Archive for May, 2016

100th Running of the Indy 500 Champion, Andretti Autosport / Herta Racing's Alexander Rossi -- IMS Image by Joe Skibinski

100th Running of the 2016 Indianapolis 500 Champion, Andretti Autosport/Herta Racing’s Alexander Rossi — Indianapolis Motor Speedway Image by Joe Skibinski

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 30, 2016 – Alexander Rossi earned $2,548,743 from an overall purse of $13,273,253 for his victory on Sunday in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The rookie – whose winnings include $50,000 for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors – coasted across the finish line on an empty fuel tank in his No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian. Rossi beat Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Munoz by 4.4975 seconds, treating the sellout crowd to one of the more improbable finishes in Indy 500 history.

Rossi was the first rookie winner since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and the first American-born rookie champion since Louis Meyer in 1928.

Munoz, who led 10 laps including Laps 194-196 before pitting for fuel and surrendering the lead to Rossi, earned $788,743 for the runner-up effort in the No. 26 United Fiber & Data Honda.

Josef Newgarden drove the highest-finishing Chevrolet, taking third and $574,243 in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing. He led 14 laps in what was his best finish in five Indianapolis 500 starts.

Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion, led five different times in the second half of the race for 19 laps overall in the wild race that featured 54 lead changes among 13 drivers. He earned $445,743 in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.

Rounding out the top five was Charlie Kimball, the only in the top five to not lead a lap. He earned $423,243 in the No. 42 Tresiba Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and now has four top-10 finishes in his last five Indy 500 starts.

Pole sitter James Hinchcliffe led 11 times for 27 laps, his fourth consecutive “500” with laps led. He won $502,993 in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, which included the $100,00 Verizon P1 Award.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 champion, led the most times (15) and the most laps (52) but could only muster a 24th-place finish after a pit road incident on Lap 117 with Andretti Autosport teammate Townsend Bell and Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves. Hunter-Reay earned $419,243 in the No. 28 DHL Honda.

Defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya was the first car out of Sunday’s race after a Lap 64 crash. He earned $339,493 in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. Purse awards were announced and presented at the Victory Awards Celebration presented by Ice Miller, Contour Hardening, Inc., Allied Solutions and PWC on Monday, May 30, at the JW Marriott downtown.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Image by Eric Anderson

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Image by Eric Anderson

So ends my Month of May … as many of you know, I choose not to work on race day, spending my time with my family, in our seats on the main straightaway … we always arrive at the break of dawn to see the sun come up over the backstretch, being unbelievably thankful for the blessing of spending time together because of the sacrifice of those who have protected America.

With those thoughts in mind I will quietly slip into the shadows for a bit and spend time with Amy and our grandchildren. I will leave you in the hands of the terrifically talented scribes who bring auto racing alive, Gordon Kirby, John “Oreo” Orevicz, Jeff Olson, Andy Hallbery, Art Garner and so many more that there isn’t enough room here to list.

Needless to say my good friend Donald Davidson forever keeps the light of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway burning bright.

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The finest words I have ever read about this place and the world’s most important race day are from the final radio sign-off of Sid Collins …

“So now, the 60th running of the 500 here is now history. Since 1911, the hypnotic effect of speed upon driver and spectator alike is never dim. The run from the green flag to the checkered and on to Victory Lane here is a pursuit only one man in the world can accomplish once a year. Today, once again, Johnny Rutherford etched his name and his achievement upon the granite of time. He reigns supreme as the champion of the sport of auto racing this day and forever more. The massive crowd of more than 350,000 has threaded its way towards the exit gates as their eyes have taken a final sweep over the track before departing. For some, this has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, others will come back, but in every case, it’s always difficult to relinquish one’s grasp on the pulsating emotion that is the 500. And at this microphone we share that reaction of having to say goodbye to you across the many miles that separate us. But, another icy Indiana winter will come and go, and before we know it, springtime returns, it will be May, and the roar of engines will once again breathe life into the lazy Hoosier sky and bring us back together. God willing, I’ll be here to greet you for this annual reunion through our mutual love of auto racing and the Indianapolis 500…

… And now this final thought for our winner. Enthusiasm with wisdom will carry a man further than any amount of intellect without it. The men who have most-powerfully influenced the world have not been so much men of genius, as they have been men of strong conviction with an enduring capacity for work coupled with enthusiasm and determination. Johnny Rutherford showed these qualities today in becoming victorious over the Indianapolis 500…

… So until next May, this is Sid Collins, the Voice of the 500, wishing you good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, depending upon where in the world you are right now. We’re here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, at the Crossroads of America. Goodbye.”

Alexander Rossi toasts with ice cold milk in Victory Circle following his win in the 100th -- IMS Image by Eric Anderson

Alexander Rossi toasts with ice cold milk in Victory Circle following his win in the 100th — IMS Image by Eric Anderson

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 29, 2016) – On the biggest motorsports stage imaginable, Alexander Rossi picked the perfect day to make unimaginable history before a sellout crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a worldwide television audience tuned in.

The 24-year-old Californian and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie literally coasted across the finish line to win the epic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in most memorable fashion.

Driving the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, Rossi stretched his last tank of fuel over the final 36 laps around the hallowed 2.5-mile oval, running dry of Sunoco E85R as he entered Turn 4 on the final lap. The car’s momentum was enough to carry Rossi across the finish line 4.4975 seconds ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz.

In the process, Rossi became the 10th rookie in Indianapolis 500 history to win the race and the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001. He became a Verizon IndyCar Series winner in just his sixth race and the first to win a race in his debut season since Carlos Huertas in 2014.

