Pat McAfee to Drive Pace Car for Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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Pat McAfee to Drive Pace Car for Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
May 08, 2015 | By IMS

This morning, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was announced on the Bob & Tom Show as the Pace Car driver of Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To prepare for his role as driver of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 on the IMS road course, he will get a tutorial Friday evening from two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk.

McAfee, Luyendyk and IMS president Doug Boles will be available for interviews at 7 p.m. Friday at the Yard of Bricks on the front straightaway.

“I’ve done some cool things around Indianapolis over the years but the opportunity to drive a Pace Car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has to be among the coolest,” Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee said. “But it’s a serious job too, and I’m lucky to have a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner as my coach. I can’t wait to hit the track and learn all those left and right turns.”

“The Angie’s List Grand Prix is an event that’s all about getting up close and personal with racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pat McAfee has long been an accessible fan favorite with the Colts, so I think we have a perfect match for Saturday afternoon’s race and look forward to seeing Pat lead the field to the green,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles said.

“New Way to the Speedway” to assist fans attending Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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‘New Way to the Speedway’ to assist fans attending Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – Fans attending the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 9, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are encouraged to review the “New Way to the Speedway” plan recently implemented by IMS.

Fans should plan their routes ahead of time for an easier, more efficient drive to the track, and the “New Way to the Speedway” program is designed to suggest the best routes for fans to travel to IMS as efficiently as possible.

The most noticeable change fans will experience in traveling to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year is the new roundabout at the intersection of 16th Street and Georgetown Road. Drivers can no longer access Georgetown Road from 16th Street or Crawfordsville Road because it does not connect to the roundabout.

IMS has worked closely with the Speedway Police Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies to revamp certain parts of the traffic plan for IMS events. All Speedway patrons should be aware of the following:

• Guests with an infield parking pass traveling on 16th Street from downtown can enter the track through Gate 2.
• Guests with an infield parking pass coming from I-465 should exit going east on 38th Street, south on Moller Road and east on 30th Street to Gate 10.
• Credentialed guests can access Georgetown Road from 25th Street to reach Gate 7, which will only be open to vehicles with a corresponding parking pass or those displaying a disabled placard until 2:30 p.m.
• For guests who purchased parking or camping, please be sure to follow the directions provided in the parking direction brochure. The routes are in conjunction with law enforcement’s traffic plan and highlighted to ensure each guest arrives at their designated lot.

The free parking lot option for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is the North 40/Lot 7. Please note, there is limited free parking in the North 40/Lot 7. Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to follow I-465 to 38th Street, south on Moller Road and east on 30th Street to North 40/Lot7.

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Day road closures

In an effort to increase the safety and security of race patrons, the Speedway Police Department will close Georgetown Road and 16th Street to all vehicular traffic during the running of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Georgetown Road will be closed south of 25th Street beginning approximately one hour prior to the start of the race. After Georgetown Road is closed, no vehicular traffic, including placarded traffic, will be allowed to access the road way. Those race patrons with placards who are accustomed to entering IMS Gate 7 will have to enter through Gate 2 (W. 16th Street) or Gate 10 (30th Street). Local residents who reside on this stretch of Georgetown Road are encouraged to make provisions for this temporary traffic restriction as vehicles will not be permitted to access Georgetown Road from McCray Street, 24th Street, and all other access points in this area.

Upon completion of the race, Georgetown Road will remain closed to vehicular traffic until the vast majority of race pedestrian foot traffic clears from the roadway (approximately one hour after the race).

In addition, 16th Street will also be closed during the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis between Olin Avenue on the east to the 16th Street roundabout on the west from approximately one hour prior to the start of the race until the race concludes. In addition, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, as it will be blocked at 10th Street.

Traffic traveling east on Crawfordsville Road from the west will be turned around at the 16th Street roundabout. Traffic traveling west on 16th Street from downtown will be diverted south on Olin Avenue.

In addition, the Speedway Police Department wants local residents and motorists to be aware that a number of parking restrictions will be in place for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend. For a complete list, visit http://www.townofspeedway.org/egov/docs/1430231252198.htm

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend road closure restrictions and additional security measures are established to ensure the safety of residents, businesses and visitors during and after IMS events. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Speedway Police Department appreciate everyone’s cooperation during these temporary restrictions.

IMS “KNOW YOUR ZONE” program returns to assist motorists

Now in its fourth year, the “IMS KNOW YOUR ZONE” program is designed to help Speedway guests identify the best driving routes to parking lots located near their respective seating locations.

