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Andretti Named Head Judge For 2013 Celebration of Automobiles

1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti will serve as the honorary head judge for the third annual Celebration of Automobiles on Saturday, May 11 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As part of his role at the event, Andretti will determine which classic/vintage car will win the prestigious Driver’s Choice Award.

The Celebration of Automobiles, scheduled for May 9-11 at IMS, pays tribute to the rich heritage of automobile development at IMS for more than 100 years.

A highlight of the event is the Vintage and Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 11, featuring 200 of the most beautiful and rare cars from 1910-70. European marques and Brass Era cars will be featured, with new additions to the show including classes for open-wheel race cars from 1910-70, Indy 500 pace cars and unrestored cars.

“The Celebration of Automobiles is a wonderful new tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve as the honorary head judge for this great occasion,” Andretti said. “I’m anxious to see all the magnificent cars that will be on display, and I know it will be a great day for everyone who loves classic cars.”

The Vintage and Classic Car Show also serves as a centerpiece for Opening Day of the 97th Indianapolis 500, with practice getting underway for drivers trying to earn one of the coveted 33 spots in the starting field. The race is scheduled for noon (ET) Sunday, May 26.

Later that evening, Andretti will share entertaining stories and anecdotes with IMS Historian Donald Davidson during a panel discussion during the Celebration of Automobiles Awards Dinner at IMS where awards in all COA categories will be presented.

Andretti is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship (1978). Andretti made 29 Indianapolis 500 starts, with six top-five finishes and three poles. He also scored 52 combined victories and four series championships during his illustrious IndyCar career.

Admission to IMS on Opening Day, including the Celebration of Automobiles, is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information on the 2013 Celebration of Automobiles, visit

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, 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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