“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” a stunned Rossi admitted in Victory Circle after drinking and then pouring the celebratory bottle of milk over his head. “We struggled a little bit in the pit stops but Bryan (Herta) came up with an unbelievable strategy. I can’t believe we’ve done this!”

In yet another thrilling Indianapolis 500 that saw 13 drivers swap the lead 54 times – the second most changes in Indy 500 history (68 in 2013) and seventh most for any Indy car race – Rossi led just 14 laps. The majority of the field, including Rossi, stopped for fuel and tires on Lap 164 during the caution period caused when Takuma Sato’s No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda made light contact with the Turn 4 wall.

Rossi sat seventh on the Lap 167 restart and bided his time as those ahead of him began to peel off for a splash of fuel in the final 10 laps. When race leader Munoz had to stop four laps from the completion of the 200-lap event, Rossi inherited the lead and nursed his car home with help of a tow from another Andretti teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Rossi’s final lap averaged 179.784 mph, nearly 40 mph slower than the charging Munoz, but he had cushion enough to coast across the famous yard of bricks by the largest margin of victory since the 1996 race.

“This is unbelievable,” said Herta, whose team merged with Andretti’s this year to form Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian and field Rossi, who left the American open-wheel junior ranks for Europe and made five Formula One starts in 2015 before returning to race on home soil.

“Man, it was so close at the end,” added Herta, Rossi’s race strategist. “For a rookie to drive with the poise he did in such a tough situation – I was telling him, ‘Don’t let anybody pass you but save fuel’ – and he did it.”

Rossi’s deal with Andretti Herta wasn’t formalized until a few weeks before the 2016 season opener. His best finish before today was 10th at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14. Now Rossi is an Indianapolis 500 champion and he continues a trend of rookies winning landmark Indy 500s started by Ray Harroun at the first race in 1911 and Graham Hill at the 50th in 1966.

“I don’t even know where to begin,” Rossi said. “In February I wasn’t even thinking about Indy car, and now we’ve just won the Indy 500. Thanks to an amazing group of people who gave me an opportunity to come here this year.”

The Indy 500 win was the fourth for Andretti Autosport (Dan Wheldon, 2005; Dario Franchitti, 2007; Hunter-Reay, 2014) and the second for Herta (Wheldon, 2011).

“After that last pit stop, I knew that Alex was going to try it,” co-owner Michael Andretti said. “We knew then, all right, if he’s going to try it, we’re going to try different strategies. It really worked out. We had two cars that had a shot at winning with two different strategies.

“To be a part of history, to win the 100th running, to win it with a 1-2 finish is incredible. I’m a bit speechless.”

For Munoz, it marked his second runner-up Indy 500 finish in four tries. The Colombian placed second to Tony Kanaan in 2013 to earn rookie of the year honors.

“I was really disappointed when it comes to fuel (strategy) and you lose the race because of that,” the 24-year-old said. “I was really disappointed to get second. Half a lap short, that’s what it took.”

Josef Newgarden finished third in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.

“Today’s gut-wrenching just because I think I had a winning car,” Newgarden said. “And when you know you have a winning car and you know you can win the thing and you go for it and it doesn’t happen because of a strategy call, it’s kind of tough.”

Kanaan was fourth in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading 19 laps. It was the 12th Indy 500 that Kanaan has led, second only to A.J. Foyt’s 13. Charlie Kimball, also driving for Ganassi, finished fifth in the No. 42 Tresiba Chevrolet.

Defending Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya finished 33rd after crashing his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier on his own on Lap 64. Montoya became just the third reigning winner to finish last at Indy, joining Jimmy Bryan in 1959 and Johnny Rutherford in 1977.

“I started making up some ground again and the car was actually pretty good,” said Montoya, who started 17th. “I went into (Turn) 2 with a big push and, when I got on the gas, it just came around. It’s just disappointing. Our Verizon Chevy was really good. Just a tough day.”

Hunter-Reay led a race-high 52 laps but had his bid for victory stifled following an incident on pit lane. Teammate Townsend Bell ran into Helio Castroneves on pit road and Bell’s car caromed into that of Hunter-Reay, who finished 24th.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud finished 19th to end a three-race win streak. The Team Penske driver saw his points lead trimmed to 57 over Scott Dixon, who finished eighth. With double points awarded for the race in addition to qualifying points, Pagenaud has 292 to Dixon’s 235 after six of 16 races.

Castroneves failed for the seventh time to become a four-time Indy 500 winner, finishing 11th and retaining third place in the standings with 224 points. Newgarden vaulted from eighth to fourth in the championship with 211 points.

The next event on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, featuring the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, the only doubleheader race weekend on the 2016 calendar. The June 4 and 5 races air at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Kohler Co. will be the title sponsor for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Road America, which will be known as the KOHLER Grand Prix. The green flag will fly on the event at approximately 12:15 pm CST on June 26.

“Kohler Co. is pleased to serve as the title sponsor for the KOHLER Grand Prix for the Verizon IndyCar Series at historic Road America. Verizon IndyCar events are among the most exciting in motorsports today as evidenced by the recent sell out of the 100th Indianapolis 500,” said David Kohler, President and CEO of Kohler Co. “Kohler shares this passion and enthusiasm and we are excited to welcome Verizon IndyCar fans to our home to take part in the return of IndyCar racing at Road America, one of the most beautiful and unique tracks in the world.”

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With 48 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St Andrews, Scotland. The Kohler courses have hosted six Major golf championships to date, including the record-setting 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, and will host the Ryder Cup in 2020. Kohler’s Old Course Hotel in St Andrews served as host-hotel for the 2015 British Open. Kohler recently broke ground on LODGE KOHLER, a hotel development within the new Titletown District in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.

