May 14, 2012  |   By  

2012 'Back Home Again in Indiana' Finalists Announced

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 14, 2012 – Only 10 communities remain in the highly competitive 2012 Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Back Home Again in Indiana” Community Outreach Program, which began with a list of 24 Hoosier towns entered in the statewide competition for bragging rights and top prizes from IMS.

The 10 finalists: Albion, Angola, Batesville, Bloomfield, Brownsburg, Greenfield, Greensburg, Lake Station, New Haven and Veedersburg.

Participating communities in the program are celebrating the Month of May in many ways, including holding parades and decorating main streets, city centers and town squares in an Indianapolis 500 theme selected by residents.

The winning community, as determined by an independent judging panel, will be awarded $20,000 from IMS for community improvements and will be recognized on a special trophy commemorating the event. Second and third-place communities each will receive $2,500.

The “Back Home Again in Indiana” program continues and honors a statewide outreach initiative started by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman shortly after World War II. It was re-established last year as part of the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500.

Brownstown won the contest last year and received a $25,000 grant to be used on a local project. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Belskus made the grant presentation in Brownstown during a celebration featuring the Borg-Warner Trophy presented each year to the winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

The “Back Home in Indiana” program is open to all cities and towns in Indiana, with each participating community receiving benefits from IMS, including prizes awarded for the betterment of the community and tickets to many of the activities surrounding the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

For more information on the 2012 IMS “Back Home Again In Indiana” program, visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/backhomeagaininindiana.
The 96th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for noon (ET) Sunday, May 27.
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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 www.imstix.com, 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 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.
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Media Contact:    J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6412 or (317) 750-9277, dboles@brickyard.com
Tom Surber, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6594, tsurber@brickyard.com
Media Website:        media.indianapolismotorspeedway.com