INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 – Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one day before the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

The concert, which also will feature additional acts to be announced in the coming weeks, starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building. General admission tickets start at just $35 until March 1. A limited number of Concert Pit tickets are available starting at $75, and a very limited supply of exclusive VIP Deck tickets are available for $250.

Concert tickets include admission to the concert and all Legends Day presented by Firestone activities that day at IMS, including autograph sessions with current & past Indianapolis 500 drivers, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 public drivers’ meeting, historic race car laps and more. IMS gates open at 8am, with concert gates opening at 2pm.

“Zac Brown Band is a phenomenon, one of the most exciting, talented and popular live acts in any genre of music today,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The band’s unique blend of rock, soul, country, bluegrass and reggae has incredible appeal to so many people and reaches a new level when performed live.

Race Weekend for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 just keeps getting better and better.

Is it May yet?”

Zac Brown Band is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group led by front man, Zac Brown.

Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. To date, the group has won three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist in 2010, sold more than 30 million singles, 9 million albums, has achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and is the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats.

Zac Brown Band has headlined eight North American tours and currently holds the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the iconic Fenway Park. Since their debut, Zac Brown Band has developed a reputation with critics and fans alike as one of the most dynamic live performers, marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.

The addition of Zac Brown Band as the headline act for the Firestone Legends Day Concert builds an even more star-studded lineup of music on Race Weekend for the 103rd Indianapolis 500. Rock legends Foreigner and funk, R&B and pop icons Kool & the Gang are performing at the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, with the electronic music lineup for the Snake Pit presented by Coors Light to be announced soon.

As the Official Tire of Country Music™ and the Official Tire of the Indianapolis 500, Firestone has served as the presenting sponsor of Legends Day since it debuted in 2014. The partnership brings together two platforms – racing and country music – that have played significant roles in the rich history of the time-tested Firestone brand.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Tickets are on sale now at — IMS.com — or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.

Following last month’s announcement of the 47-car entry list for this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona, more than 150 drivers were unveiled in an updated entry list today to participate in this weekend’s annual three-day test session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“The Roar” as it’s become known over the past several years, serves as the kick off to the upcoming season. This year, it takes on added significance, as the IMSA 50th Anniversary Celebration that will take place throughout 2019 gets under way.

In addition, this weekend serves as the public unveiling for Michelin’s new relationship as the “Official Tire of IMSA.” All 47 WeatherTech Championship race cars will be riding on Michelin tires this weekend and throughout the 2019 season, in addition to 40 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge machines – 31 Grand Sport (GS) and nine Touring Car (TCR) – that also will participate in three days of testing.

The 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opens with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Jan. 25, the day before the green flag drops on the Rolex 24 At Daytona. On top of WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge testing, this weekend also features the first IMSA-sanctioned race of the season, with 19 IMSA Prototype Challenge LMP3 race cars – also riding on Michelin tires – ready for a three-hour race on the Daytona International Speedway high banks beginning at 12:15 p.m. ET Saturday.

Among the drivers on the WeatherTech Championship entry list this weekend are 18 with at least one series title under their belt since 2014. Ten of those drivers will participate in the flagship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class, which has been separated into its own class for 2019, with LMP2 becoming its own, Pro-Am class.

Leading the way are two-time Prototype champions Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi (2014, 2015) in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. Along with their co-driver, Filipe Albuquerque, Barbosa and Fittipaldi also are defending Rolex 24 At Daytona champions. Fittipaldi has announced that this year’s Rolex 24 will be his last race as a driver, while Barbosa and Albuquerque will continue on as co-drivers for the entire 2019 WeatherTech Championship season.

Their Action Express Racing teammates in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R – Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran – are the reigning WeatherTech Championship Prototype champions and are returning to action this weekend also with a bit of a twist.

