Archive for April 27, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem before the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
 
Rucker will sing in the traditional spot on “500” Race Day before the 33 drivers are called to their cars and the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

“With just over a month until our historic 100th Running, we are pleased to announce
Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem on Race Day,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Darius has a unique set of skills as a musical artist and connects on a personal level with fans across the globe. We know he’ll deliver a performance befitting such a monumental day and help ensure this year’s pre-race, my own favorite time of the year, is an unforgettable experience.”

Rucker first attained multi-platinum status in the music industry as former lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY-Award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish.

Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans.

“I’m honored to sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 and to be invited to celebrate the milestone of the 100th Running,” said Rucker.
 
In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance for his triple-platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album “True Believers.” Rucker’s first two country albums, “Learn To Live” and “Charleston, SC 1966” produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”

“Southern Style,” his fourth studio country album, features his latest No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. To learn more about Darius Rucker go to www.dariusrucker.com

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is May 29.

This year, fans are encouraged to get to IMS in the early morning hours to take advantage of the full 100th Running experience.

Highlights include live SportsCenter tapings in the plaza beginning at 8am and an expanded Fan Midway. Stay tuned for more updated on early pre-race opportunities as the 100th Running countdown continues.

Tickets are now on sale for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and the Red Bull Air Race. Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:

Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets Tickets available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8am-5pm (ET) Monday thru Friday.
In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building east of the 16th Street roundabout and outside Turn 1 of the oval between 8am-5pm (ET) Monday – Friday.

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

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

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INDIANAPOLIS, April 2016 – A unique version of the new 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner.

It’s the ninth time Camaro has served as the Pace Car and the 27th time for Chevrolet, dating to 1948.

“Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it’s an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It’s also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive IndyCar manufacturer titles since 2012.”

Four identically prepared Pace Cars will support the race, all with exclusive Abalone White exteriors featuring “100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil” graphics on the doors and the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway wing-and-wheel logo on the quarter panels. They also incorporate the exterior cues and graphics that are unique to the Camaro 50th Anniversary package that goes on sale this summer.

With 455 horsepower on tap, the Camaro SS Pace Cars require no performance modifications to lead the racing field.

Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “When he leads the pack on May 29, behind the wheel of the Camaro SS, he will drive the race into its next 100 years and strengthen the bond Chevrolet and Indianapolis forged a century ago.” 

For 2016, Chevrolet drivers will be looking to build on last year’s results of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” when the top four finishers were Chevy-powered, led by race winner and Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya. It was his second Indy 500 victory and the 16th for Team Penske. 

No other racing team has recorded more wins at the Brickyard, and it started with driver Mark Donohue‘s victory in 1972. Penske and Donohue established their relationship five years earlier, when Penske transitioned from driver to team owner. They quickly found success in SCCA’s Trans-Am Series, with Donohue piloting an early Camaro Z/28 racecar, winning three of 12 races in 1967 and 10 of 13 in 1968.

Penske tackled the Indy 500 for the first time in 1969, while still campaigning a Camaro in Trans-Am. Donohue was his driver for both series. Later, racers including Mario Andretti, Al Unser and Rick Mears and drove for Penske, with Mears winning four Indianapolis 500 races and helping solidify Team Penske as an Indy powerhouse in the 1980s. That legacy advances this year, as Roger Penske seeks his 17th Indy 500 title as a team owner.

Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition

The 50th Anniversary Edition honors the distinctive looks and performance that have always set the Camaro apart. It is offered on 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible models, all with Nightfall Gray Metallic exteriors featuring a 50th Anniversary stripe package and badges – and a black top on convertibles.

The specially prepared Abalone White pace cars differ in exterior color, but share the Anniversary Edition package’s stripes and other content features, including:

  • Specific 20-inch 50th Anniversary wheels
  • Unique grille with satin chrome accents
  • Body-color front splitter
  • Orange brake calipers (front only on LT)
  • Unique black leather interior with suede inserts and orange accent stitching
  • Distinct 50th Anniversary treatments on instrument panel, seatbacks, steering wheel and illuminated sill plates
  • 2LT includes RS Appearance Package.

The Camaro 2LT comes standard with a 2.0L Turbo engine rated at 275 hp (205 kW) and a 335-hp (250 kW) 3.6L V-6 is available. The Camaro 2SS features the LT1 6.2L V-8, which offers 455 hp (339 kW), making it the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Camaro pace cars through the years

  • 1967 – RS/SS convertible
  • 1969 – RS/SS convertible
  • 1982 – Z28 coupe
  • 1993 – Z28 coupe
  • 2009 – SS coupe (2010 model)
  • 2010 – SS coupe
  • 2011 – SS convertible
  • 2014 – Z/28 coupe
  • 2016 – Camaro SS (2017 50th Anniversary Edition).

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com

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2016 Ticket Information: Tickets are now on sale for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and the Red Bull Air Race. Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:

Online: Visit http://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 east of the 16th Street roundabout and outside Turn 1 of the oval between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

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