IRL: Indy 500, Brickyard, USGP tickets online

Fans can now buy reserved tickets for all three IMS events via Internet INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Jan. 31 that reserved tickets for the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 will be...


Fans can now buy reserved tickets for all three IMS events via Internet

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Jan. 31 that reserved tickets for the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 will be sold online at www.imstix.com as well as through traditional methods. United States Grand Prix tickets were available online in 2002.

Beginning at 8 a.m. (EST) Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, tickets for all days of on-track activity in the Month of May -- including a limited supply of reserved seats for the 2003 Indianapolis 500 -- will go on sale at www.imstix.com. In addition to gate tickets for all days, fans can purchase parking passes for official IMS parking lots online.

Tickets for the Brickyard 400 practice day Aug. 1 and for the True Value International Race of Champions event Aug. 2 are available at imstix.com, but any remaining reserved seats for this year's Brickyard 400 will not be sold online until April.

"The Speedway debuted this online ticket system in 2002 for the USGP," said Peggy Swalls, IMS vice president of administration, who directs the ticketing department. "It worked so well, we adjusted the timetable to be able to sell reserved 500 and 400 tickets on the Web. When you are dealing with a venue the size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a project like this becomes monumental."

IMS traditionally sells all of its reserved tickets for the Indianapolis 500, but at any given time throughout the year tickets can become available. General admission tickets always are available for the massive infield, even on race day.

"Customers are always encouraged to call to check on their upgrade status, review their account or check on ticket availability," said Joie Chitwood, IMS senior vice president of business affairs. "When the upgrade process through renewal orders is finally completed, tickets often do become available. We're excited that some of these tickets are available to kick off this new feature of imstix.com."

Swalls stressed that fans can still order tickets by mail, over the phone or in person at the IMS ticket office.

"Customer service is the primary focus of the ticketing department," Swalls said. "Over the years, the staff here has developed one-on-one relationships with thousands of customers. Those relationships are special to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we will continue to sell and renew tickets that way, as well."

All online sales take place on a secure server with the latest encryption technology, ensuring safe, fast transactions. American Express, Discover Card, Master Card and VISA may be used for the online sales.

Ticket orders for all Indianapolis Motor Speedway events also can be placed by calling (800) 822-4639 or (317) 492-6700.

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