Two-time Prototype champion Curran (2016, 2018) will focus on the four 2019 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races – the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Motul Petit Le Mans – while Pipo Derani, the 2016 Rolex 24 winner and a two-time Sebring winner, joins Nasr full-time in the No. 31 this year.

The star-studded lineup from Acura Team Penske also features a couple of past WeatherTech Championship.  Dane Cameron, who won the 2014 GT Daytona (GTD) class title and shared the 2016 Prototype title with Curran, will co-drive the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 machine with two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and 2016 IndyCar series champion Simon Pagenaud.

In the team’s No. 7 Acura DPi are 2017 Prototype class co-champion Ricky Taylor, along with three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.

Another formidable DPi lineup can be found in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R where 2017 WeatherTech Championship Prototype co-champion Jordan Taylor and 2016 Prototype Challenge (PC) class champion Renger van der Zande will be joined by two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and his FIA World Endurance Championship teammate, Kamui Kobayashi.

Jon Bennett and Colin Braun, who won the 2014 and 2015 WeatherTech Championship PC class titles and narrowly missed winning the 2018 Prototype crown, move into the DPi ranks this year in the No. 54 CORE autosport Nissan DPi. They’ll be joined again by Romain Dumas and Loic Duval, with whom they co-drove to a third-place overall result in last year’s Rolex 24.

More past champions can be found in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, most notably in the Corvette Racing garage. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, who won both the 2017 and 2018 WeatherTech Championship GTLM titles, return to the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R along with their endurance teammate, Mike Rockenfeller. In the team’s No. 4 entry are 2016 GTLM champions Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, who will be joined by Marcel Fassler.

Over at the Porsche GT Team, 2015 GTLM champion Patrick Pilet returns to the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR alongside co-drivers Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki. The same trio won both Sebring and the Motul Petit Le Mans in 2018.

GTLM also includes Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – class winners of the past two Rolex 24s – with 2017 winners Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 66 Ford GT and 2018 winners Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and now five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon in the No. 67.

A former Ganassi driver – Italian Alex Zanardi, who won the 1997 and 1998 Champ Car World Series titles for the team – will be in the cockpit of the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE machine alongside co-drivers Jesse Krohn, John Edwards and Mozzie Mostert. Zanardi is preparing for his first race in North America since losing both legs in a Champ Car crash at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in 2001.

Three past WeatherTech Championship titlists also can be found among the 90 drivers entered in the 23-car GTD class field. Back to defend his 2018 GTD championship is Bryan Sellers in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 alongside new full-time co-driver Ryan Hardwick, who won the 2018 Lamborghini Super Trofeo AM class world championship. Hardwick and Sellers will share the ride with Corey Lewis and Andrea Caldarelli.

Late last week, it was announced that two-time GTD champion Christina Nielsen (2016, 2017) had been added to the all-female No. 57 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 entry, alongside 2018 GTD runner-up Katherine Legge and past Indy 500 drivers Ana Beatriz and Simona De Silvestro.

Nielsen is replacing Jackie Heniricher, who announced plans at the 2018 Motul Petit Le Mans to compete full-time in the 2019 WeatherTech Championship alongside Legge. Heniricher will miss the Rolex 24 due to a back injury.

GTD also sees the return of 2015 class champion Townsend Bell, who returns to full-time WeatherTech Championship competition in 2019 in the No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 with full-season co-driver Frankie Montecalvo. They’ll be joined for the Rolex 24 by Indy Lights standout Aaron Telitz and Jeff Segal, with whom Bell co-drove to victories in the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona and 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Other notables in GTD include 2010 Rolex 24 overall winner Ryan Dalziel in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 with co-drivers Parker Chase, Ezequiel Perez Companc and Chris Haase; defending Rolex 24 GTD winners GRT Grasser Racing Team with co-drivers Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart and Kang Ling in the No. 11 Lamborghini Huracán GT3; and Andy Lally – the active driver with the most Rolex 24 class wins (5) – in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini with John Potter and Spencer Pumpelly.

