Centennial Era Gala Video Series To Debut April 13 On IMS Site

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Share |

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has etched a remarkable number of significant dates into racing history for the last 100 years. The most recent addition to that list was Feb. 27, 2009, the date of the Centennial Era Gala.

There was magic in the air that night at the Indiana Convention Center as the Speedway began its Centennial Era celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the track in 1909 and the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Nineteen Indianapolis 500 winners attended the elegant affair, as well as 1997 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Ricky Rudd and many other Indy legends.

"I really enjoy the tradition associated with the Speedway, and this is a wonderful celebration of it," said Janet Guthrie, the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500.

Fans can share the wonderful memories of that night in a series of Centennial Era Gala videos that will appear at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com starting Monday, April 13. A new video will appear every weekday from Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 30.

Interview subjects will include the four-time Indianapolis 500 winners A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears, other legendary Indy winners Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, Parnelli Jones, Arie Luyendyk, Bobby Rahal, Johnny Rutherford, Tom Sneva, Al Unser Jr. and Bobby Unser, recent "500" winners Kenny Brack, Eddie Cheever Jr., Scott Dixon, Gil de Ferran, Dario Franchitti and Buddy Lazier, and Indy fan favorites Tom Carnegie and Guthrie.

All of the videos and photos will be archived for easy access by fans. Interactive community features also will allow fans to comment on video and images, and also post the videos on their blogs and Web sites.

IMS also will post selected videos on its MySpace and Facebook pages, with links to the complete package on www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.


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 Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and 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.