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Breakfast at the Brickyard, May 18, 2019 @500festival @ims

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Sabrina List
500 Festival

INDIANAPOLIS (February 21, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced that former IndyCar driver and current NTT IndyCar Series team owner and philanthropist, Sam Schmidt, will be interviewed by Bob Jenkins, the legendary voice of the Indy 500, at the 2019 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The event will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We’re thrilled to have Sam Schmidt join us for this year’s 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Sam is a tremendous example of overcoming adversity and using innovative technologies to improve the livelihood of people with disabilities. Breakfast at the Brickyard guests will leave inspired by his story.”

Sam Schmidt was an IndyCar driver when he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway. He created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) that year to raise funds for medical research, innovative equipment used for rehabilitation, and quality-of-life issues. SSPF, now Conquer Paralysis Now, is a leading authority on spinal cord injury research and treatment. They are backed by an international coalition of medical doctors, research scientists and business leaders who share a singular goal: Finding a cure for paralysis.

While he lost the use of his limbs, Schmidt never lost his will or his passion for racing. In 2013, Schmidt agreed to partner with a team of Arrow engineers who were committed to make his dream to drive again a reality. Together, a team of engineers and medical researches worked to modify a car to be safely driven by Sam’s head movement. On May 18, 2014, Sam took the Semi-Autonomous Motor Car (SAM) to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driving for the first time since his accident in 2000. He was able to reach 97 MPH, and later reached 107 MPH back at the IMS. Schmidt is the current co-owner of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. He is also the only quadriplegic to have an active driver’s license, and is motivated to continue working with Arrow to further develop SAM.

“I’m excited to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.,” said Sam Schmidt. “Racing will forever be a passion of mine, and I’m honored by the hard work and dedication of the SAM project team to allow me to continue to carry out that passion from the driver’s seat. I look forward to sharing my story with you all this May.”

Formerly called the Mayors Breakfast, this 500 Festival event was held in downtown Indianapolis for many years. In 2004 it was moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its name was changed to Breakfast at the Brickyard to reflect the new location. For more than 60 years, the event has continued the tradition of honoring Indiana’s mayors for their tireless work to improve communities around the state. This year, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will host more than 70 Hoosier mayors from across the state who will gather to celebrate the month of May in Indiana.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., attracts race fans, business and civic leaders from all corners of the state. During the event, attendees will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast and hear from Sam Schmidt, as well as IMS and 500 Festival executives, before the announcement of the 500 Festival Queen Scholar. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to drive their car around the famed oval track at IMS (weather permitting) and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

2019 Breakfast at the Brickyard tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, March 6. Individual tickets are $75 and corporate tables are $850. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, you can fill out this form. For more information, visit 500Festival.com/breakfast or you can search #BrickyardBreakfast on social media.

Corporate partners of the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard are: Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Ice Miller, Business Furniture, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, WIBC, The Indianapolis Business Journal, Eufloric Events, and WISH-TV.

Conquer Paralysis Now funds scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances that lead us toward a cure – whether through positive advances or failures that help guide the next effort. Learn more at www.conquerparalysisnow.org.

About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

“Lights at the Brickyard” Returns Nov. 11-Dec. 30, 2017 @ims

August 29, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS. – Lights at the Brickyard, the popular, drive-through holiday display that debuted last year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will return from Nov. 17 through Dec. 30 this year with a longer route and over 2.5 million bright lights illuminating an expanded lineup of colorful displays.

The Lights at the Brickyard course will expand to more than 2 miles from last year’s 1.7 mile layout. As in 2016, the route—which travels through the IMS infield and along the front stretch of the historic oval—will cross the world-famous Yard of Bricks start-finish line.

Dozens of new displays can be seen along the route, with more than 500,000 additional lights this year.

“Lights at the Brickyard will become a wonderful holiday tradition at IMS, and we’re happy to see it grow into an even bigger and better family attraction this holiday season,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We’re also grateful for the feedback from our loyal customers after last year’s event, which helped guide improvements such as the longer route, even more displays and a more streamlined pricing structure. We can’t wait to welcome even more families this winter to once again celebrate Christmas by crossing the Yard of Bricks at the Racing Capital of the World.”

