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100th Running Host Committee Places Historic Pylon Panels Throughout Indy as part of 33-Day Countdown

The 100th Running Host Committee, in association with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has launched a 33-day community countdown to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil using number panels from the historic IMS scoring pylon. The program repurposes pieces of the iconic 97 foot scoring pylon that towered over the front straightaway of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1994-2014. 

“This collaboration between IMS and the Host Committee will bring everyone closer to an iconic piece of Hoosier history and fuel even more anticipation for the monumental 100th Running,” said Hulman & Company Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton. “I’m so thrilled to add this to the fantastic list of activations led by our wonderful community volunteers.”  

Beginning today, the pylon number panels 1-33 will be showcased in public spaces and at community events throughout Central Indiana each day leading up to the 100th Running. The first panel was placed at Butler University’s Atherton Union Bookstore today. Click here to see a tweet from Butler Blue III. Race fans and Indianapolis residents are encouraged to seek out the numbers and post photos on social media channels using the hashtag “#countdowntoindy.”

The following sites will host the number panels, which will return to IMS following race weekend:

Tuesday 4/26/2016 33 Butler University - Atherton Union Bookstore
Wednesday 4/27/2016 32 English Foundation Building (Central Indiana Community Foundation)
Thursday 4/28/2016 31 One America Tower lobby
Friday 4/29/2016 30 Event: Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House/Host: Stutz Art Gallery
Saturday 4/30/2016 29 Event: Indy Ultimate Host: Indiana Sports Corp
Sunday 5/1/2016 28 Indianapolis Museum of Art
Monday 5/2/2016 27 University of Indianapolis - Schwitzer Student Center
Tuesday 5/3/2016 26 Humane Society of Indianapolis
Wednesday 5/4/2016 25 Haughville Public Library
Thursday 5/5/2016 24 Indianapolis Artsgarden
Friday 5/6/2016 23 Event: First Friday 100th Running Porch Party/Host: Harrison Center for the Arts
Saturday 5/7/2016 22 Event: Rev Host: IU Methodist Hospital
Sunday 5/8/2016 21 Jockamo's Irvington
Monday 5/9/2016 20 Indiana State Museum
Tuesday 5/10/2016 19 Central Library
Wednesday 5/11/2016 18 Visit Indy
Thursday 5/12/2016 17 Avondale Meadows YMCA
Friday 5/13/2016 16 Event: Festival on Main/Host: Town of Speedway
Saturday 5/14/2016 15 The Tube Factory in Garfield Park (Big Car)
Sunday 5/15/2016 14 IndyGo
Monday 5/16/2016 13 New Day Craft Tasting Room
Tuesday 5/17/2016 12 Indianapolis Urban League
Wednesday 5/18/2016 11 IndyHub
Thursday 5/19/2016 10 YMCA at CityWay
Friday 5/20/2016 9 Event: Rock IN Roar/Host: Downtown Indy
Saturday 5/21/2016 8 Town of Speedway
Sunday 5/22/2016 7 Nora Public Library
Monday 5/23/2016 6 La Plaza
Tuesday 5/24/2016 5 Indianapolis Power & Light Monument Circle Windows
Wednesday 5/25/2016 4 Indianapolis City Market
Thursday 5/26/2016 3 Pogue's Run Grocer
Friday 5/27/2016 2 Sun King Brewing Downtown Tasting Room
Saturday 5/28/2016 1 Indianapolis Motor Speedway; KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

The 100th Running Host Committee is part of the 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering a positive impact throughout the Hoosier state, working in tandem with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum. The Host Committee includes 12 full volunteer committees and 40 sub-committees with hundreds of enthusiastic community volunteers. These individuals are charged with working together to celebrate and leverage the 100th Running by enhancing the quality of life for all Hoosiers, elevating the image of the State of Indiana, heightening civic pride, creating cultural connection, enabling social impact and stimulating education. 

For more information on the host committee and a list of upcoming events, go to: or search #100RunningHC on social media.

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