With the track opening at 8 a.m. on Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Day and an entire day of race cars on track beginning at 10 a.m., officials suggest fans arrive early to ensure getting to IMS in time to catch all the action. “All Roads Lead to Indy” driving routes have been created by the Indiana State Police and match KNOW YOUR ZONE colors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
• Orange: The southern end of IMS.
• Red: The northern end of IMS.
• Green: Between the Orange (southern) and Red (northern) zones.
For more information about the “KNOW YOUR ZONE” program, visit http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/at-the-track/directions-and-zones/know-your-zones

Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. ISP will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter and Facebook.

No coolers larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility, which will be strictly enforced. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.

For more information regarding access to IMS, visit IMS.com. For additional information, follow the Indiana State Police @IndStatePolice, the Speedway Police Department @Speedway PD or listen to radio stations WNFI-AM 1070 or WIBC-FM 93.1.

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2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 99th Indianapolis 500, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS 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 through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.

Jeff Gordon to drive Corvette Z06 pace car as five-time Brickyard winner starts the 99th Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Indiana racing legend and five-time Brickyard champion Jeff Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car to kick off the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, on May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana, is no stranger to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the first NASCAR race in the history of the famed 2.5-mile oval – the 1994 Brickyard 400 – and has won four more times, including last year. His 2014 victory made him the first five-time Brickyard champion and the only five-time winner of a major race on the IMS oval.

“Indy is hallowed ground for racers like me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car around the track that helped drive my success over the years,” Gordon said. “The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most celebrated races of the year and an event I always dreamed of racing while growing up in California and in nearby Pittsboro. I’ve won five NASCAR races at IMS and the track will always be a special place for me, so to be able to participate in such a historic day will be something I remember for the rest of my life.”

Race fans can follow Jeff Gordon and his Corvette Z06 pace car experience on Twitter at #JGPace2Race.

Gordon’s drive will mark the 13th time a Corvette has been the official pace car, dating to 1978, and the 26th time a Chevrolet has led the pack for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Corvette has served as the pace car more than any other vehicle in the race’s history.

“Jeff is a great choice to lead this year’s starting 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500 to the green flag,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Jeff has such a strong connection to the state of Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his appearance in the Corvette Z06 pace car reinforces Chevrolet’s important place in the past, present and future of the Indianapolis 500. We also look forward to seeing him back here on July 26, to see if he can make it six wins in the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard.”

With 650 supercharged horsepower, a seven-speed manual transmission and a track-capable chassis system, Gordon will have no trouble keeping in front of the race field in the production-spec Corvette Z06. Featuring an Arctic White exterior and Adrenaline Red interior, only its unique Indy graphics package and safety strobe lights distinguish it from other production models.

Like Gordon, Chevrolet has a long, shared heritage with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500 Mile Race, and the Chevrolet brothers – company co-founder Louis, Arthur and Gaston – all competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.

“It’s great to have Jeff Gordon serve as this year’s pace car driver,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike. It will be very special to have Jeff lead the Indy 500 field to the green flag, behind the wheel of the most powerful and capable production car ever from Chevrolet – on a day he’ll also be competing in the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte.”

In addition to its frequent use as a pace car in the Indianapolis 500, official partner Chevrolet is the only car to ever pace the Brickyard 400.

Guardian of The Brickyard

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Chris Pratt, star of the new Guardians of the Galaxy is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today to lead the cars around driving the Chevy pace car. Pratt is new to NASCAR but stated he is looking forward to leading the cars around the track. Pratt told a room of reporters that he is looking forward to being signed by NASCAR after his laps leading the 37 cars around the track today for the Brickyard 400. He was amazed at how smooth his ride was around the track going what he said was a slow 120 mph.

Chris Pratt who is also a star of the show Parks and Recreation set in a fictional city in Indiana has been to the Hoosier state once before. Parks and Recreation filmed a show at Lucas Oil Stadium with several members of the Indianapolis Colts and he was on the field playing catch with Andrew Luck.
On a professional note for Pratt, he is looking forward to playing the hero character like his character, the Star Lord of the new movie Guardians of the Galaxy. He stated that the film has just confirmed their 2nd movie in the series. The Guardians of the Galaxy premieres this Friday, August 1st.
Be sure to watch to see if Christ Pratt makes the turnoff in the pace car today or keep the car on the track and prove his driving skills to NASCAR.