IMS Brickyard 400 news 2005-04-22

FAMED POP ARTIST FAZZINO TO CREATE OFFICIAL ART FOR BRICKYARD 400 INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, April 22, 2005 -- Famed 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino has been named the Official Artist of the 12th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, and...

FAMED POP ARTIST FAZZINO TO CREATE OFFICIAL ART FOR BRICKYARD 400

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, April 22, 2005 -- Famed 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino has been named the Official Artist of the 12th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, and he will create the Official Artwork for the event, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced April 22.

Fazzino's artwork will be used to create the Official 12th Brickyard 400 Program cover and Official Poster. The Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7 on the historic, 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"We are excited that Charles Fazzino will be the Official Artist of the Brickyard 400," said Joie Chitwood, president and chief operating officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We are confident that his unique style will capture all the energy of Race Day, just as he did for the 2004 Indianapolis 500."

Fazzino was the Official Artist and created the Official Artwork for the 88th Indianapolis 500 in 2004.

"I am so honored to have been selected by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to commemorate the 12th running of the Brickyard 400," Fazzino said from his studio in New York. "I hope that my artwork will capture the magic and thrill of this historic NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race."

Fazzino also is the Official Artist for the 2005 Belmont Stakes, 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and Super Bowl XL.

One of the most in-demand artists in the world, Fazzino also has been the Official Artist for the Super Bowl (2001-04), Major League Baseball All-Star Game (2003-04,) U.S. Olympic Teams (2000, 2004), U.S. Tennis Foundation, Grammy Awards (2004), NBC's "Today Show" Summer Concert Series, Rosie O'Donnell's For All Kids Foundation and the President William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.

More information on Fazzino and examples of his art can be found at his Web site, www.fazzino.com.

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Brickyard tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 12th Brickyard 400, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

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