might be mounting a surprise bid to buy the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the Hulman family.(by Chris Jenkins - The Sporting News / iRace)(5-27-1998)

  • Indianapolis is bidding for the 2000 Republican National Convention. If Indianapolis wins the bid, the political powers may have to ask Tony George to move the Brickyard date (in 2000), as the two events would be at the same time.(StockCarFans)(4-13-1998)

  • One rumor circulating around Indianapolis is that with the traditional four days of qualifying being reduced to one weekend, and practice cut from two weeks to one, that a second WC date may happen at the Brickyard. I myself find this highly unlikely(9-11-1997)

  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will install rumble strips at the edge of the grass and approximately 32 inches below the white line, designed to be the bottom of the racing groove. The strips will be removable and figure to be taken out when the Speedway staff does its surface modification after the Aug. 2 event. The strip were not on the track during testing but will be there when practice starts, July 30th(SpeedNet 7-16-1997)

  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has put down 18 inches of asphalt in the turns at a different angle than the track to prevent the cars from running too low in the corners and the grass like they did in 1996(per RPM2Nite 7-8-1997)


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