IRL: Indy500: Pepsi Fun Day to provide excitement

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 16, 2001 - Pepsi Fun Day on May 19 promises a variety of entertainment for diehard race fans and families alike at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Drivers and teams who are not qualified for the 33-car Indianapolis...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 16, 2001 - Pepsi Fun Day on May 19 promises a variety of entertainment for diehard race fans and families alike at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Drivers and teams who are not qualified for the 33-car Indianapolis 500 field will feel the pressure on Pepsi Fun Day, as they have only a few hours of track time before Bump Day qualifications May 20 - the final day of qualifications for the 85th Indianapolis 500.

On Pepsi Fun Day, fans young and old will be entertained by several autograph sessions, motocross exhibitions, music at the Pepsi Stage, a roving band and the Boehmer Family Jugglers.

Extreme Freestyle Motocross exhibitions, featuring star riders such as Trevor Vines, Mike Jones, Jeremy Carter, Kenny Bartram and Doug Parsons, will take place at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on a portion of the Speedway's infield road course behind the Hall of Fame Museum. A rider autograph session will take place at noon in the Pagoda Plaza, located directly behind the Speedway's 13-story Pagoda control tower. Indianapolis 500 legend Joe Leonard, who drove in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" nine times and piloted the famous STP turbine-engine "whooshmobile" to the pole in 1968, will sign autographs at 1:30 p.m. in the Pagoda Plaza.

Popular blues rock musician Duke Tumatoe will perform at the Pepsi Stage in the Pagoda Plaza at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band and Family Jugglers will perform in the Plaza throughout the day.

The public also can register at the Pepsi Stage to win prizes in drawings conducted at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. The prizes include: several RCA 19-inch televisions, Lyra MP3 sound file players, digital video recorders, mountain bikes, Indianapolis 500 jackets, Pepsi racing apparel and coolers, and helmets signed by Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers.

Since Bump Day is also Armed Forces Day at the Speedway, examples of military air and ground equipment will be on display for the entire weekend. Air equipment will be displayed adjacent to the Extreme Freestyle Motocross exhibition area behind the Hall of Fame Museum, and ground equipment will be available for public viewing in the museum's east parking lot.

Admission for Pepsi Fun Day is $5, and free for children age 5 and younger. Public gates open at 8 a.m., and Indianapolis 500 practice is scheduled for 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

-IRNLS/IMS-

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