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Things to do in Indianapolis, May 19-25, 2014

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Snakepit Ball at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, May 24.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. SUN: 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. SAT: 58th Annual IPL 500 Festival Parade in Downtown Indianapolis
  3. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  4. SAT: KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball at the Indiana Roof Ballroom
  5. MON: Spotlight 2014 at Clowes Memorial Hall
  6. THU: Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  7. WED-SUN: 31st Annual Banks of the Wabash Festival in Terre Haute
  8. WED: 500 Festival Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  9. WED: 34th Annual Zoopolis 500 at the Indianapolis Zoo
  10. THU: Statehouse Market at the Indiana State Capitol Building
  11. THU: Rev Rally in Brownsburg
  12. SAT-SUN: 38th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous in Knox County
  13. SAT: 69th Annual Visit Hendricks County ‘Night Before the 500’ at Lucas Oil Raceway
  14. FRI: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI: 500 Festival Memorial Service on Monument Circle

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‘Night Before the 500’ Grand Marshal? It Could Be You!

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Raceway

Lucas Oil Raceway. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County
http://tourhendrickscounty.com/

Visit Hendricks County, as part of its sponsorship of the “Night Before the 500,” will for the first time ever give one lucky race fan the opportunity to be grand marshal of the May 24, 2014 event on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Visit Hendricks County is now accepting applications by asking race fans to share a story or experience demonstrating why they should serve as grand marshal for this event.

“We are really excited to hear from the diehard fans of this sport and give one an opportunity to be grand marshal for this great race,” said Sarah Ferguson, director of marketing for Visit Hendricks County. “We want to hear their stories from this event and this track especially considering Lucas Oil Raceway is one of the county’s most prominent visitor attractions.”

The fan chosen for the distinction will follow in a long line of previous honorees, including last year’s grand marshal, A.J. Watson, a USAC Hall of Fame inductee. The winner also will receive four tickets to the race, access to the Visit Hendricks County suite and will be honored during pre-race ceremonies on the track.

The Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 is a long-standing event showcasing USAC Midget, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 racing. Racing legends like A.J. Foyt, who was the first winner in 1961, have taken part in this event. Other past winners include Johnny Parsons, Mel Kenyon, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

“No sport has a more passionate fan base than motorsports so when Visit Hendricks County presented the idea of awarding a race fan with the opportunity to serve as grand marshal, it made perfect sense,” said Randy Simpson, general manager at Lucas Oil Raceway. “When you get down to it, Lucas Oil Raceway is really in the business of making memories, and this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky race fan. I cannot wait to read each fan’s story – I might even submit my own!”

Fans who want to be entered in the contest have until April 24 to submit their story. Applicants must be 21 years or older to enter and are limited to one entry per household.

To submit an entry, go to www.TourHendricksCounty.com and look for the Grand Marshal Contest button. In addition to the grand prize winner, two other entries will be awarded runners-up prize packages which include four general admission tickets to the Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 race.

For complete contest rules or more information, visit www.TourHendricksCounty.com.

US Nationals Drag Racing Championships at Lucas Oil Raceway

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment
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US Nationals Drag Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
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The 59th Annual Chevrolet Performance US Nationals Drag Racing Championships begins today at Lucas Oil Raceway and continues daily through next Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

This is the most prestigious drag racing event in the world, with six days of racing and associated activities, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. Here’s the full schedule as published by the NHRA:

WEDNESDAY, August 28, 2013
Racer Registration / Tech Inspection (all categories)
Sportsman Qualifying (SS, Stock, SG & SC only) 8:30 AM
Secure Track 5:00 PM

THURSDAY, August 29, 2013
Racer Registration/Tech Inspection (Pro, Alcohol & Pro Mod – 7:30am to 6pm)
Sportsman Qualifying/Eliminations (featuring Factory Stock Showdown) 8:00 AM
Comp Eliminator Qualifying Sessions (2)
Secure Track 7:00 PM

FRIDAY, August 30, 2013
Racer Registration/Tech Inspection (Pro, Alcohol & Pro Mod only)
Sportsman Eliminations (featuring Mopar Hemi Challenge) 8:00 AM
Alcohol Qualifying Sessions (2) (TAFC-TAD)
Comp Eliminator Qualifying Session
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 5:30 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 6:00 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 7:00 PM
Jet Cars 8:25 PM
Secure Track 8:30 PM

SATURDAY, August 31, 2013
Sportsman Eliminations 8:00 AM
Comp Eliminator – Round 1 11:00 AM
Alcohol Qualifying Session (TAD-TAFC) 12:00 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 2:00 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 2:30 PM
Traxxas TF Shootout Driver Intro 3:30 PM
Traxxas TF Shootout – Round 1 4:00 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 4:15 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 5:30 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 6:00 PM
Traxxas TF Shootout – Round 2 7:00 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 7:10 PM
Traxxas TF Shootout – Final 8:30 PM
Jet Cars 8:40 PM
Secure Track 8:45 PM

SUNDAY, September 1, 2013
Sportsman Eliminations 8:00 AM
Alcohol Qualifying Session (TAFC-TAD) 9:15 AM
Comp Eliminator – Round 2 10:30 AM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)
Traxxas FC Shootout Driver Intro 12:00 PM
Traxxas FC Shootout – Round 1 12:30 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 12:45 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 2:00 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 2:30 PM
Traxxas FC Shootout – Round 2 3:30 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 3:40 PM
Traxxas FC Shootout – Final 4:45 PM
Pro Mod – Round 1 5:00 PM
Alcohol (TAFC-TAD) – Round 1 5:30 PM
Secure Track 8:00 PM

MONDAY, September 2, 2013
Pre-Race Ceremonies 9:30 AM
Final Eliminations 11:00 AM
Secure Event 4:30 PM

For more information, visit http://lucasoilraceway.com/, or call 317-291-4090.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, 2013

August 25, 2013 Leave a comment