Wonder Bread Name Came From a Trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Balloons have been part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the track was built. Be it the balloons launched skyward right before the start of the Indianapolis 500, or the hot air balloons that have filled the Indiana skies launched from the Speedway grounds. The age old trivia question about the first race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was a hot air balloon race that has been talked about for years. There have been many stories concerning hot air balloons at the Speedway. One, is about the gondola of…

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IMS to Host a Pre-Release of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” During Grand Prix Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – Hollywood will come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday evening, May 12, as a special, pre-release red carpet screening of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” will be shown in Pagoda Plaza during the INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend. The film, scheduled for national release on Friday, May 19, is the fourth movie based upon the wildly popular children’s book series by author Jeff Kinney. Among the celebrities attending the screening will be “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” stars Alicia Silverstone, who plays the…

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IMS Announces Big Plans for Community Engagement Leading Up to the Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today a new collaborative community effort, 500 Forward, to elevate and extend celebrations surrounding the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and the Month of May. 500 Forward consists of 13 partner organizations paired with IMS to execute programming and events that celebrate the Greatest Month in Racing and support worthy civic initiatives through the legacy and appeal of the Indianapolis 500. “Indiana’s reputation for hosting world-class sporting events is fueled entirely by our unique ability to build diverse community coalitions in support…

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Chevrolet Test Session at Indy This Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is inviting fans to watch another Indianapolis 500 test, this time by Chevrolet teams on Saturday, April 1. Fans can view the test for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with a lunch break from noon-1 p.m., from the Turn 2 Viewing Mounds, IMS Museum Lot or the South Terrace Grandstands. Free parking is available in the Museum Lot for fans. This is the second Indianapolis 500 test in eight days at IMS, as Honda drivers as well as Team Penske turned laps under sunny skies,…

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Important Day of Learning for IndyCar Drivers in Friday’s Test Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS – Originally, today’s Verizon IndyCar Series test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was supposed to occur on Saturday. But, a bleak weather forecast with rain moving in tomorrow and staying for most of next week, prompted INDYCAR and IMS officials to move the seven-hour test up 24-hours to get it in before wet weather moved into Central Indiana. The skies may have been clear and sunny, but the winds wrecked havoc for drivers and teams around the famed 2.5-mile track. Overall, 11 drivers took to the track on Friday, with…

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Test Days Like Today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Beneficial for a Small Team Like Graham Rahal’s

INDIANAPOLIS – The calendar may say March 24, but there were Verizon IndyCar Series machines on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on Friday. All four Chip Ganassi Racing cars, both Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports entries as well as Graham Rahal with Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing took part in the Honda team test at the famed 2.5-mile track today. The four car Team Penske organization joined them as well making 11 different car/driver combinations hitting the yard of bricks on a beautiful sun drenched afternoon at IMS. But, windy conditions made things treacherous for drivers today,…

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