Celebrate IMS' 100th Birthday With Special Photo March 20 At Museum

Friday, March 20, 2009

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IMS Hall of Fame Museum

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will enter its second century of business Friday, March 20, 2009 - the 100th anniversary of the signing of the company's articles of incorporation by its four founding fathers.

To commemorate this special moment in the history of motorsports and central Indiana, the IMS Hall of Fame Museum is offering fans extended hours with free admission and a unique photo opportunity.

The Museum will stay open until 6:30 p.m., 90 minutes later than normal, and will offer free admission and commemorative photos from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for this once-in-a-century event.

Fans can have their photo taken with the "Four Founders" - four actors dressed in period clothing representing Carl G. Fisher, James A. Allison, Arthur C. Newby and Frank Wheeler. The 5-inch by 7-inch photographs, only $5 each, will be a collector's item as they will be framed in a border stamped with the Centennial Era logo, a "Happy Birthday" note and the date.

The foursome will pose with fans in front of the museum's 1909 Buick Model 16B, which is believed to have carried Louis Chevrolet to victory in a 10-mile dash on the historic first day of auto racing at IMS, Aug. 19, 1909.

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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.