“Kohler is a great fit for Road America,” said George Bruggenthies, Road America’s president and general manager. “They have a very unique brand that has been instrumental to Road America’s success through previous partnerships and initiatives while remaining dedicated to supporting the local area. We feel that Kohler Co. will incorporate itself very well in the racing community through this entitlement and we are very excited to have them on board in such a prestigious capacity.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series’ KOHLER Grand Prix takes center stage at Road America June 23-26 as an international lineup of drivers will have their chance to battle it out for glory on one of the world’s most revered road courses. The first IndyCar race at Road America took place in 1982, when Hector Rebqaue was crowned as the winner. In 2000, Dario Franchitti set the track record with a lap of 1 minute, 39.866 seconds (145.924 mph) set in qualifying for the 2000 race. Legendary drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi have each won three times at Road America, while Jacques Villeneuve and Paul Tracy were two-time winners on the high-speed course.

Ten current Verizon IndyCar Series drivers have raced on the circuit, with Sebastien Bourdais winning the last Indy car race there in 2007 under Champ Car sanction.

“I am really excited to see Road America back on the 2016 Indy car schedule,” said Bourdais, a four-time Indy car champion who currently drives for KVSH Racing. “This place allows our cars to stretch their legs fully and show what the Verizon IndyCar Series is all about. For me, it is the best racetrack in North America and I have some great memories there, including the win in 2007, and I am looking forward to coming back.”

Tickets are still available and additional event details; ticket pricing, a tentative event schedule and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. New for 2016, anyone 16-years-old and under are FREE with a paying adult at the gate. All races will run rain or shine.

Borg-Warner Trophy during the final Indy 500 practice on Miller Lite Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Photo by Chris Owens

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Information about the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 29, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

— Please note, all activities Sunday are weather permitting —

SCHEDULE (All times local)

5am – Exterior parking lots open to the public
6am – Cannon signifies opening of track. All gates and inside IMS parking lots are open
6am – 12:20 p.m.: IMS Midway open
6am – Noon: Ticket office open

7am – Snake Pit gates open
7:30 – 8:40am – B.O.A.T. concert at Snake Pit
7:45am – Band begins playing outside museum west door

8-9:15 am – Parade of Bands
8-10am – Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks. Begins at basement door of IMS Museum.
8:30-10am – Celebrity red carpet
8:45 – 10:10am – DJ Mustard concert at Snake Pit
9:34am – Purdue Band Leads Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks
9:45am – 500 Festival princess lap
10:06am – “On The Banks of the Wabash” performed by Purdue University Band – Victory Circle
10:15-11:45am – Zeds Dead concert at Snake Pit
10:29am – Green Flag delivered to Turn 1 by IU Health helicopter

10:40am – Former Indy 500 Champion Laps – A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Emerson Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyk, Dario Franchitti, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Tom Sneva, Danny Sullivan, Bobby Rahal, Al Unser Jr., Kenny Brack, Gil de Ferran, Buddy Rice, Sam Hornish

10:41am – All cars are placed on grid (pit lane is cleared for laps)

10:57am – Historic Race Car Laps: 1911 Marmon Wasp – Al Unser, 1912 National – Mark Dismore, 1914 Duesenberg – Tom Sneva, 1922 Duesenberg – Sarah Fisher, 1923 Miller – Hurley Haywood, 1928 Miller – Danny Sullivan, 1933 Ringling & Henning – Wally Dallenbach, 1935 Pirrung Special – Lyn St. James, 1939 Maserati – Gil de Ferran, 1946 Thorne Special – Tony George, 1947 Blue Crown Special – Stephan Gregoire, 1949 Blue Crown Special – Sam Hornish Jr, 1952 Agajanian Special – John Andretti, 1958 Demler Special – Paul Goldsmith, 1959 Watson – Simoniz Polish Special – Geoff Brabham, 1964 Sheraton Thompson Special – A.J. Foyt IV, 1965 Lotus – Dario Franchitti, 1965 Brawner Hawk – Mario Andretti, 1970 Johnny Lightning Special – Al Unser Jr., 1973 STP Special – Buddy Rice, 1974 McLaren – Vern Schuppan, 1980 Chaparral Special – Johnny Rutherford, 1981 Norton Special – Bobby Unser, 1986 March – Bobby Rahal, 1990 Lola – Arie Luyendyk, 1992 Penske PC21 – Emerson Fittipaldi, 1999 Dallara – Kenny Brack, 2000 G-Force – Darren Manning, 2002 Dallara – Davey Hamilton, 2011 Dallara – Brian Herta, 1969 Lola T152 – Karl Kainhofer, 1972 McLaren – David Donohue

11:07am – Military Silverado laps
11:35am – Driver introductions
11:43am – Pearl Harbor veteran salute
11:47am – “America the Beautiful” performed by military trio with Purdue Band
11:55am – Presentation of colors
11:56am – Invocation – Archbishop of Indianapolis
11:57am – Rifle Volley – Victory Podium
11:57am – “Taps”
11:57am – “God Bless America” – performed by Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Noon – “National Anthem” – performed by Darius Rucker
12:02 p.m.: Military Flyover

12:05pm – “Drivers to Your Cars” – Florence Henderson
12:12pm – “Back Home Again in Indiana” performed by Josh Kaufman and Indianapolis Children’s Choir

12:15pm – “Lady and Gentleman – Start Your Engines”

12:19pm – 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – 200 Laps

12:25pm – Skrillex Concert at Snake Pit
2pm – Martin Garrix Concert at Snake Pit
Post-Race – Victory Circle Ceremony

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STANDS GA: All mounds open

ALL STANDS RESERVED: Stands open to reserved seat ticket holders only. No general admission access in the stands.

