May 03, 2013 | By Tom Surbuer
Old National To Sponsor Armed Forces Bump Day At IMS
Old National Bank has been named the title partner of the annual Armed Forces Bump Day on Sunday, May 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 97th Indianapolis 500, Old National and IMS officials announced May 3.
Old National Armed Forces Bump Day is the final day of qualifying for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” All active members of the military in uniform or who show military identification at the gate will be admitted free.
Gates open at 7:30 a.m., with practice from 9-10 a.m. and qualifying from noon-6 p.m.
The partnership between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Old National brings together two longstanding Indiana-based companies.
“We look forward to joining with Old National in saluting the dedication and sacrifice of our nation’s armed forces and hope the military members enjoy a fun day at the track,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. “We are grateful to Old National for this partnership and for their support of this special day.”
Headquartered in Evansville, Ind., Old National Bancorp is the largest financial services bank holding company headquartered in Indiana, boasting a 178-year history. Old National is a top-100 insurance broker and the 10th largest bank-affiliated insurance brokerage in the U.S.
“As Indiana’s largest community bank, Old National is honored to partner with the icon of Indiana sports to salute our veterans and all the brave men and women who are actively serving in the United States military,” said Bob Jones, Old National Bank president and chief executive officer. “We hope many of them and their families will join us at the Speedway for this special day of fun and festivities.”
Fans can get a free, souvenir-sized American flag at Old National kiosks located around the IMS Pagoda Plaza, while supplies last, to salute America’s military heroes. Old National also will offer discounts on admission tickets for Old National Armed Forces Bump Day to customers at its Indianapolis-area bank locations through Friday, May 17.
An extraordinary collection of military vehicles and equipment will be on display around the IMS Pagoda Plaza during Old National Armed Forces Bump Day. The exhibit will include an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, an M117 Armed Security Vehicle, an MTVR troop carrier and large cargo truck, an M1117 Armed Security Vehicle, an M1200 Armored Knight, an M966 TOW Weapon Carrier High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (or Humvee) and an M113 Humvee.
Special activities during Old National Armed Forces Bump Day will include an Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony for new members entering all branches of the U.S. military at 11:10 a.m. at the base of the Pagoda on the Yard of Bricks.
Wish For Our Heroes, a national, non-profit organization based in Noblesville, Ind., that provides tickets to active United States military or veterans for Indianapolis Motor Speedway events, will offer fans the opportunity to participate in the Hero Zone during Old National Armed Forces Bump Day. Hero Zone military training exercises include a tire jump, a culvert crawl, a simulated grenade throw, a low crawl and the opportunity for fans to experience physical training in military gear.
Admission for non-military members on Old National Armed Forces Day at IMS is $15, with children 12 and under free.
2013 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 26 at IMS.
Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.ims.com/tickets, 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 be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2013 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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