Archive for May 26, 2016



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 / Lilly Diabetes Honda driven by Conor Daly, in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.


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,, 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.



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 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 


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, 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


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.


“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.”


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