News & Multimedia

Greenfield wins 'Back Home Again in Indiana' contest

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – Greenfield, Ind., has been declared the winner of the 2012 Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s “Back Home Again in Indiana” Community Outreach Program, a statewide contest in which Hoosier communities celebrated the unmatched history and traditions of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Greenfield prevailed against nine other Indiana finalist cities and towns and was awarded $20,000 from IMS for community improvements during a ceremony May 23 at the Speedway. Greenfield also will be recognized on a special trophy commemorating the event.

Greenfield will use its winnings to fund two scholarship programs for local youth interested in automobiles and motorsports. One scholarship will be presented to the Greenfield High School Super Mileage Club, which designs and builds fuel-efficient vehicles. The second scholarship will assist underprivileged Hancock Country youths enrolled in a driving and racing program directed by seven-time Indianapolis 500 driver and Greenfield native Mark Dismore.

Bloomfield finished second in the contest, with New Haven placing third. Each community will receive $2,500 from IMS.

The contest encouraged communities across Indiana to celebrate “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by hosting parades and gatherings, and decorating town squares and main streets in an Indianapolis 500 theme selected by residents of the respective communities. Twenty-four communities took up the challenge, with 10 finalists determined earlier this month.

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

Other participating communities: Amo, Bethany, Brownstown, Connersville, Elwood, Fishers, Flower, Frankfort, Milan, Rensselaer, Speedway, Stilesville, Sunman and Waterloo.

The “Back Home in Indiana” program was 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. Started by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman after World War II, the “Back Home Again” program was re-established last year in celebration of the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500.

The 96th Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (ET) Sunday, May 27.
                                                          

                                                                         ***
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 be 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.

                                                         …I5002012-035…

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
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Greenfield wins 'Back Home Again in Indiana' contest
 
Greenfield wins 'Back Home Again in Indiana' contest
Read More
Related Media
Borg-Warner Trophy
 
For a '500' Answer, Start In The First Two Rows
Who will win the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500? With “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” just one day away, it’s the question Verizon IndyCar Series fans are asking--and the answer might be contained within the first two rows.
Read More
Patrick Dempsey
 
Actor Patrick Dempsey To Serve as Honorary Starter for 99th Indianapolis 500
Renowned actor, passionate racer and TAG Heuer Ambassador Patrick Dempsey will wave the green flag as honorary starter of the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 24.
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Can Anyone Break Away on Sunday? Previewing the '500'
Scott Dixon doesn’t envision one car running away from 32 others in Sunday’s 99th Indianapolis 500, but Ryan Hunter-Reay insists it’s possible.
Read More
Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
 
IMS Partners with Snapchat for 99th Indianapolis 500 'Live Story'
Snapchat, the ephemeral storytelling platform embraced by millions of users on mobile devices, is partnering with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to create a Live Story for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Read More
Sage Karam
 
New Biotelemetry Technology Will Get "Inside" Drivers During '500' Telecast
ABC’s telecast of Sunday’s 99th Indianapolis 500 will introduce the use of biotelemetry, a high-tech sensing system that will, in real time, give viewers the heart and respiration rate as well as calorie burn rate of two drivers competing in the race.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,934
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Rest well race fans! We have a big day planned for you tomorrow. Arrive EARLY to avoid traffic! #Indy500
about 4 hours ago