General admission will be $25 per car on Mondays through Wednesdays and $30 per car Thursdays through Sundays at the gate, with standard entry lane access. Vehicles with 15 or more passengers will be charged $50 at the gate, with standard entry lane access. General admission can be purchased only at the gate, with each admission valid for one drive through the displays per vehicle.

The popular Speedy Pass will also return, allowing participants who want the quickest access to the course to skip the longer lines and arrive through a special entry near the IMS golf course. This pass can be purchased now at IMS.com for $40 per car through Nov. 16 and $50 online from Nov. 17-Dec. 30. Speedy Passes are $60 when purchased at the gate, with special midweek pricing to be announced.

This year, Emmis Communications and B105.7, “Indy’s Christmas Station,” will become the official radio partners of Lights at the Brickyard.

Operating hours for Lights at the Brickyard are 6-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit IMS.com for more information on Lights at the Brickyard.

Keith Urban @ims, May 27, 2017

January 16, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Andy Wilson
Bohlsen Group

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. – Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban will headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 27, 2017, the day before the 101st Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Tickets sales began today, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Urban’s songs have reached the top of the charts 21 times, most recently with current smash hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Urban has recorded eight studio albums and is the first male Country artist to debut atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He’s won both a People’s Choice Award and an American Music Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s also won eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, has had five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums and is a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry.

“Firestone Legends Day has become an awesome way to celebrate the night before the Indianapolis 500 each year and having Keith Urban headline this year’s concert is going to be fantastic,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Keith’s many chart-topping Billboard hits, along with his appreciation for racing, will give thousands of spectators a can’t miss show to help celebrate the 101st Indy 500 Race Weekend.”

“The Firestone Legends Day concert has become a much anticipated Indianapolis 500 tradition, and we are excited to partner with the Speedway to bring superstar Keith Urban to the IMS stage,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “This event gives us the perfect platform to showcase the hard work and trusted dependability that make up the Firestone brand, and it allows us to connect with passionate country music fans in an engaging way.”

Dustin Lynch and Clayton Anderson will be special guests and fill out the full lineup.

Lynch’s self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. “Cowboys and Angels” became a modern day country classic, ending the year as one of Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012. Racking up over 25 million views on YouTube/VEVO, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter and selling 2.4 million digital singles, the Tennessee native brings a fresh combination of traditional influences and edgy intensity to the genre. His sophomore album WHERE IT’S AT, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and has tallied over 750,000 tracks sold to date.

Over the past four years, southern Indiana native Clayton Anderson has managed to do the unthinkable – he’s cracked into country music backwards, independently and with a fury.

Anderson has released three albums, including his brand-new project, Only To Borrow. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, this six song EP was written and produced by Clayton and some of music’s most talented writers, musicians and producers. The album’s first single, “In the Dark” garnered immediate streaming activity online and captured the attention of influential music playlist programmers. Armed with new music and an electric live show, Clayton Anderson is not only here to stay, but a force to be reckoned with.

General admission tickets for the concert start at $40 and access to the Firestone Concert Pit near the front of the stage is set for $75. Prices will increase closer to the concert date. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.ims.com or call (800) 822-INDY. Children 3 and under are free to the concert.

IMS ticketholders can sign up to receive pre-sale information by clicking here. Details will be communicated via email this week.

Fans with tickets for the Firestone Legends Day Concert will be admitted free to Legends Day activities. Admission to IMS on Legends Day will be $10 for adults, with children 15 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Other featured events on Legends Day presented by Firestone include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.

The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Excitement Building for Epic 100th Indy 500

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Andy Wilson
On behalf of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Fans encouraged to purchase race weekend experiences now

Anticipation for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil continues to build, with tickets for many of the weekend’s best opportunities going fast. With few reserved seats left, and many concert opportunities selling quickly, fans are encouraged to purchase Race Weekend experiences sooner rather than later.

