IRL: Indy 500 Fan Tour 2007 preview

FAN TOUR TAKING INDY 500 EXCITEMENT ON THE ROAD ACROSS MIDWEST INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off the 2007 Summer of Speed and the 91st Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race by taking the Indy 500...

FAN TOUR TAKING INDY 500 EXCITEMENT ON THE ROAD ACROSS MIDWEST

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off the 2007 Summer of Speed and the 91st Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race by taking the Indy 500 Fan Tour back on the road, giving fans the chance to experience "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Designed to bring the thrill and anticipation of the Indianapolis 500 to fans, the Tour will travel across Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The Tour starts Sunday, Feb. 11 in Indianapolis and continues through the 2007 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27.

The Tour is free for fans of all ages.

"Since the Indianapolis 500 has been an essential part of motorsports history, we wanted to give our fans a way to see firsthand what makes the Indianapolis 500 such a great event," IMS President Joie Chitwood said. "The Fan Tour brings that excitement right to fans' communities, increasing the anticipation for another memorable Month of May at the Speedway."

The Tour kicks off from 1-5 p.m., Feb. 11 at Fastimes Indoor Karting in Indianapolis. IndyCar® Series drivers, including Sarah Fisher, Vitor Meira and Ed Carpenter, and Indy Pro Series driver Travis Gregg, will race against local Indianapolis media and celebrities, including "Survivor" star Rupert Boneham. Fans can watch the competition and get a first-hand look at the Indy 500 Fan Tour.

A 35-foot trailer adorned with the 2007 Indianapolis 500 logo and images illustrating the events that make the Indianapolis 500 the world's largest single-day sporting event will accompany the Fan Tour to each stop.

Other components of the Indy 500 Fan Tour:

* A full-size IndyCar Series simulator

* Various collectables from drivers who competed in the Indianapolis 500, including a collection of helmets from past and current drivers and a pair of driving gloves from two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves

* An IndyCar Series safety display complete with in-car crash box with warning lights

* Pieces of brick and asphalt from the famed 2.5-mile oval

The Indy 500 Fan Tour already is scheduled for several stops throughout the Midwest. Check regularly for schedule updates by clicking the "Indy 500 Fan Tour Schedule" link at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

<pre> INDY 500 FAN TOUR SCHEDULE (Subject to change, all times Eastern, all locations in Indiana unless specified)

Date            Location        Venue/Event                                                     Time
Feb. 11         Indianapolis    Fastimes Indoor Karting                                         1-5 p.m.
Feb. 22-25      Indianapolis    Motorcycle Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds                      Various
March 3-4       Chicago, Ill.   Chevy Vette Fest                                                9 a.m.-6 p.m.
March 24        Indianapolis    Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar Series Viewing Party       7-11 p.m.
March 25        Indianapolis    Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Viewing Party    Noon-4 p.m.
March 31        Rossburg, Ohio  Eldora Speedway                                                 4 p.m.
April 13-14     Indianapolis    O'Reilly Raceway Park                                           8 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 21        Salem           Salem Speedway                                                  4 p.m.
April 27        Gas City        Gas City I-69 Speedway                                          4 p.m.
April 28        Rossburg, Ohio  Eldora Speedway                                                 4 p.m.
May 4-6         Hebron, Ohio    Super Chevy Show, National Trail Raceway                        Various
May 16          Brownstown      Brownstown Speedway                                             4 p.m.
May 20          Toledo, Ohio    Toledo Speedway                                                 4 p.m.
May 26          Indianapolis    O'Reilly Raceway Park                                           3 p.m.

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2007 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 91st Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2007.

Tickets can be purchased at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by phone or at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office. The IMS Ticket Office can be contacted at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally. Ticket Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Parking and camping permits for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" also can be purchased online, by phone or at the Ticket Office.

-credit: ims

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Travis Gregg , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira