IRL: Indy 500: IMS news and notes 2006-05-02

90th INDIANAPOLIS 500 NEWS & NOTES Cheap Trick to play Pole Day show at IMS; Firestone Indy sweepstakes underway INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 2, 2006 -- Legendary rock band Cheap Trick will headline a special concert on WorldPoints Visa Card Pole...

90th INDIANAPOLIS 500 NEWS & NOTES
Cheap Trick to play Pole Day show at IMS; Firestone Indy sweepstakes underway

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 2, 2006 -- Legendary rock band Cheap Trick will headline a special concert on WorldPoints Visa Card Pole Day for the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday, May 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The concert will take place on the Miller Lite Stage in the infield, adjacent to Turn 3 of the IMS oval. It is free for all ticket holders for WorldPoints Visa Card Pole Day, on which the coveted inside front-row starting spot for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be decided.

"This exciting Cheap Trick concert is just another great addition to the Month of May lineup at the Speedway," said Joie Chitwood, IMS president and chief operating officer. "The combination of the drama of the run for the coveted pole and the energy of a live Cheap Trick show will provide a fun, memorable day for our fans."

Cheap Trick, formed in 1973 in Rockford, Ill., has produced numerous rock hits during its illustrious career. Hit albums such as "Cheap Trick," "At Budokan," "In Color," "Heaven Tonight," "Dream Police" and "Lap of Luxury" spawned such hits as "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me," "Voices," "Dream Police," "The Flame" and "Don't Be Cruel."

The band is comprised of Robin Zander (vocals), Rick Nielsen (guitar), Tom Petersson (bass) and Bun E. Carlos (drums).

On-track activity on WorldPoints Visa Card Pole Day is scheduled to start with practice from 9-11 a.m. Qualifications take place from noon-6 p.m.

The Cheap Trick concert is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10, with children 5 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com via phone at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets also can be purchased at the gate.

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Firestone 'Party at the Pagoda' sweepstakes underway: Race fans who dream of seeing the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in style can register for the ultimate party experience -- the "Party at the Pagoda" -- sponsored by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire.

The grand prize winner of the "Party at the Pagoda" Sweepstakes will win a trip for 10 to the 2007 edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and celebrate the 91st running of racing's premier event at the iconic Bombardier Pagoda, located on the Speedway's famed main straightaway.

Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) launched the promotion May 1 in support of the Firestone® Firehawk, the tire that was "Born at Indy®, Performs Everywhere^Ù." Consumers can register to win the grand prize trip for 10 to Indy simply by visiting any participating Firestone retailer between May 1 and June 25. Winners will be randomly selected on July 15, 2006, at the IRL IndyCar Series' Firestone Indy 200 in Nashville, Tenn., from entries submitted at participating retailers.

Additional sweepstakes prizes include a first prize of a collectible TAG Heuer Indy 500 watch, five second prizes of a set of four Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires, and 10 third prizes of a framed, limited-edition Indy 500 90th Anniversary commemorative art piece, which includes images from the legendary venue as well as piece of the historic Brickyard.

See participating Bridgestone Firestone retailers for official rules and entry.

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Last Row Party is May 26: After a full schedule of activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 26, race fans can eat, drink and laugh as three Indianapolis 500 drivers share the hot seat at the 34th Last Row Party.

The Last Row Party, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Brickyard Crossing Inn, honors the drivers starting on the 11th and final row of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" with a dinner and roast. Brickyard Crossing Inn is located at 4400 W. 16th St., adjacent to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Turn 2.

One of the "500's" best peripheral events for fans, Last Row Party attendees can share a laugh at the drivers' expense and support a great cause.

The fun, light-hearted party begins with a short program and roast honoring the 11th-row starters in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 field, followed by dinner and additional entertainment. Popular radio, television and IMS Public Address personality Bob Jenkins will serve as host. The event benefits the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, which supports scholarships for journalism students attending colleges and universities in Indiana.

For more than three decades, the Last Row Party has paid tribute to the resilient drivers claiming the 31st, 32nd and 33rd spots in the Indianapolis 500 field.

A highlight of the evening's festivities is the Press Club Foundation's silent and live auctions of racing and other sports memorabilia, tickets to major sporting events, vacation trips, restaurant gift cards and entertainment gift certificates.

Tickets are $37.50 per person, or $350 for a table of 10, which includes dinner, soft drinks and beer, and entertainment. A cash bar is also available. For reservations, contact Debbie Ford at (317) 472-3952. Visa or MasterCard is accepted. For additional information, contact Holly Havener at (317) 631-6400 or hhavener@bjmpr.com.

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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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