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Saturday, May 28: A.J. Foyt Day

A.J. Foyt Day
Dramatic, exciting changes are in store for fans at IMS the final day before the world's greatest auto race. Long known as a quiet afternoon at the track after the Drivers' Meeting in the morning, this day bursts with activity this May with the declaration of "A.J. Foyt Day" and as headlined by the "World's Largest Autograph Session."
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
The legendary first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, A.J. Foyt, will be honored Saturday, May 28 during "A.J. Foyt Day" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Read announcement here). This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foyt's first Indianapolis victory, in 1961.
Join us for special activities on May 28th in celebration of A.J. Foyt's accomplishments and contributions to the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race including:
Location (see map here)
9:00 a.m.Autograph Session Wristband Distribution*Pagoda Plaza
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.Q & A with A.J. Foyt on Coca-Cola StagePagoda Plaza
11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.Exclusive Autograph Session with A.J. FoytPlaza
  *Number of wristbands available for exclusive autograph session limited to 100

Location (Map)
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia ShowInfield Area
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Autograph Session: 2011 Indy 500 Field of 33 Drivers (Current Field)Pagoda Plaza
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Autograph Session: Living Indy 500 Veterans (Retired Former Winners)Pagoda Plaza
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Red Bull Battle at the BricksFlag Lot
10:40 - 11:00 a.m.Public Driver's MeetingTower Terrace
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.Autograph Session: Veteran Indy 500 Legends (Indy 500 Former Starters)Plaza
12:00 p.m.Virtual Indy 500MotoGP Garages
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.Firestone Indy Lights Driver Q & A - Bryan ClausonCoca-Cola Stage
1:45 p.m.Bryan Clauson Autograph SessionInfield Area
 All DayBook Signings featuring Indianapolis Motor Speedway authorsTBD
 67 Indy 500 Winning Cars DisplayHall of Fame Museum
 Vintage, Sprint, and Midget Cars DisplayInfield Area
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has invited all 269 living veteran drivers of the Indianapolis 500 to appear at the “World’s Largest Autograph Session” to be held in two segments on May 28. The event will begin in the Plaza at 9:00 a.m. with the traditional autograph session featuring the 33 drivers that will compete at the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 on the 29th Indy 500 champions of the past will sign autographs in the Plaza Hospitality beginning at 9:00 a.m., with both events concluding at 10:00 a.m. The traditional Drivers’ Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Tower Terrace.
The “World’s Largest Autograph Session” will continue from noon to 4:00 p.m. showcasing the other veteran Indy 500 legends of the Brickyard on hand for this unique and unforgettable event offering fans unprecedented access to their heroes.
A full-scale Indy 500 memorabilia show will take place in the track’s infield. This show is already so popular that vendor space sold out within 48 hours. The infield area will also feature a display of vintage sprint and midget cars of the past driven by the greatest names of Indy lore: Foyt, Andretti, Unser, Rutherford and more.
The Red Bull Battle at the Bricks will showcase top riders from around the world competing on a concrete playground. The Flatland BMX competition is similar to breakdancing on a pedal bike. The best performers will take top honors in the BMX Flatland world! The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Flag Lot.
A “Virtual Indy 500” will feature fans across the world racing in a full-length Indianapolis 500 on the PC simulation Selected fans also will compete against Indianapolis 500 drivers in an sprint race appearing on the Jumbotrons at IMS, with prizes including Race Day packages to the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and moreMORE.
Throughout the day, fans can also look for book signing opportunities featuring authors of new books about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its history.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum will be open with its incredible exhibition of 67 Indianapolis 500-winning cars.
The driver perhaps most synonymous with the Indianapolis 500, A.J. Foyt made a record 35 consecutive starts between 1958 and 1992 and was the race's first four-time winner, taking the checkered flag in the 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977 races.
Foyt also earned four Indy poles between 1965 and 1975, led a record 13 races for a total of 555 laps, and is the only driver to have won the "500" in front- and rear-engine cars.
The Texan is also the career leader in laps completted and races led. Foyt retired as a driver in an emotional moment at IMS on Pole Day in 1993, but he remains a team owner, winning the race in that capacity with driver Kenny Brack in 1999.
Hear what IMS Historian Donald Davidson had to say on Foyt by visiting the driver's profile See photos of Foyt in action by clicking here.


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