“Our entire Race Weekend is shaping up to be an epic and unforgettable few days for everyone involved,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. “We’re thrilled to see tickets for all of our activities selling fast, and encourage fans to visit IMS.com and monitor our social media accounts to stay-up-to-date on the availability of Indy 500 grandstand seating, concert tickets and many other opportunities. We can’t wait to see everyone at the Speedway in May!”

The following Race Weekend updates are available for members of the media and public:

• Indy 500 Reserved Seating: Reserved seats are still available for the Indy 500, but in increasingly small quantities. If fans want a seat at the race, they should visit ims.com or call the ticket office at 317-492-6700 as soon as possible. For the first time in many years, it is expected that reserved seating for the Indy 500 will sell out.

• Indy 500 General Admission: GA tickets for the Indy 500 can be purchased at www.ims.com or by calling the Indy 500 ticket office. Fans are encouraged to purchase their Race Day General Admission tickets as early as possible to insure IMS can mail fans their tickets prior to Race Day. Print at home tickets are not available for Race Day this year.

• Concerts VIP and Concerts GA: VIP sections for the Snake Pit on Race Day, Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 27, and Legends Day presented by Firestone on Saturday, May 28, are sold out. This year, Snake Pit GA wristbands are expected to sell out prior to Race Weekend. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now to ensure they can participate in all concert experiences.

• Indy 500 Weekend Camping: Due to high demand, all camping, including Lot 1C, is sold out. The Indy 500 ticketing page on IMS.com currently lists several alternative camping options for fans.

• Parking: Parking within the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is sold out for Race Day. Race Day parking options are available in the surrounding Town of Speedway area on a first-come, first-served basis at several locations, including local Speedway schools. The Indy 500 ticketing page lists addresses for several of these locations. In addition, alternative transportation information can be found here.

• For Carb Day, prepaid infield parking is sold out. First-come, first-served parking remains in Lot 7 (North 40). Entrance to this lot is off of 30th Street and fans should arrive by 10 a.m. on Carb Day to access this parking. Free parking is not available within the infield for Carb Day in 2016.

• For Legends Day, prepaid parking is still available for $25 in the infield, or $15 in Lot 7 (North 40). Limited free parking is available in Lot 1B and 1C.

• IMS Race Day App: Fans are encouraged to download the new IMS mobile application to ensure a hassle-free trip to IMS. It is available for both iPhone and Android devices. Simply go to the app store and search for “Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

For more information and updates as inventories change, please continue to visit http://ims.com/.

Jeff Gordon Day in Pittsboro, Indiana, July 23, 2015

July 21, 2015 Leave a comment
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Jeff Gordon at the 2014 Brickyard 400. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

A chance to win a Meet & Greet with Jeff Gordon, new live entertainment, children’s activities and expanded vendor booths have been added to the Jeff Gordon Day lineup on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Pittsboro, Indiana. The event will include ongoing activites at Scamahorn Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fans can register for an exclusive Meet & Greet with the legendary NASCAR driver beginning at 9 a.m. at the Visit Hendricks County booth in the park. Registration for that giveaway will only last until 11:30 a.m., and only10 lucky fans will win.

At 10 a.m., the majority of the festivities start in the park including the band Fonda performing on stage, children’s activities from Stalhut amusements including bounce houses, bungee trampoline and more, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Street Team activities, show cars, a merchandise trailer and food vendors open.

The parade featuring Gordon will begin to roll down Main Street promptly at noon. An awards ceremony for Gordon on stage in the park will follow at 12:45 p.m. Activities will then continue in the park until 3 p.m.

What: Jeff Gordon Day

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Scamahorn Park in Pittsboro

Schedule:

9-11:30 a.m. – Sign up for Meet & Greet at Visit Hendricks County Booth in Scamahorn Park.
10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. – Vendor booths open, Fonda performs on the Main Stage.
Noon – Jeff Gordon Day Parade.
12:45 p.m. – Awards Ceremony in Scamahorn Park