DAILY PARKING (OPENS 5 a.m.): All IMS external and inside lots are sold out. Must have prepaid parking pass to use IMS parking.

MUSEUM HOURS: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission for race ticket holders is $10 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free.

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Tickets now on sale for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard and the Red Bull Air Race. Fans have 3 quick 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 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.

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

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May 28, 2016

As the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil has approached, the history of the race has been celebrated by countless numbers of fans and media.

That history cannot be told without a salute to A.J. Foyt.

On Race Day, the first four-time winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will offer a salute of his own to the 33 drivers who will compete in the 100th Running. Foyt will be stationed at the front of the grid and instruct the pace car and Row 1 to pull away for the Parade Laps, and as those drivers pull away followed by 30 more, Foyt will salute each one.

“A.J. Foyt has always been my favorite driver and I know so many of our fans hold him in the same regard,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said. “The 100th Running is all about honoring our history and A.J. is such a significant part of that, we couldn’t have this race without him being part of it for our fans and for each of our drivers! We’re excited to have him salute the men and woman who will write our next chapter.”

Foyt, born in 1935 in Houston, Texas, started his professional racing career in USAC midget car competition before racing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 1958. In 1961, he won his first Indy 500 in the No. 1 Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti Trevis/Offy. Three years later, in 1964, he was a champion again.

Three years after that, in 1967, Foyt won again and this time in a rear-engined car, becoming the first and only man to win at Indy in both front- and rear-engine race cars. A decade later, in 1977, he became the first four-time winner, in the iconic No. 14 Coyote that he owned.

During his driving career, “Super Tex” also won the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a resume claimed by no other driver. He was named co-driver of the 20th century by the Associated Press, one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers and he has been inducted into every major motorsports Hall of Fame.

Foyt also won the Indy 500 as a car owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack. This year, AJ Foyt Enterprises has three entries in the race, driven by Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth and Alex Tagliani.

The legend has always said that the Indianapolis 500 made A.J. Foyt, not the other way around. On Sunday, he’ll salute the person who will become the next legend of the Indianapolis 500 – the winner of the 100th Running.

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Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan leads Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud through Turn 1 during practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 — Image by Chris Owens

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 27, 2016) – He may be starting 18th in Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, but Tony Kanaan believes he has a car that can win the historic race.

Kanaan, who will start on the outside of Row 6 in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, was fastest in today’s Miller Lite Carb Day practice with a best lap of 226.280 mph on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Carlos Munoz was second at 224.772 mph in the No. 26 United Fiber & Data Honda, just ahead of Kanaan’s teammate, Scott Dixon, third at 224.606 mph in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

“I’m happy with my car,” said Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner. “Obviously, I have to pass 17 people before I get really happy with my car. After the struggle in qualifying, we really focused – me and Dixon – on the race. And you can see both of us at the top there.

“If anybody counts us out (for Sunday’s race), it will be a big mistake.”

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Munoz, who will start the race from the middle of the second row, said Carb Day practice confirmed the strength of his car.

“Today was just a check to see the car was running good,” said Munoz, who finished second to Kanaan as an Indy 500 rookie in 2013. “Everything was running good. The conditions will be different on Sunday. Every practice and qualifying I’ve been on the top of the charts, but that doesn’t matter.”

Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud, riding a three-race winning streak, was 22nd in today’s practice with a speed of 222.581 mph in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevy.

Juan Pablo Montoya, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and two-time race winner, was 13th at 223.571 mph in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevy. Teammate Helio Castroneves, the three-time Indy 500 winner, was 10th at 223.959 mph.

Will Power, runner-up to Montoya in last year’s race, had the fourth-fastest speed (224.384 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth (224.327 mph) in the No. 28 DHL Honda.

Pole sitter James Hinchcliffe was 12th fastest at 223.925 mph in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda. More than 1,300 laps were turned in the 70-minute session, with Pagenaud and Charlie Kimball (No. 42 Tresiba Chevy) each logging 52.

The only incident of the session came when Pippa Mann spun and crashed in Turn 4, backing her No. 63 Susan G. Komen Honda into the SAFER Barrier. Mann was uninjured.

“I’m absolutely fine,” Mann said. “I really feel sorry for the crew. I was trying to find clean air in pack running there, got a little too low on the inside. Dropped the ball and gave them work to do overnight.”

“The good news is the damage wasn’t too bad,” Mann added. “Hopefully it’s the right rear corner, rear attenuator, rear wing and that’s all we have to fix.”

The 33 cars now sit idle until Sunday’s epic race. Coverage on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network begins at 11 a.m. ET Sunday.

Stoneman wins Freedom 100 in closest IMS oval finish in history

Andretti Autosport's Dean Stoneman beats Ed Jones by just two thousandths of a second in the Indy Lights Freedom 100 - Image by Walt Kuhn - IMS

Andretti Autosport’s Dean Stoneman beats Ed Jones by just two thousandths of a second in the Indy Lights Freedom 100 – Image by Walt Kuhn – IMS

Dean Stoneman edged Ed Jones by 0.0024 of a second to win the Freedom 100 in the closest finish in Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval history, in the premier event on the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires schedule.

Starting fifth, Stoneman pushed his way to second place by Lap 9 in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Dallara IL-15. He passed pole sitter Jones for the lead on the next lap and, while Stoneman led 30 of the final 31 laps at the start-finish line, the pair swapped the point numerous times throughout the race.

Jones took the lead on the final restart, a one-lap shootout following a caution to retrieve the stopped car of Heamin Choi. Stoneman and Jones raced side by side heading into Turns 3 & 4 on the final lap, setting up a drag race down the frontstretch to the checkered flag. The margin of victory, a few inches.

