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96th Indianapolis 500 Notebook: Parnelli to Celebrate 150mph Pole

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 4, 2012 – Parnelli Jones will celebrate the 50th anniversary of breaking the 150-mph barrier in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 by driving the No. 98 Agajanian Willard Battery Watson-Offy roadster on Pole Day, Saturday, May 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Jones is scheduled to turn laps in the famous car, nicknamed “Calhoun,” at approximately 4 p.m. Jones won the pole for the 1962 Indianapolis 500 in the car with a four-lap average speed of 150.370 mph. The IMS Hall of Fame Museum now owns the car.

It’s the second consecutive year Jones will drive a historical car at IMS. Last May he drove the Marmon “Wasp,” which Ray Harroun guided to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

“Last May it was an honor to drive the Marmon ‘Wasp’ around Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the Centennial Celebration – not for just one lap but for three laps,” Jones said. “This year to drive in ‘Calhoun,’ the car that was such an important part of my Indianapolis career, it will be like getting together with an old pal. We’ve seen lots of good and bad times together.

“It will be fun to drive around the Speedway again. That’s always fun, especially in a car that means so much to me. We’ve been through it all! What if I want to stay out on the track and keep driving? Who’s going to make me pull in?”

General admission on Pole Day is $15, with children 12 and under admitted free.

Colts-Foyt golf event May 22 to benefit charity: Headlined by a special appearance by legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, the Indianapolis Colts “Foyt Family Wines” Inaugural Golf Classic Presented by BullWear will tee off for charity Tuesday, May 22 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Healing Place, Inc., a non-profit organization formed to reach the homeless, offer recovery for the addicted and help restore productive lives. Founded as a homeless shelter in 1989, The Healing Place has become one of the nation’s most effective, long-term social model recovery programs. For more information, visit:
Foyt Family Wines owners Larry Foyt and A.J. Foyt IV will serve as hosts for the event that will feature appearances by several IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and celebrity guests.
Limited registration for public players is available at Onsite registration for this exclusive golf scramble begins at 7 a.m., with the shotgun start at 8 a.m. A foursome for the outing is $1,300, which includes greens fees and four tickets to the Foyt Family Wines “Wine Down” reception immediately following the scramble. All of the proceeds from the event’s silent auction will be donated to The Healing Place.
The “Foyt Family Wines” Golf Classic is sponsored by Foyt Family Wines, the Indianapolis Colts, BullWear, Fresh Marketing, Meadowcroft Wines, Brickyard Crossing, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka, The Healing Place, The J Wagner Group, Huddles Frozen Yogurt, Deuce Brand, Anheuser-Busch and Zink Distributing.
    Museum hours extended during May: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum will feature extended hours during the 96th Indianapolis 500.
    The Museum will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 12 through Friday, May 18 and Monday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 23. Hours will be 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, Sunday, May 20, Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25. Fans can visit the Museum from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, May 27.
    Museum admission is $5 for adults and $3 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 6 free. Gate admission to the Indianapolis 500 is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.
    The IMS Hall of Fame Museum, located inside the IMS oval between Turns 1 and 2, is recognized as one of the most highly visible, prestigious museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing.
    Clauson to thank Noblesville May 6: Indianapolis 500 rookie Bryan Clauson will thank the people of Noblesville, Ind., where he resides, during a Community Appreciation Day from 2-6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 6.
    Two-time reigning USAC National Drivers Champion Clauson will attempt to make his first start in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in a car fielded by Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
    Festivities Sunday will take place at the Moose Lodge at 950 Field Drive in Noblesville. Two-time USAC National Midget Series champion Clauson will sign autographs for fans from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and a Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing IZOD IndyCar Series car will be on display. Other activities include a car show, food, games and entertainment.
2012 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at, 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 2012 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.


Media Contact:    J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6412 or (317) 750-9277,
Tom Surber, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6594,

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