Another overall Rolex 24 winner AJ Allmendinger (2012) returns in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 alongside Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher and Justin Marks; while 58-time IMSA race-winner Bill Auberlen will share the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 with Robby Foley, Dillon Machavern and Jens Klingmann. Auberlen is second on the all-time IMSA win list trailing Scott Pruett – who drove his final race in last year’s Rolex 24 – by two victories.

On-track testing for WeatherTech Championship machines at the Roar begins at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 5. The DPi, GTLM and LMP2 classes will have a total of seven practice sessions between Jan. 4 and Jan. 6, with five practice sessions set for the GTD class on Jan. 4-5.

As was the case for the first time in 2018, qualifying for garage allocations and pit lane assignments again will take place for all classes in 2019. The 15-minute GTD qualifying session starts Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. ET. GTLM qualifying runs from 11:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, followed by DPi and LMP2 qualifying from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. ET.

In addition to WeatherTech Championship testing, the Roar also includes six test sessions for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge throughout the three days of on-track activity. Also, the IMSA Prototype Challenge opens its 2019 season with a three-hour race beginning at 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 5. The race will be streamed live on IMSA.tv.

All 3 days of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 @ Daytona are open to the public, w/free admission for 2019 Rolex 24 @ Daytona ticket holders. Tickets available now at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 – Mike Hiss, the 1972 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, passed away Dec. 19 in Evansville, Indiana, following a near-30-year battle with cancer-related issues.  He was 77.

The 6-foot, 2-inch Hiss drove in the “500” four times, his highest finish being the seventh he scored in his rookie year in 1972.

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and schooled in Sarasota, Florida, Hiss was bitten by the racing bug as a boy when his father took him to witness the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race. He attended college in Deland, Florida, and began his racing career shortly thereafter, driving a Triumph TR3 in Sports Car Club of America competition at Marlboro, Maryland. During the next half-a-dozen seasons, he competed in Formula A and B, plus Formula 5000 before moving into United States Auto Club National Championship racing in 1972.

Driving an Eagle/Offy for a little, independent team operated by Tom and Mary Page, Hiss placed 10th in his debut in the Phoenix 150 and was seventh in the Trenton 200 before heading to Indianapolis. At the last minute, Andy Granatelli stepped in to sponsor the car, changing its number from 72 to 60 and declaring the car the STP Pylon Windshield Wiper Blade Special.

It was back to the Page Racing No. 72 after that, and after placing sixth in the Pocono 500, Hiss got the break of a lifetime at the expense of another driver.

With Indianapolis 500 winner Mark Donohue sidelined by injuries sustained in a Can-Am accident, team principal Roger Penske needed a driver for the upcoming Ontario 500.

Hiss got the call, and he went on to finish a most impressive second behind Roger McCluskey, thus scoring his best National Championship race finish. From there, he wound up sixth in the final standings and added the USAC National Championship Rookie of the Year honors to his resume.

Just to underline his versatility, he finished the 1972 season in the final Can-Am race of the year at Riverside and finished seventh.

Hiss placed in the top 10 a half-a-dozen times for Fred Gerhardt’s team in 1973, topped by a pair of third-place finishes, but then found himself “looking for a ride” for 1974.

Donohue had recently retired as a driver (this would last about six months), and Team Penske was about to announce Donohue’s successor as Peter Revson after four seasons with Team McLaren. By this time, Penske was in the developing stages of entering the Formula One arena and since this would not come until near the end of the season, Revson was cleared to drive in F1 in the meantime for the Don Nichols UOP Shadow team.

But tragedy was right around the corner. Revson never had a single start for Shadow, crashing fatally during a private test session in South Africa.

The Penske press announcements concerning the hiring of Revson were already to go when the accident occurred.

Penske needed a driver, and once again, Hiss got the call.