“It was an amazing race,” said Stoneman, who collected his second straight Indy Lights win after capturing the second race of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis doubleheader May 14. “On that last lap it was pretty close. I knew in the race I was consistent and knew where to position my car to finish the race in the lead.”

Afterward, Jones felt he should have taken the outside line for the race to the checkers.

“I probably chose the wrong lane, it was my fault,” Jones said. “I feel like if I had gone outside maybe I would have held momentum and been able to hold him off. Unfortunately, I made the wrong call. That’s what cost us.”

Castronevescrew wins pit stop challenge record eighth time

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IndyCar Pit Stop competition – Image by Mike Harding

Team Penske and driver Helio Castroneves won the TAG Heuer Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge, earning a $50,000 prize. Castroneves celebrated his eighth win in the contest by climbing the fence in front of the Tower Terrance grandstand.

Castroneves beat Mikhail Aleshin of Schmidt Peterson with Team Pelfrey in the final round. This is the 17th win for Team Penske in the annual competition for Indy 500 pit crews that started in 1977. The winner of the competition has gone on to win the Indianapolis 500 six times, most recently with Castroneves in 2009.

“I went for it. I was able to stop really deep,” Castroneves said. “I was able to slide in just perfect. The Pennzoil boys, the Team Penske boys, really. … they are the fastest. All the credit to those guys. Very happy to be part of this organization.”

The crew for Castroneves in the contest was made up of members from the cars of Castroneves and teammate Simon Pagenaud.

“This team has been outstanding in the pit stop competition,” team owner Roger Penske said. “They work every day at the shop. We took our best guys and put them together on the two cars. … This gives us momentum for Sunday.”

Hondas focus on Indianapolis 500 paying off

With cars running up front all month in preparations for the 100th Indianapolis 500 and eight of the top 12 starters in Sunday’s race, Honda officials are feeling confident. Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, said today it has been a yearlong process involving engine development and improving its superspeedway aero kit under off-season rules that permitted changes in up to three “volume boxes.”

“We really worked hard, for 12 months really, on this particular race,” St. Cyr said. “We used two of our three allocated boxes for an aerodynamic standpoint on the race. We have a pretty major upgrade in our engine specification for this race.

“As you have seen, it’s been fairly competitive at this point. Our whole goal is to get all of our teams with a package that is capable of winning this race. All that you can hope for as a manufacturer is to have all of your teams really having a good package for this race.”

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe is the first Honda driver to win the Indy 500 pole since Chevrolet re-entered Verizon IndyCar Series competition in 2012. The manufacturers have split the past four Indy 500 race wins, so the competition is intense.

“Part of Honda’s existence is to win at racing,” St. Cyr said. “It’s always our goal. It’s always our challenge. Whether we are behind, or whether we are ahead, we really work forward to try to win these races. Obviously, this is a big race for us, so we’d be very happy (to win.)”

Indy 500 Teams Salute Legend Rutherford on final weekend as Pace Car Driver

Johnny Rutherford's last Indianapolis 500 as the Pace Car Driver will be on Sunday -- Image by Jim Haines

Johnny Rutherford’s last Indianapolis 500 as the Pace Car Driver will be on Sunday — Image by Jim Haines

Johnny Rutherford, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and longtime driver of the pace car in the Verizon IndyCar Series, was honored prior to Miller Lite Carb Day practice by drivers and crew members on a ceremonial lap along pit road.

Rutherford is turning over pace car duties following Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 to Sarah Fisher. He also received a special award from Firestone Racing commemorating “54 great years at Indy – 500 winner, driver coach and Pace Car driver” and a banner signed by all 33 drivers in the 100th running.

“(It was) a total surprise to me,” Rutherford said of the honorary lap around IMS. “I thought we were just going to go out and to do a radio check with the pace car. We did accomplish that, but when I pulled her out and saw all the crews and all the people (on pit road), it was fantastic. I was in total shock.

“When I retired (as an Indy car driver), I had the opportunity to start driving the pace car. It meant a lot to me because I can stay up close and personal and I get to lead the field. This year’s race will be something; it will be a dandy.”

Hondas T.EMcHale and Dan Layton share Jim Chapman Award

MIchael Knight, T.E. McHale, Dan Layton and Paul Page during the presentation of the Jim Chapman Award

Michael Knight, T.E. McHale, Dan Layton and Paul Page during the presentation of the Jim Chapman Award

T.E. McHale and Dan Layton, longtime representatives for Honda’s racing programs including the Verizon IndyCar Series, are co-recipients of the 2016 Jim Chapman Award for excellence in motorsports public relations. McHale and Layton were presented plaques for the honor this morning in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s media center, where a new permanent trophy was unveiled and will remain.

The Chapman Award honors the legendary PR executive and innovator who worked with Babe Ruth and was named Indy car racing’s “most influential man” of the 1980s.

McHale has been American Honda’s motorsports communications manager since 2003. He also reported on motorsports for the Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal from 1978-95 and worked on the public relations staff for CART through 2001.

Layton is in his 22nd year representing Honda in Indy car racing. He has also handled public relations duties in sports car racing and Formula Atlantics, among other series.

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The 1976 Indianapolis 500 souvenir section produced by the Indianapolis News – Image by Jeff Majeske

By: Jeff Majeske

Something I always looked forward to each May was the Fuson Form Chart. This page of analysis was penned by Wayne Fuson, sports editor of the Indianapolis News, which was the afternoon paper in Indianapolis.

It was included in the souvenir preview section and was a staple of pre-race coverage. He had an engaging, unique style patterned off horse racing forms that was eminently readable and entertaining. It rated the jockey (driver), horse (car) and stable (team), advising readers how and where to place their bets in a good-natured, humorous manner.

