IMS Museum to offer unique 'behind the scenes' tours in 2003.

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, December 30, 2002 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum again will offer the public an insider's view of the world-famous Speedway grounds with a 1.5-hour "Behind the Scenes" Grounds Tour during the summer of 2003.

The dates for the 2003 grounds tours: Saturday, June 14
Sunday, June 15
Saturday, June 28
Sunday, June 29
Saturday, July 5
Sunday, July 6
Saturday, July 19
Sunday, July 20
Saturday, Aug. 16
Sunday, Aug. 17
Saturday, Aug. 23
Sunday, Aug. 24
Saturday, Sept. 6
Sunday, Sept. 7

Tours are scheduled to depart the Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum at 9:30 a.m. (EST), 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. each of those dates.

The tours will offer an in-depth view of the Speedway's evolution over the past 92 years.

Participants will receive a guided tour of the 2.5-mile oval and unprecedented access to the Speedway's most important landmarks, including the Gasoline Alley Suites, the start/finish line and the famous "Yard of Bricks," the four-story media center, the Pagoda Control Tower's timing and scoring suite, the victory platform and the Gasoline Alley garage area.

"Our grounds tours have become a popular summertime attraction because it provides the public with access to areas of the Speedway that are not available to the public at any other time," said Ellen Bireley, manager, IMS Hall of Fame Museum. "From viewing the museum's collection of historic cars and equipment, to the latest technology in the timing and scoring suite, and the SAFER Barrier on the racetrack, our Grounds Tour guests will leave with a true appreciation of the development of automobile racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

Tickets for the tours are $25 for adults, $10 for children age 6-15 and free for children age 5 and younger, and are available at the Hall of Fame Museum. Tour tickets can also be ordered by mail. Send a check or money order payable to IMSF to:

Hall of Fame Museum/Grounds Tour
4790 W. 16th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

For additional information on the Grounds Tour or other Hall of Fame Museum attractions, call (317) 492-6747, or e-mail