• 500 champs to be honored at 100th running of race


    Winners of the Indianapolis 500 will honored during the 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

    A total of 69 drivers, from Ray Harroun in 1911 to Juan Pablo Montoya in 2015, have won the Indianapolis 500. Twenty-eight are still alive, from 82-year-old Parnelli Jones to 35-year-old Ryan Hunter-Reay. Montoya and Hunter-Reay currently compete in the IndyCar series.

    The IMS will hold the Legends Day Honoring Champions of the 500 presented by Firestone one day before the race or on May 29.

    “On the eve of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, we’re appropriately honoring everyone who has become part of racing immortality in winning the previous 99 installments,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Legends Day presented by Firestone has become a great way for our fans to celebrate the race’s history and this will be one not to miss, just like the race itself.”

    AJ Foyt, Arie Luyendyk, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr. and Bobby Unser, now regarded as living legends, are among those scheduled to appear as part of the Legends Day presented by Firestone activities.

    Other featured events on Legends Day include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show. The day is capped by the third annual Legends Day presented by Firestone Concert featuring Blake Shelton.

    Leading up to Legends Day, IMS.com will host a “Champions of the 500 Bracket” where fans can vote for their favorite Indy 500 legends. Sixteen drivers are featured, with two at a time facing off over a five-week period starting today.

    Fans may vote at IMS.com/Champsofthe500 and then share their votes on their own social platforms. The bracket will play to a championship “match” with voting ending on May 24. The winning driver will be named the “Fan-Voted Legend” for Legends Day presented by Firestone.

    Visitors looking to the downtown Indianapolis sky will be greeted by a massive rendering of the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy throughout the month of May. The 100th Running Host Committee also commissioned a 74,538-square-foot graphic celebrating the 100th running of the race that will adorn the exterior of the JW Marriott Indianapolis, greeting guests from across the globe traveling to Indianapolis for this year’s legendary race.



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