Wayne Fuson's predictions for 1976 - Image by Jeff Majeske

Wayne Fuson’s predictions for 1976 – Image by Jeff Majeske

Mr. Fuson died in 1996. I had hoped his contributions would have been recognized during all the hoopla surrounding the 100th Indianapolis 500, but, sadly, I did not see anything about him and his Form Chart.

So consider the following a bit of a tribute to Mr. Fuson:

Car 3 Helio Castroneves 3-1

Jockey out of classy Team Penske stable looks to be the fourth four-time winner in 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Horse looked a bit lame in qualifying, but bet the rent money to see if the Yellow Submarine surfaces in Victory Lane.

Car 9 Scott Dixon 3-1

Jockey is reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ & former 500 winner (2008). Chip Ganassi stable has been underwhelming this month, but never count him out. Dig deep in your shopping cart for a big bet.

Car 22 Simon Pagenaud 4-1

No mistaking this jockey’s mount – it’s the familiar fluorescent yellow of Menards cars of the past, though it’s out of the Team Penske stable. Jockey has been the hottest in the Verizon IndyCar Series with three consecutive wins entering the 500. As the young people might say, go big or go home.

Car 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 4-1

Jockey knows his way around the venerable oval with two wins in 3 starts, including last year. Another strong contender out of the Team Penske stable, the classy Colombian is a strong bet across the board.

Car 5 James Hinchcliffe 4-1

Canadian jockey made triumphant comeback after near-fatal crash last year to claim first Indy pole. Never mind the exchange rates; wager high.

Car 28 Ryan HunterReay 5-1

Jockey delivered ultimate prize for Andretti Autosport two years ago after thrilling duel with Helio Castroneves. His car is yellow, but you shouldn’t be when it comes to placing your bet.

Car 12 Will Power 5-1

Jockey had to settle for Place in last year’s race and has his sights firmly set on Win. Go Down Under your mattress if you need to find the cash to place on this determined Australian.

Car 21 Josef Newgarden 5-1

Young jockey ousted from pole spot by James Hinchcliffe at the end of qualifying. Chevrolet mount has been quick all month. Bet the mortgage money and maybe you’ll burn your mortgage after the race.

Car 15 Graham Rahal 8-1

Son of 1986 champ Bobby would love to add to the family legacy. Goes to the post 26th, not an ideal spot but not impossible, either – Johnny Rutherford won his first 500 from 25th. It’s only money.

Car 27 Marco Andretti 8-1

It’s been 10 years since jockey was pipped in the final few hundred yards by Sam Hornish Jr. in his first 500. The Andretti Curse doesn’t date back to the first Indianapolis 500 – it only seems that way. Dig up that can of money in the backyard if you must. You might be drinking more than Snapple after the race.

Car 20 Ed Carpenter 10-1

Jockey, a two-time pole winner, has had a quiet month out of his own stable. Stepson of Tony George could keep some of the winnings in the house, so to speak, if he can pull off a victory. Don’t imbibe too much Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka before deciding how much to wager.

Car 29 Townsend Bell 10-1

Jockey runs only the Indianapolis 500, with a fourth in 2009 and a ninth in 2012. Part of resurgent Andretti Autosport stable.

Car 26 Carlos Munoz 10-1

Consistent jockey at Indianapolis. Probably not the winner, but if you can get a bet down for a top 10, take it.

Car 42 Charlie Kimball 10-1

Mount has new look and number for jockey out of Chip Ganassi stable. Underwhelming month, which may mean something or nothing – he finished third last year. Bet on a top 10.

Car 7 Mikhail Aleshin 12-1

New version of the Mad Russian executed (got away with?) some incredible lines in qualifying. Comes out of easy-to-root-for Schmidt Peterson stable. Put down a ruble or two. Can’t hurt.

Car 6 J.R. Hildebrand 15-1

Jockey was one turn away from glory as a rookie in 2011. If you believe in redemption, redeem a few cans and bottles and place your bet.

Car 10 Tony Kanaan 15-1

The 2013 500 champ seems to be rounding into form after lackluster month – and season. Put a few bucks on his nose for old time’s sake.

Car 14 Takuma Sato 18-1

Nearly won in 2012, winding up in the wall in the closing laps after duel with Dario Franchitti. His A.J. Foyt stable has struggled mightily this May, though this Japanese jockey has been a bright spot. If you have a yen for nostalgia, bet him across the board.

Car 11 Sebastien Bourdais 20-1

Frenchman out of KV stable won the Champ Car Series title four years in a row, but has been less than spectacular on ovals. Only if you have a spare franc or two.

Car 77 Oriol Servia 20-1

Capable jockey part of Schmidt Peterson stable, which features Hinchcliffe. Place a top 10 bet if you can.

Car 18 Conor Daly 20-1

Like Ed Carpenter, jockey has a connection to Brickyard royalty – he’s the stepson of IMS prez Doug Boles. Bacon-sponsored car went up in smoke before the green flag last year, so this year has to be better, right? Go easy.

Car 98 Alexander Rossi 20-1

Rookie Jockey has one of the most beautiful cars in the field, and his number (98) has proud winning heritage (Troy Ruttman, Parnelli Jones, Dan Wheldon). Bet on him for Rookie of the Year, but save the heavy stuff for the future.

Car 24 Sage Karam 20-1

Promising young jockey on comeback trail after losing his ride at the end of last season. Give him time.

Car 61 Matt Brabham 25-1

Rookie jockey has fine bloodlines – granddad Sir Jack ignited rear-engine revolution in the 1960s while dad Geoff was an Indy regular for more than a decade. Someday, maybe.

