IRL: Hulman-George family receives military honor

HULMAN-GEORGE FAMILY RECEIVES MILITARY HONOR IN WASHINGTON INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 7, 2006 -- The Hulman-George family received The Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service in recognition of its programs to ...

HULMAN-GEORGE FAMILY RECEIVES MILITARY HONOR IN WASHINGTON

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 7, 2006 -- The Hulman-George family received The Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service in recognition of its programs to honor the Armed Forces for the last 60 years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Allison Barber presented the award March 7 on behalf of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld during a celebration of the upcoming 90th Indianapolis 500 with the Smithsonian Associates at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center in Washington.

"Our family is honored to accept this award on behalf of everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Tony George, IMS president and chief executive officer. "The Speedway and the Armed Forces have enjoyed a very special relationship since the facility opened in 1909, and we take every opportunity we can to thank America's military for its sacrifice, service and dedication."

The numerous programs to honor the military at the Speedway include:

• An annual Armed Forces Day during the Indianapolis 500. All active military members in uniform or with identification are admitted free to the track on Armed Forces Day.

• A military induction ceremony at the track, traditionally led by U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), on Armed Forces Day.

• Free admission year-round to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum to active military members in uniform or with identification.

• Participation in the Department of Defense's America Supports You campaign, which started in 2005 and showcases and communicates America's support for its men and women in the United States Armed Forces and their families. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was one of the first companies to join the campaign.

• The largest gathering of Congressional Medal of Honor winners in history, at the 1999 Indianapolis 500. The Medal of Honor winners were featured in the 500 Festival Parade and the pre-race ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500.

• The playing of "Taps" and a military fly-over long have been a vital part of pre-race ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500, which has taken place on Memorial Day weekend since the inaugural event in 1911.

Terre Haute, Ind., businessman Tony Hulman purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945 and led the track to great success and worldwide renown until his death in 1977. His daughter, Mari Hulman George, is chairman of the board, and his grandson, Tony George, is president and CEO.

The 90th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 28.

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Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Indianapolis 500, the 90th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.

Ticket prices start at just $20.

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