IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson

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IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson
August 24, 2015 | By IMS
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Indianapolis 500 and United States Grand Prix veteran Justin Wilson:

“We’re saddened to have lost such an exceptional driver, friend and role model to many in the INDYCAR community. Justin was one of the most versatile and talented drivers of the last 15 years, as evidenced by his wins in sports cars, Champ Car and INDYCAR. More important than his driving ability was his approachable personality, his calm spirit, and the respect he earned throughout the racing community for the tremendous person, friend, father and husband he was. Justin made innumerable friends and admirers throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR communities. All of us at IMS extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Wilson family.”

Wilson first competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2003 United States Grand Prix, finishing eighth and scoring his lone Formula One championship point of his career. Beginning in 2008, Wilson had competed in eight straight Indianapolis 500 races (2008 – 2015), finishing in the top 10 three times, with a best finish of fifth in 2013. Wilson also competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014 and 2015. He is just one of three drivers who has competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the United States Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

A STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF JUSTIN WILSON

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A STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF JUSTIN WILSON
August 25, 2015 / Comments Off on A Statement from the family of Justin Wilson

Allentown, Penn.
24 August 2015

With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23.

Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wilson Children’s Fund care of INDYCAR.

Wilson Children’s Fund

C/O INDYCAR

4551 West 16th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46222

Tomorrow at the Track: Thursday, May 14

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INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Information about 2015 Indianapolis 500 activity on Thursday, May 14, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

DAY: Indianapolis 500 Practice

SCHEDULE (all times local):

9:30-11 a.m. IndyCar Experience
10 a.m. Public Gates Open
Event Car Rides Begin
Ivy Tech Garage Tours Begin — Gasoline Alley Garage 35
11:30 a.m. Event Car Rides End
Noon Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Begins
6 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Ends
Public Gates Close
TICKETS: $15, children 12 and under free.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 10 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian gates open are Gates 1B, 2, 4, 6, 6A, Media Gate, 7 Vehicle, 7 South Pedestrian, 9A, 10, 10A, 12.

STANDS OPEN: B Stand (As needed GA – Sec. 22-25), B Penthouse (As needed GA – Sec. 2-25), E Stand (Open-GA), North Vista Wheelchair (As needed GA, Sec. 21), Northwest Vista (As needed GA, Sec. 1-4), Northwest Vista Deck (Open-GA), Paddock (As needed GA, Sec. 9-18), Paddock Pressbox (Open-GA), Paddock Penthouse (As needed GA, Sec. 9-30), Pit Road Terrace (Open-GA), South Terrace (Open-GA), Tower Terrace (As needed GA, Sec. 37-42), Tower Terrace Wheelchair (Open-GA), Wheelchair Accessible (Open GA), Backstretch Mounds (Open-GA), Backstretch Family Mounds (Open-GA), Turn 2 Mounds (Open-GA), Turn 3 Mounds (Open-GA), Gasoline Alley Roof (Open-GA)

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free. Gate admission to the Indianapolis 500 is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.

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.