Car 19 Gabby Chaves 30-1

Scout’s honor: second-year jockey could surprise. If you like long shots, Gabby might be your guy.

Car 41 Jack Hawksworth 33-1

Owner A.J. Foyt certainly knows the way to Victory Lane. Put a bob or two down on the young Englishman if you like because of A.J.

Car 4 Buddy Lazier 33-1

1996 champ has been saddled with subpar mount the past few years. If you’re the nostalgic type, take some of the money you would’ve used for that new Delta Faucet and put it on Buddy to Show.

Car 63 Pippa Mann 33-1

Lone female jockey racing for very worthy Susan G. Komen Foundation. Perhaps you should use your money for that instead.

Car 8 Max Chilton 33-1

Rookie jockey out of Chip Ganassi stable made a few waves after the Phoenix race by questioning intelligence of his fellow competitors. Then he said hello to the walls at IMS on first day of qualifying. Easy does it.

Car 35 Alex Tagliani 33-1

Former pole winner has had a rough month out of the A.J. Foyt stable. Capable jockey deserves better. Save your money for another year.

Car 16 Spencer Pigot 33-1

Rookie jockey has come through the ranks after winning Indy Lights title last year. Give him time.

Car 88 Bryan Clauson 33-1

A real racer, jockey stays busy on the short tracks. Perhaps you should spend your money at Jonathan Byrd’s instead.

Car 25 Stefan Wilson 33-1

Brother of Justin Wilson making his first 500 start. Englishman has slick-looking car, but save your quid.

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By: IndyCar.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Ed Jones was the fastest through the first half of qualifying today for the Freedom 100, until a rain washed out the remainder. No matter, the points leader will still lead the field to the green flag for the premier event on the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires schedule.

Jones, in the No. 11 Carlin Dallara IR-15, clocked two laps at more than 197 mph to set the pace early. Zachary Claman de Melo crashed on the second lap of his qualifying attempt shortly after, and the rains began as the track was being cleaned.

The starting grid will be set by points, putting Jones on the pole. Santiago Urrutia will share Row 1 in the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian. Sixteen cars are entered.

The 40-lap race will be telecast live as part of NBCSN’s Miller Lite Carb Day coverage.

Lilly Diabetes joins as Co–Primary Sponsor for Conor Daly’s No. 18 Honda …

Dale Coyne Racing today announced that Lilly Diabetes of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company will serve as co-primary sponsor of the No. 18 ShirtsForAmerica.com / Lilly Diabetes Honda driven by Conor Daly, in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

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As part of the sponsorship, Daly’s No. 18 car will run a special patriotic paint scheme with a series of four stars, one colored in blue to recognize the one in four veterans who live with diabetes, which is two and a half times greater than the general population. 

Daly was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 14 in 2006. Now 24, Daly continues to manage his diabetes through proper diet, exercise and medicines. The Noblesville, Ind., native wears a glucose monitoring system to help manage his diabetes and his No. 18 Honda is equipped with a glucose monitoring readout device.

“It’s a pretty exciting time for our race team to have Lilly Diabetes come on board for the Indy 500 this weekend,” Daly said. “It’s personal to me and also to so many people living with and managing diabetes. Being an Indiana native and having a company like Lilly help us bring awareness to the number of veterans living with diabetes is something really special.”

The team announced last week that Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee’s new company, ShirtsForAmerica.com, would be a primary sponsor for the Indianapolis 500. For each T-shirt sold on the site, a portion of the proceeds goes to Wish For Our Heroes – founded by military veterans to help veterans – and the Pat McAfee Foundation that has given more than $150,000 in scholarships to children of military families.

The tie-in with the two sponsors was a natural, according to team owner Dale Coyne.

“We are proud to partner with Lilly Diabetes for the Indianapolis 500 to help bring awareness to the number of veterans living with diabetes and help connect fans with Lilly as a resource for proper management of diabetes,” Coyne said. “With the Memorial Day weekend and the sponsors we have on Conor’s car, we couldn’t be more excited about Sunday’s race.”

Lilly has been providing solutions and support for people affected by diabetes since 1923 when the company introduced the world’s first commercialized insulin. Many of the company’s programs and solutions are designed around feedback from people who live with the disease every day.

Stinger raises $900,000 for charity, then is donated to IMS Museum

The Stinger, an Indy car created by John Andretti and long-time sponsorship partner Window World to honor the Centennial era of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, sold at auction Wednesday night for $900,000 at the Dallara Factory in Speedway, Ind.

Proceeds from the sale of the race car, designed to resemble the Marmon Wasp that Ray Harroun drove to victory in the first Indy 500 in 1911, which is signed by 249 drivers who competed in the Indianapolis 500, benefited St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Window World is donating $189 for each signature, meaning the car has raised more than $1 million for St. Jude.

The winning bidder, a group of 10 investors known as the Century Club, intends to donate the car to the IMS Museum.

CastronevesCrew Set to Defend Pit Stop Challenge Title

Helio Castroneves’ No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet crew will defend its TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge title against 11 challengers on Friday during Miller Lite Carb Day. With seven wins in the competition, Castroneves’ crew has more than any other in the contest that started in 1977.

Castroneves’ crew received a first-round bye into the quarterfinals in the draw, as did the crews for pole sitter James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda), 2015 Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevy) and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy).

First-round crew pairings are: Matt Brabham (No. 61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevy) vs. Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Charlie Kimball (No. 42 Tresiba Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy) vs. Graham Rahal (No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda), Sage Karam (No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevy) vs. Carlos Munoz (No. 26 United Fiber & Data Honda), and Takuma Sato (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda) vs. Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Honda). The complete challenge bracket is below. 