Hiss qualified for the outside of the front row of the 1974 Indianapolis 500, next to A.J. Foyt and Wally Dallenbach, and he later reminisced about his surreal experiences on race morning. Staying at the old Speedway Motel, he and his wife, Arlene, joined the line to the dining room for breakfast and was soon invited by a thoughtful staff member to nip into the kitchen for some privacy. After they had finished eating in there, they then proceeded to walk through the tunnel and across the infield to the Garage Area, Mike marveling that while completely unrecognized by the masses for the time being, he would shortly be starting from the front row as one of the 33 drivers the fans had come to see.

Hiss’ 1974 “500” for Penske was not quite as spectacular as the 1972 Ontario race, but he was still around at the finish. He ran fifth at the time of his first pit stop but later lost quite a bit of time when the magneto failed, necessitating a “tow-in.” The magneto was changed, and Hiss was flagged off in 14th place at the finish, many laps in arrears.

Hiss had two other starts for Penske that summer, both at the Michigan International Speedway where he finished seventh in the July 200-miler and fourth in the 250-mile race in September.

His fourth and final “500” took place in 1975 when he was eliminated by a single-car accident after only 39 laps, and in 1976, he was unable to qualify at all with a Lindsey Hopkins entry.

But there was to be one more chapter to his Indianapolis career.

Mario Andretti finished third in the 1977 Formula One World Championship for Team Lotus and was already on his way to ultimately winning the 1978 title.

In those days of much more freedom for the drivers in their careers, Andretti was competing in USAC Championship events for Penske whenever there was no scheduling conflict with F1.

The plan was to compete in the Monaco Grand Prix on May 7, qualify for the “500” the following weekend and then head to Spa-Franchorchamps for the May 21 Belgian Grand Prix before returning to Indianapolis.

Unfortunately, the weather at Indianapolis did not cooperate in the slightest.

Saturday was a total washout, and so was Sunday.

Faced with the excruciating possibility of jetting back and forth across the Atlantic multiple times with little or no rest, United States Auto Club officials agreed to having another driver qualify in Andretti’s absence with understanding that Mario would start the race in the 33rd and final position.

The “other driver,” taking the call from Roger Penske, was Hiss, who had decided to remain in sunny California.

So back he came again, his role this time to simply work the car up to speed and get it safely “in the “show.”

He did, and in as much as he never raced again, it turns out that his final laps in a race car were the four qualifying laps he did for Andretti.

That accomplished, he assumed he would head back to California.

But not so fast!

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network was looking for a driver expert since veteran Freddie Agabashian would not be returning, and Hiss accepted the last-minute invitation.

Just over two years earlier, in March 1976, Hiss had been a key factor in a moment of history. A driver was testing at the Phoenix International Raceway in an Eagle/Offy in which the partners included driver Lloyd Ruby and chief mechanic Mike Devin. Hiss was serving in the role of “coach,” and the driver was none other than his soon-to-be ex-wife, Arlene.

Arlene began turning some very respectable laps speeds. 

She qualified for the 150-mile 1976 season-opener at Phoenix in the 24th and final starting position and was still around at the finish in 14th place.

It was Arlene’s only start in a Championship car, but she did set a record which can never be broken. She was the very first female ever to start in a Championship race.

After retirement, Hiss worked for Penske for a while in association with Detroit Diesel Allison and was headquartered in Houston. An ATP-rated pilot, Hiss flew both Cessna Citation and Lear jet aircraft.

He visited IMS from time to time with his family and attended three of the United States Grand Prix F1 events on the road course as well as a Brickyard 400 and the occasional Indianapolis 500.

In 2011, he was one of a large number of drivers on hand to celebrate the 100th Running of the first “500” and, in addition to signing a large number of autographs, he was one of the 161 drivers who appeared in the huge panoramic photo taken the morning before the race in Pagoda Plaza area. There he was able to meet Tony Kanaan, who had become his hero.

Hiss is survived by Connie, his wife of 42 years, son, Brian and his wife, Getter; daughter, Jennie and her husband, Mike Freisem, plus two grandsons, Landon Anderson and Levi Freisem.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Hiss’ memory may do so at Crossroads Christian Church, 10800 Lincoln Ave., Newburgh, IN 47630.

Dick Jordan (2nd from left) is joined by Indiana Memorial Racing Association’s Brian Hasler (far left) and Mark Eutsler (middle), plus United States Auto Club champions Tony Stewart (2nd from right) and Dave Darland (far right). John Mahoney Photo

Brownsburg, Indiana — December 29, 2018

Dick Jordan, who recently celebrated his 50th year as an employee of the United States Auto Club, was honored with his induction into the Circle of Corydon recently in Brownsburg, Indiana.

The Circle of Corydon Award is for Hoosiers who have made remarkable contributions to the betterment of Indiana and its people, demonstrating through life and service qualities exemplified by the state’s greatest citizens.

Jordan’s tireless work in the United States Auto Club News Bureau for five decades has also netted him honors as an inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the National Midget Hall of Fame among others.

One of the most respected people in all racing media, Jordan was also honored for his contributions to the series at United States Auto Club’s Night of Champions with the announcement of an award named after him. 

Jordan was also the recipient of the 2018 Jim Chapman Award for excellence in motorsports public relations in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Chapman Award is considered by many in the industry as the highest honor in racing public relations. It is named in memory of Chapman, the legendary PR executive and innovator, who worked with Babe Ruth and was named Indy Car racing’s “most influential man” of the 1980s. Chapman died in 1996 at age 80.

 

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018) – INDYCAR and BorgWarner Inc. have reached an agreement that will see the Michigan-based company continue as the official turbocharger supplier for the IndyCar Series through the 2020 season.

It continues a relationship that has seen the BorgWarner name become synonymous with Indy car racing for more than eight decades since the Borg-Warner Trophy featuring the sterling silver sculpted likeness of every Indianapolis 500 winner was commissioned. BorgWarner has been the turbocharger supplier to INDYCAR since 2012, currently providing the Engineered for Racing (EFR) twin turbochargers used on every IndyCar Series car.

“BorgWarner is honored to continue its partnership with INDYCAR and the IndyCar Series, America’s premier open-wheel racing series,” said Scott Gallett, vice president of marketing, public relations, government affairs and internal communications, BorgWarner Inc. “Our EFR turbochargers are the perfect match for INDYCAR, with their advanced engineering, low weight and proven durability, they truly are engineered for racing.”

Since partnering with INDYCAR in 2012, BorgWarner turbochargers have accumulated more than 1.25 million trouble-free miles on the IndyCar Series’ demanding array of racetracks that include temporary street circuits, permanent road courses, short ovals and superspeedways. Assembled in Asheville, North Carolina, the EFR turbos provide an unprecedented combination of advanced technologies, including:

    • Low-weight Gamma-TiAI (titanium aluminide) turbine wheels and shaft assemblies for quick boost response;

    • Patent-pending dual-row ceramic ball bearing cartridges for more thrust capacity, durability and turbine efficiency at low expansion ratios;

    • Investment-cast stainless-steel turbine housing for increased efficiency, improved durability and corrosion resistance.

BorgWarner’s history with Indy car racing dates to 1935 when the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy was commissioned for creation to honor the winners of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” It debuted at the 1936 Indy 500 and includes the likeness of every winner of the race, including Will Power, who won the 102nd running in May. Originally commissioned for $10,000, the trophy is valued at $3.5 million today.

“BorgWarner has a storied history with Indy car racing and we’re pleased to see it return as the official turbocharger supplier to the IndyCar Series for the next two years,” said Darren Sansum, INDYCAR managing director of engine development. “BorgWarner has delivered a consistent and reliable product to our teams since it became a partner in 2012, which we expect to continue and be an integral part of the competitive racing that INDYCAR has become known for.”

The 2019 IndyCar Series season features 17 races beginning with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10 and concluding with the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey on Sept. 22. The centerpiece of the schedule is the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Dec. 17, 2018) – Jay Frye will become President of INDYCAR as part of Hulman & Company organizational changes announced today by Mark Miles, President and CEO of the parent company.

Frye, who has led INDYCAR’s Competition and Operations departments since November 2015, will add Marketing and Communications to his responsibilities, effective Jan. 1. Miles will continue as CEO of INDYCAR.

Frye joined Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in 2013 as Chief Revenue Officer, leading the combined team of INDYCAR and IMS in sponsorship sales, licensing and account services. In 2014, the team secured a title sponsorship agreement with Verizon as well as the addition and expansion of several other corporate partners, including TAG Heuer and Panasonic.

Mark Sibla, INDYCAR Chief of Staff, Competition and Operations, will similarly expand his role with the Indianapolis-based sanctioning body, becoming Chief of Staff of all INDYCAR departments.

The reorganization is a result of C.J. O’Donnell’s resignation at year’s end. O’Donnell has been Chief Marketing Officer at INDYCAR and IMS since November 2013.

Curt Cavin, INDYCAR Vice President, Communications, and a new role to be filled of INDYCAR Vice President, Marketing, will report to Frye.

Additional organizational changes have been made at IMS, including:

   • Jarrod Krisiloff will have his responsibilities expanded at IMS, becoming Vice President, Facilities and Events. He has been Executive Director, Events, for the past two years.
   • Dan Skiver will become Director, Operations, and responsible for the many functions related to IMS events. Pat Garlock will be promoted to Assistant Manager, Facilities and Events.
   • Alex Damron will be promoted to Senior Director, Communications, for IMS and Hulman & Company, and corporate communications will be added to his responsibilities.  

IndyCar Image by Joe Skibinski

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 14, 2018) – With the holiday season now upon us, Andretti Autosport partners Butterball and DHL have teamed up with 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and his team to once again give back to the Indianapolis community. This has been an annual tradition since 2014.

Butterball, who accounts for 20% of the nation’s total turkey production, along with Andretti Autosport, gathered Tuesday at Midwest Food Bank to distribute and deliver nearly 750 Butterball whole turkeys & 1,000 boxes of Kroger stuffing to various missions that the Midwest Food Bank serves.

With the help of DHL, which volunteered its couriers and vans for the pickup and delivery of the turkeys, Hunter-Reay and Butterball Turkey CEO Kerry Doughty distributed the donations to Wheeler Mission, St. Vincent de Paul, Westminster Neighborhood Services and Mary Rigg Community Center – all food pantries across the Greater Indianapolis-area – to help feed more than 4,500 people this Thanksgiving.

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IndyCar Image by Joe Skibinski

“This initiative started in 2014 with 500 turkeys in honor of our Indianapolis 500 win, and we’re really proud to work with Butterball each year to continue the giving – and to now be giving nearly 750 Butterball whole turkeys to central Indiana,” said Hunter-Reay. “It’s great to see our Andretti Autosport partners coming together to give back to this community that gives so much to us. I’m happy to be here giving back and to be a part of everything that both Butterball and DHL stand for.”

“At Butterball, we share Ryan Hunter-Reay’s and Andretti Autosport’s desire to give back to those in need, especially in the communities we call home,” said Kerry Doughty, CEO, Butterball. “As a native Hoosier, this is an event I look forward to every year, because this community means so much to me. I hope this turkey will put a smile on the faces of those who need it most.”

“We are fortunate to have such wonderful community partners like our DHL-sponsored Andretti Autosport team and to collaborate on initiatives that bring support where it is needed most,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO, DHL Express U.S. “This time of year, especially, DHL works to deliver happiness to those who need a little help to enjoy the holidays. We are thankful to the many wonderful communities we serve, and this is one way we can show our appreciation.” 

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