IndyCar Championship Celebration taking over Indianapolis’ Monument Circle …

Posted: September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

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The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration, honoring newly crowned title-winner Simon Pagenaud, will take over downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday, October 4th.

Simon Pagenaud kisses the Astor Cup after winning the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Title at Sonoma Raceway -- Image by Joe Skibinski

Simon Pagenaud kisses the Astor Cup after winning the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Title at Sonoma Raceway — Image by Joe Skibinski

Monument Circle in the city center will buzz with INDYCAR activity throughout the day. Team transporters will line the south side of the circle beginning at 11:30 am, along with the Indy cars of Pagenaud & Alexander Rossi, winner of the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.

Also on display will be the Astor Cup, the trophy presented annually to the Verizon IndyCar Series champion since 2011, and the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy featuring the likeness of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

At 12 noon, the first 250 fans are invited to enjoy a free lunch on the circle, provided by Qdoba Mexican Eats and hosted by Mark Miles, the CEO of Hulman & Company, parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The transporter display will remain open to the public throughout the afternoon.

100th Running of the Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi -- Image by Joe Skibinski

100th Running of the Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi — Image by Joe Skibinski

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will begin walking the red carpet at 5 pm entering the Hilbert Circle Theatre, site of the awards ceremony with a capacity crowd expected. Fans unable to attend the Championship Celebration are invited to gather on the circle to watch their favorite drivers and VIPs arrive.  Pagenaud, the Team Penske driver who won 5 races to wrap up his first title, will be presented the $1 million champion’s prize and the Astor Cup during the awards ceremony beginning at 6:45 pm following a 5:30 pm reception inside Hilbert Circle Theatre.

INDYCAR will host Facebook Live chats with drivers and VIPs throughout the day’s activities on Monument Circle.

A live video stream of the Championship Celebration will be available on IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR Facebook page, beginning at 6:45 pm.

2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration

Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre — 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana  46204

When: Tuesday, October 4th

Transporter Display – Monument Circle — 11:30 am

Qdoba Mexican Eats Luncheon on Monument Circle — 12 noon

Red Carpet Activities — 5 pm

Championship Celebration Reception — 5:30 pm

Championship Celebration — 6:45 pm

(All Times – ET)

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