IRL: Indy 500: Fan Tour set to hit the road

FAN TOUR TAKING INDY 500 EXCITEMENT ON THE ROAD ACROSS INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2005 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrates the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race by taking the festivities of "The Greatest ...

FAN TOUR TAKING INDY 500 EXCITEMENT ON THE ROAD ACROSS INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2005 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrates the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race by taking the festivities of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" back on the road this spring with the Indy 500 Fan Tour presented by Meijer/Coca-Cola.

Created to bring the excitement and anticipation of the Indianapolis 500 to fans, the Tour will travel across the state of Indiana and surrounding states. The Tour starts Friday, Feb. 24 and continues through the 90th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28.

The Tour is free for fans of all ages.

"The Indianapolis 500 has been an integral part of Indiana history since 1911, and the Indy 500 Fan Tour presented by Meijer/Coca-Cola allows our fans to begin celebrating the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 even before track activity begins," said Joie Chitwood, IMS president and chief operating officer.

The Tour kicks off from 4-8 p.m. (local time) Feb. 24 at Fastimes Indoor Karting in Indianapolis. IndyCar® Series drivers, including Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter and Vitor Meira, will race against local Indianapolis media. Fans can watch the competition and get a first-hand look at the Tour.

A 35-foot trailer adorned with the 2006 Indianapolis 500 logo and images narrating the history and events surrounding "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be the main attraction for the Tour. Other components of the Indy 500 Fan Tour presented by Meijer/Coca-Cola:

* A full-size IndyCar Series simulator

* Various collectables from drivers who competed in the Indianapolis 500

* Photo opportunities with life-size cut-outs of 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, 2004 IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan and 2005 Indianapolis 500 JPMorgan Chase Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick

* IndyCar Xbox video game competition

* Indianapolis 500 Race Day tickets available for purchase

The Tour schedule already has more than 20 public appearances throughout Indiana. Check regularly for schedule updates by clicking on the "Indy 500 Fan Tour Schedule" link on www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

For more information about the Indy 500 Fan Tour presented by Meijer/Coca-Cola, fans can e-mail fantour@brickyard.com.

<pre> INDY 500 FAN TOUR PRESENTED BY MEIJER/COCA-COLA SCHEDULE (Subject to change, all times Eastern, all locations in Indiana unless specified)

Date            Location        Venue/Event                     Time
Feb. 24         Indianapolis    Downtown                        6-9 a.m.
Feb. 24         Indianapolis    Fastimes Indoor Karting         4-8 p.m.
March 11        Indianapolis    Indiana Ice game                4:30 p.m.
April 5         Indianapolis    Indianapolis Motor Speedway     8 a.m.-5 p.m.
April 7         Crown Point      Crown Point Car Show           5-8 p.m.
April 8-9       Indianapolis    Country Music Expo              9 a.m.-6 p.m.
April 14        Indianapolis    Conseco Fieldhouse              8 p.m.
April 15        Indianapolis    Indianapolis Motor Speedway     8 a.m.
April 22        Lawrenceburg    Lawrenceburg Speedway           4 p.m.
April 23        Winchester      Winchester Speedway             Noon
April 28        Gas City        Gas City I-69 Speedway          4-8 p.m.
April 29        Rossburg, OH    Eldora Speedway                 4 p.m.
May 3           Terre Haute     North Vigo High School          11 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 6           Indianapolis    500 Festival Mini-Marathon      7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 8           Indianapolis    Meijer (96th Street)            6-8 p.m.
May 12          Fort Wayne      Fort Wayne Wizards game         6 p.m.
May 13          Terre Haute     Terre Haute Action Track        4 p.m.
May 14          Kokomo          Kokomo Speedway                 4 p.m.
May 15          Marysville, OH  Honda plant                     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 16          Indianapolis    Downtown                        10 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 16          Indianapolis    Meijer (Rockville Road)         6-8 p.m.
May 21          Indianapolis    500 Festival Kids Day           Noon-4 p.m.
May 24          Indianapolis    Community Day                   9 a.m.-6 p.m.
May 24          Indianapolis    Meijer (Pike Plaza)             6-8 p.m.
May 25          Carmel          Meijer                          6-8 p.m.
May 27          Indianapolis    Indianapolis Raceway Park       3-8 p.m.

*** </pre> 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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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Danica Patrick , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira