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100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 To Be Honored On 2011 U.S. Stamp

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The 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 will be honored on a United States Postal Service commemorative stamp that will go on sale in May 2011.

The Indianapolis 500 is one of 25 subjects highlighted in the USPS 2011 Commemorative Stamp Program, which was unveiled Dec. 28. The stamp will be a “Forever Stamp,” always equal in value to the current First Class Mail 1-ounce letter regardless of price changes in the future.

Award-winning illustrator John Mattos created the stylized, art deco illustration of Ray Harroun driving the Marmon “Wasp,” winner of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911, on the Indianapolis 500 Forever Stamp. Text along the bottom of the stamp reads “Indianapolis 500,” with small type along the bottom of the stamp opposite the year 2011 reads “100 YEARS OF RACING.”

“It’s a great honor for the Indianapolis 500 to be featured on a United States Postal Service stamp,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “The stamp recognizes the “500” as a vital part of American culture and is a wonderful addition to our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the race in 2011.”

The USPS receives thousands of suggestions annually to honor various subjects on postage stamps, with the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee recommending 20 to 25 subjects for final approval by the Postmaster General. Stamp subjects must stand the test of time, reflect the cultural diversity of the United States and have broad national appeal.

This is the second time the Marmon “Wasp” has been featured on a U.S. postage stamp. The car also was highlighted as a 17.5-cent stamp in the Transportation series in 1987.

The 2011 Indianapolis 500, “The Most Important Race in History,” is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

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2011 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, “The Most Important Race in History,” on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $20. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2011 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

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