Brabham’s crew will consist of the honorary CK Crew of military veterans and first responders gathered from around the nation. They have been undergoing extensive training in Indianapolis the past 10 days under the guidance of Jim Leo from PitFit Training.

The winning crew earns $50,000 and second place $15,000, with prize money decreasing to $2,000 each for the ninth- through 12th-place finishers.

More goings on at the Brickyard … 

Xtrac, the exclusive supplier of gearboxes to Verizon IndyCar Series teams since 2000, presented gearbox No. 100 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum today in honor of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. It was the 100th gearbox built by Xtrac for use in Verizon IndyCar Series competition. It was taken from production and modified with a cutaway view so museum visitors can see its inner workings …

Andretti Autosport announced that entertainment technology company Technicolor will be an associate sponsor of the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda driven by Alexander Rossi in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. The team also announced a partnership with Dickinson Fleet Services to provide complete management and maintenance service for the Andretti team of transport vehicles and be a sponsor of the No. 28 DHL Honda driven by 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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Carb Day at the Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 26, 2016

Information about the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Friday, May 27, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Please note, all activities Friday are weather permitting

SCHEDULE (All times local)

8am-6pm — Public Gates Open
8am-9am — Historic Race Car Exhibition
9am-3:30pm — IMS Midway Open
9am-11am — Firestone Pin #2 Distribution – Pagoda Plaza
9am — USF2000 Car Unveil – Pagoda Plaza
10am-3pm — Pin Trading Program – Plaza Retail Shop
10:15am — 2016 Indianapolis 500 Driver Class Photo – Yard of Bricks
10:30am-10:45am — Sam Schmidt Laps
10:50am: Clint Brawner Award Ceremony – Victory Podium
11am-Noon — Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
11am-5pm — Ivy Tech Garage Tours
12:05pm — Indy Lights Freedom 100 Driver Introductions – Victory Podium
12:30pm-1:20pm — Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race
2:00pm-3:10pm — TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge
3:30pm-4:15pm — Neal Schon Vortex Concert – Turn 4 concert venue
4:30pm-6:30pm — Journey Concert – Turn 4 concert venue
6:15pm-7:30pm — IndyCar two-seater rides

TICKETS: General admission $30

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 8am-6pm — Gate 1, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A, Gate 12, Gate 1B, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 6, Gate 7 S Pedestrian, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 9, Gate 9A, Media Gate

STANDS OPEN: A Stand, B Penthouse (22-25), Backstretch family mounds, Backstretch mounds, E Penthouse, E Stand, Gasoline Alley Roof, Northwest Vista (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Northwest Vista Wheelchair (21), Paddock (12-20), Paddock Penthouse (16-28), Paddock press box, Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, Tower Terrace (37-45), Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Turn 1 mounds, Turn 3 mounds, Turn 4 mounds, Wheelchair Accessible.

DAILY PARKING (OPENS 7 a.m.): Lot 1B – Paid Daily Parking, Lot 2 – Paid Daily Parking, Lot 3G – Paid Daily Parking, Main Gate – Paid Daily Parking, North 40 – Limited Free Infield Public Parking

MUSEUM HOURS: 9am-6pm Admission $10 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free.

Tickets are now on sale for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, the Crown Royal 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.

Information on parking & camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets 

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INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 25, 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.

“‘Lights at the Brickyard’ is going to be a fantastic holiday event that becomes a tradition for families from near and far,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. “We’re always looking for new ways to engage with the community year-round and this event is a perfect fit. This extravaganza will be a truly unique experience during the holiday season, combining world class lighting installations with a world-class driving experience through portions of our iconic racetrack.”

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.

“Winterland Inc. is a world leader in holiday festivities and it is a pleasure to partner with the ‘Racing Capital of the World’ to celebrate the holiday season in a truly unique setting,” said Winterland Inc. President R. David Fred.

Early-bird tickets will start at just $20 per car and will be available at a later date on http://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.

Commercial and community partnerships for Lights at the Brickyard are welcomed and will include custom-constructed lighting installations for corporate partners. All inquiries should be directed to IMS Senior Director of Music and Events, Kyle Krisiloff, via kkrisiloff@brickyard.com

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INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 26, 2016 — On the heels of yesterday’s historic sellout announcement, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials unveiled the 2017 Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil logo today alongside an exciting “Race to Renew” campaign for current ticketholders.

The red, white and blue logo captures the patriotic nature of America’s greatest Memorial Day Weekend tradition and projects the forward motion that drives both the Indy 500 and the Verizon IndyCar Series onward.

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“This has been a year of growth and opportunity for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles said. “The 100th Running has been a powerful reminder that the Indy 500 will always be so much more than just a race. The challenge and opportunity for the 101st Running is to ensure this momentum fuels progress in 2017 and beyond. I’m confident we’ll get the job done.”

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The buildup for the 101st Running starts with “Race to Renew.”

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 30, fans will have 500 hours to purchase their tickets for the 2017 Indy 500. Those who do so will be able to lock in their current seats at the most recent price or be first in line for upgrades. They will also receive a number of other benefits including:

A commemorative 2016 Indy 500 DVD
IMS concert pre-sale access
Special insider access to events and experiences
Commemorative tickets and packaging (reorders only)
Access to a party 101 days out

“Hundreds of thousands of fans know the Indy 500 is the only place to be on Memorial Day Weekend,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “‘Race to Renew’ is the best way to ensure our current ticketholders, both newcomers and veterans, can lock in their seats and apply for upgrades first. I’m confident the 101st Running is a race they won’t want to miss.”

The “Race to Renew” reaches the finish line on June 8 at 8 p.m. More information can be found at www.ims.com/renew