Fans Can Celebrate IndyCar Series Opener April 5 At Brickyard Crossing

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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IndyCar Series fans are welcome to celebrate the start of the 2009 season at a Season Opener Viewing Party on Sunday, April 5 at the Brickyard Crossing Pavilion on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised on large-screen televisions during the party, which starts at 12:30 p.m. The race telecast starts at 2 p.m.

Admission is $14.95 per person (cash only) at the door of the Pavilion, which is adjacent to the Pro Shop at Brickyard Crossing. Free parking is available.

Included with admission is a Brickyard Buffet featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, cookies and one non-alcoholic beverage. A cash bar will be available, featuring soda and water for $1, beer and wine for $3 and mixed drinks for $5.

A variety of giveaways also will be conducted, including a drawing for four tickets to the 2009 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24. A silent auction featuring racing-related collectibles also will take place, with proceeds benefiting Brian's Wish, a charity that raises awareness and funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research in memory of avid IndyCar Series fan Brian Hall.

Seating is limited to 360 people, with reservations taken on a first-come, first-serve basis until March 30. To make reservations, call (317) 492-2022 or 492-2024 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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2009 IMS tickets: Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. Beginning in 2009, the Speedway celebrates its Centennial Era, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the facility in 2009 and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011.

Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the 93rd Indianapolis 500, 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and second Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.

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