News & Multimedia

Legendary '500' Winner Andretti to be Honored May 24 at IMS

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor racing icon Mario Andretti in celebration of the 45th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 victory during “Legends Day Honoring Mario Andretti presented by Firestone” on Saturday, May 24.

Andretti, the 1965 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, will participate in a question-and-answer session with fans May 24 on the IMS Pagoda Plaza Stage. Andretti will also sign autographs for fans. 

“I am so honored to be part of Legends Day this year, at a place I truly love, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Andretti, who drove the STP Oil Treatment Hawk III/Ford to victory from the second-place starting position in the 53rd Indianapolis 500.

“I just can’t explain how it feels to be treated so well by the people in Indianapolis even long after retiring from the sport. They certainly love tradition. And I’m proud to have had a part in the Speedway tradition for as long as I have and feel spoiled that the fans treat me and the other drivers like kings. I just can’t thank them enough. I’m looking forward to May and to being part of Legends Day.”

Andretti is renowned as one the most versatile racers of all time and was named “Driver of the Century” by the Associated Press in 2000. He won everything from the Pikes Peak Hill Climb to the Daytona 500 to the Formula 1 World Championship.

Andretti won the pole at Indianapolis in 1966, 1967 and 1987, and finished as the runner-up in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1981 and 1985. He finished in the top 10 11 times in 29 “500” starts, and led 556 laps, which is still third among all-time lap leaders.

“The name Mario Andretti is synonymous with speed and winning worldwide, and his accomplishments span every discipline of motorsport and every continent around the globe,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “But nowhere is Mario Andretti more revered or his racing talent more celebrated than at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His legendary career includes three poles and one victory in the Indianapolis 500 and history will remember him as one of the greatest to ever compete in the 500. Maybe most importantly, in true champion style, Mario Andretti continues as one of racing’s greatest ambassadors and we are all looking forward to thanking and honoring him during Legends Day.”

Other featured events on Legends Day include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers, and a huge Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.

Admission to IMS on “Legends Day Honoring Mario Andretti presented by Firestone” will be $10 for adults, with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

The 98th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 25.


2014 ticket information: Ticket information is available for the four events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 98th Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans can order tickets at, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the IMS 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 through Friday.

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

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Legendary '500' Winner Andretti to be Honored May 24 at IMS
Legendary '500' Winner Andretti to be Honored May 24 at IMS
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor racing icon Mario Andretti in celebration of the 45th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 victory during “Legends Day Honoring Mario Andretti” on Saturday, May 24.
Read More
Related Media
Gasoline Alley
Month of May Bronze Badges Now On Sale
One of the most treasured pieces of racing memorabilia and among the greatest entertainment values in sports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Month of May Bronze Badges are on sale now just in time for the holiday season. Visit for purchasing information.
Read More
Miller Lite Carb day
Legendary Band Journey to Rock Miller Lite Carb Day over Historic 100th Running Indianapolis 500 Weekend
The historic 2016 Indianapolis 500 weekend, culminating with the 100th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, will kick off on Friday, May 27, with the legendary rock band Journey on Miller Lite Carb Day.
Read More
Hulman Terrace Club
New Hulman Terrace Club Offers Premium Seating for IMS Events
The Hulman Terrace Club, located on the outside of the front straightaway of the famed 2.5-mile oval past the exit of Turn 4, will feature more than 1,000 seats plus ADA-accessible seating for fans seeking a club option similar to what is offered at many other major U.S. stadiums. It’s the first new seating option at IMS in more than a decade and a key piece of the ongoing Project 100 initiative. Pre-sale registration is available here with tickets officially going on sale Dec. 1.
Read More
Stanley Cup and Borg-Warner Trophy
Borg-Warner Trophy and Stanley Cup Meet at Yard of Bricks
Two of the most iconic symbols of victory in sports - the Borg-Warner Trophy and the Stanley Cup - appeared together Thursday night for a photo session on the world famous Yard of Bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Stanley Cup appeared at IMS courtesy of the Indy Fuel, the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Read More
Tony Hulman and Wilbur Shaw
How Tony Hulman and Wilbur Shaw Rejuvenated IMS, 70 Years Ago
During the World War II years, the Shelbyville, Indiana-born three-time winner of the Indianapolis “500” had temporarily relocated to Akron, Ohio, for the purpose of heading up Firestone Tire and Rubber Company’s new aircraft division. He, along with all of the other race drivers, looked forward to the time when the war would end so that they could return to their first love: driving in the “500.”
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,037
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
Latest Tweets
Check out what @VicVegas777 will be cooking for @RevIndyEvent guests in @Hinchtown honor.
about 21 minutes ago