Eldora's Prelude to the Dream news 2008-05-21

92ND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER OFFERED RIDE IN JUNE 4 OLD SPICE PRELUDE TO THE DREAM 2008 Indy 500 Winner Will Have Car Available to Compete in All-Star Dirt Late Model Race on HBO Pay-Per-View ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 21, 2008) -- The winner of...


2008 Indy 500 Winner Will Have Car Available to Compete in All-Star Dirt Late Model Race on HBO Pay-Per-View

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 21, 2008) -- The winner of the 2008 Indianapolis 500 will receive a frosty bottle of milk in victory lane, a check for more than $2.5 million dollars, the keys to the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car and the opportunity to race a dirt late model against the likes of Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and others.

Stewart, a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and five-time Indianapolis 500 starter, is offering the winner of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 a car to drive in the fourth annual Old Spice Prelude to the Dream June 4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

"The winner of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 has a standing offer to compete in this year's Old Spice Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway," said Stewart, who has three top-10 finishes in five Indianapolis 500 starts. "We'll have a car waiting for him or her, and we'd love to have whoever puts their name on the Borg-Warner trophy at Indianapolis come about two hours east and compete in a dirt late model to raise money for charity."

The dirt late model stock car that will be waiting for the winner of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 will feature logos from this year's 500-mile race, as well as the famous wing and wheel logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Last year, nearly 20,000 fans at Eldora watched Carl Edwards hold off strong charges from Kyle Busch and Gordon to take his first win at the half-mile clay oval. Those unable to secure a ticket to last year's event watched live on HBO Pay-Per-View, with the collective audience raising $800,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Tony Stewart Foundation.

Those three drivers and more will be back for this year's event, as will HBO Pay-Per-View, with the goal to raise $1 million to support construction of Victory Junction Gang Camp II in Kansas City, as well as the Tony Stewart Foundation.

Should the Indianapolis 500 winner decide to take part in the race, he'll compete against Edwards, Busch and Gordon, as well as two-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Johnson, a Prelude newcomer who will join Stewart, Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, Bobby Labonte and others as they pilot 2,300-pound dirt late model stock cars capable of putting out over 800 horsepower.

"There are many talented drivers competing in this year's Indianapolis 500," Stewart said. "We'd love to have whoever wins come to Eldora. It'd be great to see Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon, Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal or any of the other 26 talented IndyCar Series drivers in this year's Indy 500 try their hand behind the wheel of a dirt late model."

Many past Indianapolis 500 champions have competed at Eldora since 1954, including A.J. Foyt, Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Al Unser Jr., Tom Sneva and Gordon Johncock. Juan Pablo Montoya, who won the 2000 Indianapolis 500, made his Eldora debut in last year's Old Spice Prelude to the Dream.

For those who want to see the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream in person, tickets are available online at www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the track office (937) 338-3815. Act fast -- the race has sold out in each of its three previous years and only a few thousand general admission tickets remain.

The live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT), with an immediate replay and subsequent replays throughout the week and the following weekend. HBO Pay-Per-View's racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming in the pay-per-view industry. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at www.hbo.com.

In addition to the aforementioned drivers, J.J. Yeley, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Bill Elliott, Dave Blaney, David Reutimann, Robby Gordon, Aric Almirola, Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Ray Evernham, Red Farmer, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace have also committed to the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream.

Drivers from all types of disciplines, some with lots of dirt track experience and others with hardly any, will participate in hot laps, qualifying, heat races and the 30-lap feature, all of which will be televised live HBO Pay-Per-View.

With no points and no pressure, the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream is a throwback race, allowing drivers to step back in time and compete for the reasons they all went racing in the first place -- pride and a trophy. And they'll do it on the same surface that Indianapolis 500 legends like Foyt, Unser and Andretti have competed on throughout the last 54 years.

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Series Charity , IndyCar , NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Ron Capps , Kevin Harvick , Kenny Wallace , Robby Gordon , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Graham Rahal , Jimmie Johnson , Dan Wheldon , Mario Andretti , Bobby Unser , Tom Sneva , Parnelli Jones , Cruz Pedregon , Kasey Kahne , J.J. Yeley , David Reutimann , Ray Evernham , Marco Andretti , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Gordon Johncock , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , A.J. Foyt , Red Farmer , Danica Patrick , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin , Johnny Rutherford