Archive for March 20, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – A new premium viewing area will be constructed outside Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering an all-inclusive Race Day experience for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The Turn 3 Club is being offered in response to increased demand for premium seating and hospitality at IMS. Suites are sold out for Indianapolis 500 Race Day, while limited availability remains in the Hulman Terrace Club. Hospitality and premium sales are well ahead of the pace from 2017, with demand mirroring that from the landmark 100th Running in 2016.

Demand for Reserved Seats also is stronger than for the 101st Running last May, won by Takuma Sato before one of the largest Race Day crowds in decades. Sales in February 2018 were significantly greater than those during the same month in 2017, as momentum and anticipation – boosted by the new “This Is May” campaign – continue to build for the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 12 and the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27.

“The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil continues in its second century to show its strength as the world’s greatest spectator sporting event,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Demand for this year’s race is very strong, with suites sold out and ticket sales continuing to outpace last year. Adding the Turn 3 Club as a new way to experience the Indy 500 gives another option for our fans who want that traditional race experience with more than just a grandstand seat.”

The Turn 3 Club, located on the outside of the famed 2.5-mile oval, will provide these amenities:

•Spectacular views of the track from an elevated Turn 3 location

•Pairing with a Reserved Seat in the North Vista for each customer

•All-inclusive food, beer and wine, with liquor available for purchase

•Tented deck area with tables and limited seating

•Parking passes in the North 40 Lot, with one pass for every four tickets purchased

•Souvenir event program for each customer

•Dedicated restroom facilities

•Live TV and audio feed

Tickets to the Turn 3 Club are $750 each. Existing Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Race Day ticket holders can upgrade to the Turn 3 Club for $700 each.

Prices will increase closer to May, so interested race goers are encouraged to purchase soon at www.ims.com/turn3club or the IMS Ticket Office.

Fans looking for a ticket to every racing event at IMS can also purchase a limited number of seats left in the Hulman Terrace Club. Located on the outside of the front straightaway just past the Turn 4 exit, the club features premium stadium seating, a private area for food and beverage, and tickets to every day of track action in May along with the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Air Race World Championship. For more information, click here.

Fans can email ticketsales@brickyard.com to discuss the purchase options in either the Turn 3 Club or Hulman Terrace Club.

Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers will continue their preparation for the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil through manufacturer private testing and INDYCAR open and Indianapolis 500 rookie/refresher testing Friday, March 23, Tuesday, March 27, Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among the drivers testing on the IMS road course and oval will be 2017 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil champion Takuma Sato, 2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix winner Will Power and 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais. And making their first runs in the new-look Indy car on the IMS oval will be three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2005 Indy 500 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick, who is returning to the race for the first time since 2011 in the final start of her driving career.

Honda manufacturer testing will take place Friday, March 23 on the IMS road course, followed by three days of testing March 27-29 on the IMS oval. An INDYCAR open test is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, with Rookie Orientation Program & Refresher Tests on Wednesday, March 28. A combined ChevroletHonda manufacturer test on the oval will conclude testing Thursday, March 29.

Fans can watch all four days of testing from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace grandstands. These areas are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for testing March 23 and March 29 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27-28.

Testing on March 27-28 also will be streamed live on the INDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

The fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 on the IMS road course. The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for Sunday, May 27 on the IMS oval.

A look at each day of testing:

FRIDAY, March 23

Test: Honda Manufacturer Test on IMS road course
Participating Drivers: Determined by manufacturers. By INDYCAR rule, teams from both manufacturers are permitted to test on test days for specific manufacturers. Expected participants: Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Gabby Chaves, Scott Dixon, Pietro Fittipaldi, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Jordan King, Matheus Leist, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Spencer Pigot, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Zach Veach, Robert Wickens.
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.

TUESDAY, March 27

Test: INDYCAR Open Test on IMS oval
Time: 10 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.
• Participating drivers (21): Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Gabby Chaves, Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, Jack Harvey, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Spencer Pigot, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Zach Veach
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.
Live Streaming: INDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com

WEDNESDAY, March 28

Test: Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program/Refresher Tests on IMS oval
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Rookie Orientation Program), 2-5 p.m. (Refresher tests)
Participating Drivers (6): Pietro Fittipaldi (ROP), Kyle Kaiser (ROP), Sage Karam (refresher), Matheus Leist (ROP), Danica Patrick (refresher), Robert Wickens (ROP)
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.
Live Streaming: INDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com

THURSDAY, March 29

Test: Chevrolet and Honda Manufacturer Test on IMS oval.
Participating Drivers: Determined by manufacturers. Expected participants: Ed Carpenter, Gabby Chaves, Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Matheus Leist, Danica Patrick, Spencer Pigot, Robert Wickens.
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.

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