USGP PIT WALKABOUT OFFERS UP-CLOSE LOOK AT F1 DRIVERS, CARS Formula One stars such as M. Schumacher, Alonso to participate in public sessions INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, June 23, 2006 - The United States Grand Prix Pit Walkabout on Thursday, June 29...
USGP PIT WALKABOUT OFFERS UP-CLOSE LOOK AT F1 DRIVERS, CARS
Formula One stars such as M. Schumacher, Alonso to participate in public sessions
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, June 23, 2006 - The United States Grand Prix Pit Walkabout on Thursday, June 29 will offer more exciting, fan-friendly features than ever, getting fans geared up for the annual Formula One race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Pit Walkabout officially kicks off the United States Grand Prix weekend at IMS, as it serves as a prelude to a great weekend of racing culminating in the seventh annual USGP at Indianapolis on Sunday, July 2.
Public gates open at 7 a.m. (ET) June 29. A Race Day ticket is required to participate in the Pit Walkabout, scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon on pit lane.
A variety of other exciting USGP-related activities also will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Speedway's Pagoda Plaza, including driver autograph sessions, driver question-and-answer sessions, live entertainment and displays.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Official Trackside Gift Shops and IMS concession stands adjacent to the Pagoda Plaza and the Hall of Fame Museum, and the Formula One team/driver official merchandise trailers, located in the east parking lot of the museum, will be open all day.
When fans reach the Speedway's famous pit lane during the Pit Walkabout, they can stand adjacent to the open Formula One garages, providing a clear view of the sleek cars, high-tech equipment and skilled personnel of all 11 Formula One teams, including defending Formula One Constructors Championship winners Mild Seven Renault, fan-favorite Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team, Team McLaren Mercedes and Scuderia Toro Rosso, which fields the car of American F1 driver Scott Speed.
The Indy Pro Series paddock also will be open during the Pit Walkabout, so fans can get close to the cars of the IndyCar® Series' primary development series, which will race on the road circuit at the Speedway in the Liberty Challenge during the USGP weekend. The other two other USGP support series are the Porsche Michelin Supercup and Formula BMW USA.
Driver autograph sessions and interactive fan question-and-answer sessions with Formula One drivers will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Pagoda Plaza. SPEED television's Formula One broadcast team members Bob Varsha, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will play host to the Q&A sessions, which will take place on the Pagoda Plaza stage.
Drivers scheduled to participate include former Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve, defending World Champion Fernando Alonso, seven-time World Champion and four-time USGP winner Michael Schumacher, rookie sensation Nico Rosberg, Christijan Albers, Jenson Button, Christian Klien, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Franck Montagny, Tiago Monteiro, Takuma Sato, Ralf Schumacher and Mark Webber.
Frankie Muniz, who played Malcolm in the hit FOX comedy "Malcolm in the Middle" and is competing full-time in the 2006 Formula BMW USA series, also will answer questions from the crowd.
A complete schedule of personalities appearing on stage and participating in the autograph sessions will be released soon.
Due to autograph session time constraints, all fan participants must have a wristband to get their favorite drivers' autographs. Wristband distribution begins at 8 a.m. in the Pagoda Plaza, and a separate wristband is required for each driver's autograph session.
The Pit Walkabout will have even more appeal to fans of all ages and interests thanks to additional entertainment and attractions such as face painting, IMS Hall of Fame Museum cars on display and photo opportunities with the USGP's popular Grid Girls. Bridgestone also will have a Michael Schumacher Ferrari race car on display along with two F1 racing simulators.
Following the Bridgestone drivers' Q&A, live music is scheduled on the Pagoda Plaza stage from 3-4 p.m. by popular singer/songwriter Josh Holmes.
2006 USGP tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 United States Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday, July 2.
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.
A three-day "Season Pass" for the event is only $60. The pass is good for admission to IMS for all three days of on-track activity, Friday, June 30-Sunday, July 2. All seating Friday and Saturday is general admission, and the pass provides general admission access to the Viewing Mounds, Infield, First Turn Terrace, South Terrace and Tower Terrace (Sections 39-77) on Sunday, July 2.
Reserved seats for Race Day, Sunday, July 2, start at $75.