IRL: Indy 500 victory celebration scheduled for Sunday, May 27

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 4, 2001 -The Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration will take place the evening of Race Day, Sunday, May 27. The event honoring the 33 starting drivers of the 85th Indianapolis 500, and particularly the 2001...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 4, 2001 -The Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration will take place the evening of Race Day, Sunday, May 27. The event honoring the 33 starting drivers of the 85th Indianapolis 500, and particularly the 2001 champion of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, will again take place at the historic Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. A cocktail reception begins at 7 p.m. (EST), and the Victory Celebration gets underway at 8 p.m. "We began a new Indianapolis 500 tradition last year by moving the Victory Celebration to the evening of Race Day, when the sporting world is still abuzz about the day's events," said Tony George, president and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition to honoring the race champion and distributing the prizes of the multimillion-dollar race purse, several special awards will be presented, such as the Bank One Rookie of the Year Award and the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy. At the 2000 Victory Celebration, race winner Juan Montoya received 1,235,690 $in winnings from a record $9,476,505 purse.

The 2001 Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration will be televised on ESPN2 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. (EDT) May 29. Bob Jenkins, the ABC Sports and ESPN auto racing anchor, will serve as host. Limited seating is available for the public. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by contacting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at (317) 484-6709.

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