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The 100th Anniversary of the Indy 500!

The 100th Anniversary of the 500 Mile Race
Sunday, May 29th, 2011
GATES 6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.



From all the pre-race pageantry including the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana”…The playing of “Taps”…the balloon release and all the remarkable sights and sounds of the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, there is nothing anywhere in the world quite like the Indianapolis 500.

Events Schedule

6:00 AM Military Bomb signifies opening of the track
8:00 AM Spectacle of Bands begin Track
9:15 AM Hot Wheels Truck Warm-Up Begins Turns 3 & 4
9:25 AM Parade Lap with 500 Festival Cars carrying Princesses Track
9:30 AM Race Cars begin entering Pit Lane Pit Lane
9:50 AM Pace Laps featuring 1911 cars Track
10:00 AM Winning Driver laps in Pace Cars Track
10:15 AM Purdue University Band performs "On the Banks of the Wabash" Track
10:40 AM All cars are set in place on grid Track
10:40 AM IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500 World Record Jump Attempt Turn 4
11:00 AM Live coverage begins on ABC Tune-In
11:00 AM Decade cars driver by past Indy 500 winners begin Parade Lap Track
11:10 AM Military personnel parade lap Track
11:30 AM Driver Introductions PA
11:40 AM Troops march onto the Yard of Bricks Track
11:45 AM "America the Beautiful" Track
Florence Henderson sings "God Bless America" Track
National Anthem performed by David Foster, Seal & Kelly Clarkson Track
Military Flyer
Invocation by Bishop Christopher Coyne Victory Podium
Rifle Volley & Taps Track
"Back Home Again in Indiana" performed by Jim Nabors Track
Parade Lap Track
Pace Lap Track
Green Flag by Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Bruce P. Crandall Track

Exciting events scheduled prior to the dropping of the green flag include:
IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500 World Record Jump Attempt. During the IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500, a masked mystery driver from Team Hot Wheels will speed down a 90-foot ramp, suspended on an enormous 10-story high door (100 feet tall) and soar across the IMS infield inside Turn 4. MORE
The starter’s flag to be delivered to IMS by an Indiana University Health Helicopter
Past Indianapolis 500 winning cars driven by former winners of the race will parade the track.
Cars from the first Indy 500 driven by former winners will tour the Brickyard.
The 1909 Blitzen-Benz, which set a track mile record at IMS in 1910 and 1911, will take a parade lap
During the day fans will also have the opportunity to create their own energy at the Energy Playgroundlocated in the infield by Turn 3 near the Snake Pit. By either peddling stationary bikes or operating a teeter-totter, fans can create the electricity needed to charge their cell phones, I-Pads or cameras, and make snow cones!


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