News & Multimedia

Call It "A Race Fan's Dream."

Devoted early-arriving fans for last year's Indianapolis 500 were treated to an unbelievable opportunity on the day before the race with what was described as "The World's Largest Autograph Session." Over a four-hour period between noon-4 p.m., somewhere in the region of 100 very unique individuals sat – in shifts – behind tables and signed autographs for fans, every one of those individuals being able to make the most exclusive of claims, "I drove in the Indianapolis 500."

Earlier in the day, another cherished "first" had taken place in the form of a long-planned photograph which would record the largest gathering of Indianapolis 500 drivers EVER. Out of a total of 268 who were living at the time – plus the five new rookies who would be making their "500" debuts the following day – there were 161 individuals lined up in that shot, all of whom shared a common bond only they could fully appreciate.

Because of the overwhelming response, not only from grateful fans, but also from the drivers, many of whom had not been in attendance in many years, the autograph session is being offered again this coming May. It will take place in the Plaza area behind the Pagoda from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 during “Legends Day Honoring Roger Penske.”

In rapid response to the letter informing the drivers that the session was indeed going to be held once again, 12-time Indianapolis 500 veteran Johnny Parsons was the first to notify track officials, "Yes, I will be there." An enthusiastic note from Bill Simpson was right behind JP's, with Herm Johnson, Spike Gehlhausen, Jeff Andretti and Willy T. Ribbs in hot pursuit.

Others who were quick to add their names to the steadily growing list include such colorful past performers as Bill Vukovich II, Bob Harkey, Tom Bigelow, Derek Daly, Mel Kenyon, Steve Chassey, Bill Puterbaugh, Bill Whittington, Denny Zimmerman, Jerry Sneva, Didier Theys, Greg Leffler, Sam Schmidt, Phil Krueger, Jack Miller, Lee Kunzman, Stephan Gregoire, Johnny Unser, Max Papis, Cory Witherill and John Hollansworth Jr.

Many more are anticipated during the coming weeks.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Call It "A Race Fan's Dream."
 
Call It "A Race Fan's Dream."
Devoted early-arriving fans for last year's Indianapolis 500 were treated to an unbelievable opportunity on the day before the race with what was described as "The World's Largest Autograph Session." Over a four-hour period between noon-4 p.m., somewhere in the region of 100 very unique individuals sat – in shifts – behind tables and signed autographs for fans, every one of those individuals being able to make the most exclusive of claims, "I drove in the Indianapolis 500."
Read More
Related Media
James Hinchcliffe
 
IndyCar Media Day Features Offseason Tales, Preseason Optimism
Helio Castroneves insists he’s getting younger. Will Power is taking more selfies now that he’s a father. Conor Daly is still rooming with James Hinchcliffe. And Oriol Servia is working out in the same Gold’s Gym as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Read More
Firestone
 
IndyCar Announces Multiyear Contract Extension with Firestone
INDYCAR announced a multiyear contract extension today with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO), continuing its longtime partnership with Firestone as the official tire supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The announcement extends the tire brand’s involvement in open-wheel racing that dates to Ray Harroun’s Firestone-equipped Marmon Wasp winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
Read More
Rev Indy
 
Newgarden Named Honorary Chair for 2017 Rev presented by Fifth Third Bank
Methodist Health Foundation announces Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden as the Rev 2017 honorary chair, for the fourth annual event taking place May 6 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
A.J. Foyt Racing
 
AJ Foyt Racing Partners with Chevrolet for 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Season
It is a reunion for team owner A.J. Foyt, whose last race as an Indy car driver came with Chevy power at the 1992 Indianapolis 500 and whose Verizon IndyCar Series team ran Chevrolet engines as recently as 2005 with grandson A.J. Foyt IV at the wheel.
Read More
Spencer Pigot
 
Pigot Joins Ed Carpenter Racing Lineup for 2017 Road and Street Courses
Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion and winner of more Mazda Road to Indy developmental series races than anyone (24), competed in 10 Verizon IndyCar Series races last season, split between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing. He drove in the season’s final seven road/street races for ECR, posting best finishes of seventh at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ninth at Road America.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,269
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
RT @RadioNOW1009: Tomorrow | 8:30a Win the first pair of tix to @Indy500SnakePit ??????We start announcing the line up at 6am with @JoeAndAlex…
about 7 hours ago